WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that at least some corporations can choose not to cover women's contraceptives if the owners have religious beliefs against it.
The Obama health reform law requires such coverage -- and Monday's 5-4 ruling marks the first time that for-profit businesses can hold religious views which grant them exemptions.
The court said the ruling only applies to firms controlled by just a few people who are running the businesses, such as the Hobby Lobby chain which sued for the religious exemption.
In response to the ruling, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Executive Director Sara Finger said it was, "disheartening," and that, "today's decision puts the personal opinions of bosses above the health care needs of women and we are committed to ensuring the people who would impose their personal beliefs on others are held accountable."
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has issued a statement on the high court's ruling, "The decision to use birth control is a woman’s personal decision and her boss should not be able to interfere with her ability to access this important health benefit," said Tanya Atkinson, Vice President of Public Affairs and Education. "Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin remains focused on making sure that women have access to the method of birth control that is best for them, without cost or other hurdles standing in the way."
6th District GOP congressional candidate Glenn Grothman of West Bend called it a big ruling for Christians. He said he would protect religious freedom both privately and publicly if he's elected.
A second Republican hopeful, Joe Leibham of Sheboygan, said the ruling supports his belief in religious liberty -- but it also points out another problem with Obamacare, which he says is an affront to individual responsibility.
Grothman and Leibham are among three state legislative Republicans in an August 12th GOP primary for the House seat to be given up by Fond du Lac Republican Tom Petri.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)