Local reaction to Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

ASHWAUBENON – The Supreme Court’s decision has people in Wisconsin talking.

From women’s groups to congressional leaders, some are applauding the Supreme Court decision while others say it interferes with a woman’s access to affordable birth control.

The Supreme Court’s contraception ruling has organizations like the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health upset.

“We’re in 2014 and birth control is being politicized, marginalized and demonized the way it is just unacceptable,” said executive director of Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health Sara Finger.

Finger says the decision means women will face additional barriers.

“Whether they’re financial or coverage barriers that put something in the way of women accessing this preventative health care is just unacceptable. This is basic health care for women,” Finger said.

Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble disagrees.

“There’s really no barrier that’s been created at all. The opportunity and the choice is theirs if they would like to be responsible for the cost of it,” said Rep. Reid Ribble, R-8th District.

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators are also split on the decision.

“I don’t believe that bosses should dictate the personal health decisions of women. Women are more than capable of making their own decisions without consulting politicians or their employer. Today’s ruling puts some bosses between women and basic health care benefits,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.

Senator Ron Johnson R-Wisconsin says he agrees with the decision.

“I am grateful the Supreme Court recognized that individuals do not surrender their religious freedoms when operating a business.  This decision also places important restraints on the ‘fourth branch’ of government – the unelected bureaucrats in the executive agencies,”

Before the Supreme Court decision, churches were exempt from covering employees birth control cost.

 

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