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Supreme Court rules for companies over birth control mandate

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 - 01:11

In a 5-4 vote, justices rule that certain businesses can refuse to pay for birth control for employees based on religious claims. Linda So reports.

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NATS: "Hobby Lobby wins, Hobby Lobby wins." A big win for pro-life supporters. In a five to four decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, the company at the center of the most anticipated case of the term. The justices ruled that some for-profit business owners can refuse to pay for certain forms of birth control for its employees based on religious grounds. SOUNDBITE: KRISTIN HAWKINS, PRO-LIFE SUPPORTER, SAYING: "Thankfully the Supreme Court has protected our first amendment freedoms today. No government should ever force its citizens to pay for and distribute potentially life ending drugs and devices and that's what our government was trying to do." The court's ruling is seen as a setback for Obama and his birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The decision attracting a big crowd from both sides outside the Supreme Court. SOUNDBITE: ILYSE HOGUE, PRESIDENT OF NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA, SAYING: "99% of women use birth control at some point in our lifetime. And the justices showed that they are out of touch when they support bosses who want to reach beyond the boardroom and into our bedrooms, it's not what this country stands for." The ruling means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.

Supreme Court rules for companies over birth control mandate

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 - 01:11

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