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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby, Fox & Tester Speak

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GREAT FALLS - An issue that has been a divided one. Contraception mandatory through health and human services. For two stores in the U.S. with deep religious roots, some consider it a victory.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court voted five to four in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties that the birth control pill mandate does not apply to them.  

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his final syllabus today said that HHS's contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion, but that this decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate, and should not be understood to hold all insurance coverage mandates are involved.

Members of Montana's political realm voiced their opinions on today's ruling as well.

Attorney General Tim Fox stated, "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case upholds Americans' religious liberties.  In January of this year, I was proud to have joined 19 other state attorneys general on a friend of the court brief filed in this case.  Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the mandatory Medicaid-expansion provisions of Obamacare, and today the Supreme Court struck down those offensive provisions of Obamacare that violate the First Amendment religious freedoms of America's family business owners."

Senator Jon Tester stated, "The Supreme Court got it wrong. Corporations are not people and they should not be interfering in a woman's access to basic health care.  This decision allows corporate executives to extend their reach from the boardroom to the bedroom and that's unacceptable."

For the time being though, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are exempt from requirements to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees.



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