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Hobby Lobby wins case over Affordable Health Care requirements
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that some "closely-held" for profit businesses don't have to offer birth control if it goes against their religious beliefs. Companies, like Hobby Lobby, argued that requiring them to offer certain contraceptives under the Affordable Health Care Act, violated their religious freedom.
The owners of Hobby Lobby have been fighting this issue since 2012. This topic caused a lot of debate, with some applauding the Supreme Court's decisions, but others are concerned. Hobby Lobby is a store known for selling arts and crafts, and everything in between.
But beneath all that, is a company with deep rooted beliefs. The national chain is owned by evangelical christians. The company has argued that offering birth control goes against their beliefs, since they view certain forms of contraceptives, like Plan B, as an equivalent to abortion.
"I think if you believe in something, you should stick behind 100 percent. You shouldn't compromise what you believe," said Devonzelle Dickens.
On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed. The highest court ruled that Hobby Lobby can opt out of the Affordable Health Care Act's requirement to offer contraceptives. Employees of Hobby Lobby will have to get birth control from other sources.
"Any company shouldn't have to. A company shouldn't be forced to provide something like birth control. That's a family matter, not a company matter," said Rob Booth.
But those against the Supreme Court's ruling worry that this will open the door to other companies refusing to offer things like vaccines or blood transfusions, because of religious beliefs.
"It's gonna mushroom and all businesses are gonna use things like that to prevent having insurance for everything. Not just what they particularly want," said Marlene Whyte.
Others think it's okay for companies to have religious values, but they should still provide options to employees, who may not share that same belief.
"They should have the right, but we should have a choice," said Korinna Hahn.
The Supreme Court says this ruling only applies to the birth control mandate and that other companies making similar claims, may not get the same results.