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Locals React to Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court Ruled in favor of for-profit family owned corporations. Locals in the Hagerstown area had differing thoughts on the ruling.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - "Its a mistake on the part of the Supreme Court," said Sam Reeves, a Frederick resident.

Many people shared the same sentiments as Reeves around the Hagerstown area, Saturday, when asked about the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell V. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

In a finely divided case, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of for-profit family owned corporations such as Hobby Lobby, saying that they can't be forced to pay for contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act if it was a violation of their religious beliefs.

"Im very discouraged by the ruling. I think its very bad for women . I believe in women being entitled to birth control as a health care right and I think that when people start splitting hairs about the types of contraceptives and whether they believe in contraceptives it opens up doors for other things," said Betsy Riep, who was visiting Hagerstown for the day.

By contrast, others considered the ruling fair.

"I think its a sound ruling because it gives the company the opportunity to provide someone the birth control but not every facet of it," said Tom Toman, of Point of Rocks, Md.

Currently, contraceptives such as Plan B, Ella and certain intrauterine devices will not be provided. This decision came after the evangelical Christian based Hobby Lobby chain and the Mennonite based Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. vocalized their religious objections to Obama Care.

Despite the polarizing opinions brought on by the case, some say if employees of conservative companies don't like it, they have the freedom to leave.

"The employees have the right to work for that company or not to work for that company if they disagree with them they have the ability to move on to another company," said Toman.
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