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Women's Groups Blast Supreme Court Ruling On Contraception

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 06:29 PM CDT

In a 5-4 decision Supreme Court justices ruled in favor of corporations like Hobby Lobby. The ruling allows for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby to claim religious exemption to the Obamacare requirement that they provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

"Obviously we're very disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided that some bosses are going to be able to decide whether some women have access to contraceptive coverage, which is something some families really depend on," says Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.

She calls the decision an attack on women's healthcare that especially hurts women who won't be able to afford contraceptives on their own.

"I think women who work at Hobby Lobby they are all over the pay spectrum but I think that you will also see women who are just over minimum wage and who are dependent on their birth control coverage," says Gutierrez.

David Walla, director of operations for Texas Values, says, "Women still have the opportunity to go purchase those with their own money just like anything else they would purchase on their own."

Walla calls it a victory for religious freedom and he's confident today's ruling will have an impact on pending cases against the affordable care act.

"I believe that this decision today shows that those court cases have a good chance of moving forward and being successful," he says.

By Lydia Pantazes

Women's Groups Blast Supreme Court Ruling On Contraception


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