Local companies applaud U.S. Supreme Court ruling on birth control coverage
Caroline MacGregor June 30, 2014 | WGVU The court voted
5-4 vote in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation.
The ruling means for-profit companies whose owners hold strong religious
convictions can be exempt from the birth control mandate of the healthcare law.
argued Obamacare violates the First Amendment because it covers contraceptives that
include the morning-after pill.
Kennedy, Catholic owner of Grand Rapids-based Autocam, and strong opponent of
Obamacare said in a statement he is “deeply grateful the Supreme Court ruled in
favor of business owners whose sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit them
from complying with the HHS Mandate.”
In 2012, The
Sixth Circuit of Appeals ruled against his company’s challenge to the birth
control mandates. A subsequent appeal at the appellate level also failed.
vice president of The Thomas More Society, that petitioned the Supreme Court on
behalf of Autocam, calls Monday’s ruling a victory for people of faith, going
on to say the decision ensures broad protection for business owners to live out
their faith in the marketplace.
Debbie Stabenow strongly opposes today’s ruling, adding it to a long list of what
she calls misguided rulings by the Supreme Court’s activist conservative
majority. She believes health care decisions - including access to birth
control - should be made by individuals and their doctors.
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