Jun 30, 2014 6:33 PM by Leah Kraus

Local reaction to Supreme Court religious freedom ruling impassioned on both sides

It was a landmark decision by the US Supreme Court: companies can claim a religious exemption to the contraceptive insurance mandate of Obamacare.

The decision is a victory for Hobby Lobby and dozens of other companies that sued, arguing they cannot be forced to provide contraceptives that violate the company's religious beliefs.

Local reaction to the ruling has been impassioned on both sides.

"We are happy to see that the court very reasonably concluded that you do not forfeit your religious rights when you choose to start a business," says Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family.

He says he was optimistic that the Supreme Court would rule the way they did and that even if you are against the ruling you can "rejoice that religious freedom has been supported."

However, that's far from how Planned Parenthood is reacting.

"This is a very disappointing decision," says Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

"It is going to affect many, many women who work in corporations and who may have been relying on their health insurance to help afford contraception or birth control for other medical reasons."

She says Planned Parenthood has vowed to fight on and will be available to provide contraception to all women whether insured or not.


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