Supreme Court rules Hobby Lobby doesn't have to cover contraceptionPosted: Updated:
By Lindsey Wopschall
During a silent protest downtown, Pregnancy Center West, a Christian pro-life ministry, heard the news of the Supreme Court's decision to protect Hobby Lobby's right to deny birth control to its employees.
"Abortion is not healthcare. So we are out here supporting real health care options," said Rachel Renner, the Executive Director of Pregnancy Center West.
The court ruled Monday that companies with religious objections to contraceptive coverage do not have to include it in employee-issued healthcare plans. The decision comes about two years after Hobby Lobby owners filed a lawsuit against The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
People at Planned Parenthood say they were saddened by the news.
"We are deeply disappointed by the decision which gives some employers, some bosses the chance to make some decisions on employers rights to have birth control," said Rick Pender of Planned Parenthood.
In Westwood shoppers kept business flowing at the craft store, some applauding the Supreme Court's decision along the way.
"If it is a privately held company they should be able to do what they want. Employees have a decision to work there if they want to," said shopper Chip Kukpa.
Just like consumers have the right to buy what they want.
Martha Rush, grabbed lunch at another Christian based organization, Chick-fil-A, but says many of her friends refuse to eat at the fast food chain because of its stance on gay marriage. But she says it doesn't bother her.
"As a consumer I want a product that I like, that I think is worth my money and honestly their opinions on gay rights don't bother me enough to keep me away," she said.
Proving as a consumer, you have the right to weigh in based on where you spend your money.
Hobby Lobby issued a Monday afternoon statement saying in part:
"The court's decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith."
The other side of the argument condemns the ruling, saying it is an affront to women's rights.
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