Justices: Can't Make Employers Cover Contraception

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A big victory for companies opposed to the birth control coverage requirement of Obamacare.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for-profit corporations don't have to cover contraceptives for women if the company has religious objections.

The five-to-four decision comes after dozens of companies sued over covering contraceptives for their employees - including Hobby Lobby.

There were lots of mixed reactions as the ruling came down Monday.

Under the health care law that President Obama signed in 2010, contraception is among the services that must be provided at no extra charge.

Click on the link to the right for reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of President Obama’s takeover of health care is an important first step in chipping away at this ruinous law that was forced on the American people. Now, closely-held companies across the United States will not be compelled to offer a specific coverage that is in direct contrast with their religious views, or that they find morally objectionable. In January of this year, I signed onto an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in this case. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects our religious freedoms, and the Court’s opinion today is a significant win for those who believe in religious freedom and liberty.

“However, Congress must continue to work to repeal this onerous health care law, and replace it with common sense, patient centered solutions that will lift the veil of uncertainty from small businesses so they can hire and expand, reduce the cost of health care with increased competition and better care, put Americans in charge of their health care decisions rather than unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats, and protect America’s seniors. I am willing to work with anyone who comes to the table to reform America’s health care system with such common sense solutions, because Americans deserve a federal government that works FOR them rather than taking more FROM them.”

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