The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the much anticipated “Hobby Lobby” case. The Little Sisters of the Poor were also part of this case and are presumably also pleased with the 5-4 ruling. From the AP via the AJC:
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.
Georgia AG Sam Olens had this to say via press release:
“Religious liberty is a fundamental principle upon which our nation was founded. I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding this bedrock freedom, and I am proud to have joined an amicus brief supporting Hobby Lobby before the Court.”
The AG’s brief can be viewed here.
GOP Senate Candidate Jack Kingston also weighed in via press release:
“This is yet another reason why Obamacare should be repealed – it is unworkable. I am glad the court recognized private companies should not be forced to violate their religious convictions. Religious liberty is a bedrock principle of the United States and should be defended fiercely by those elected to uphold the Constitution.”
We’ll post other reactions as we receive them, but in the meantime, discuss this decision and it’s implications in the comments.
UPDATE: Full text of the ruling for your legal nerds out there (and you know who you are).
UPDATE #2: The Georgia Democratic Party, via their Executive Director, reacts:
Today’s Supreme Court Decision, granting craft store giant Hobby Lobby the right to discriminate against women feels like another well-aimed shot in the gut.
As a woman, I constantly wear a target—and not by choice. Whether it’s a corporation arguing that its CFO’s religious preference against contraception is more important than my rights, or if it’s the Georgia’s Republican legislators doing all they can to keep me from safe, affordable, and judgment-free access to contraception, the simple fact that I’m a woman makes me a target. And this target I wear, that all women wear, is getting heavy.
I realize to advance the “war on women” meme the truth must be ignored, but Hobby Lobby offers birth control to it’s employees. They objected to four types of birth control they feel violate their opposition to abortion. From the company’s website:
The Greens and their family businesses have no objection to the other 16 FDA-approved contraceptives required by the law that do not interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg. They provide coverage for such contraceptives under their health care plan. Additionally, the four objectionable drugs and devices are widely available and affordable, and employees are free to obtain them.