Justices rule in favor of Hobby Lobby and religious beliefs

KIMT News 3 – The Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday on one very controversial issue.

The family owned companies Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Store see some forms of contraception as abortion. For that reason, they don’t feel comfortable supporting such methods on employee health insurance plans.

In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court says they shouldn’t have to because of their religious freedoms.

This goes against what the White House says, and trumps the Affordable Health Care Act requirements of providing such assistance.

For those whose insurance doesn’t cover contraceptives, it can get very expensive, and many women need affordable access to them. The majority of justices say that the government will pick up the tab.

“It would have to be covered either through the government, which is the Iowa Family Planning Network. Iowa has a special fund set up for lower income folks, although the income guidelines are actually fairly generous for that program, or there’s Medicaid,” says Family Planning Health Educator Pam Erickson.

She says there is also your local Family Planning facility where contraception prices are based on your income amount. For those who don’t qualify for these programs, they will have to pay out of pocket.

This ruling only applies to small, for-profit, corporations that operate on religious principles. The requirement by the Affordable Health Care Act has also been challenged in 50 other cases.

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