Supreme Court Rules in Hobby Lobby Case


Published 06/30 2014 09:46PM

Updated 07/01 2014 10:40AM

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that family owned businesses, like Hobby Lobby, are not required to provide coverage of certain contraceptives such as the morning after pill and IUD's.

Cathie Humbarger with Allen County Right To Life said this is a victory for religious freedom. She said, "We’re delighted we certainly understand there are drugs that are available on the market that in fact are intended to be used to end the life of every tiny unborn human beings and that's what this case is all about."

Steve Jones, President of the Missionary Church applauded this decision but said we need to take care of these women too. He said, "Women are the largest demographic in the church and in the United States so it’s very important that we honestly care for their needs and do the things which benefit all of us.”

While several organizations agreed with this ruling, others, like Planned Parenthood, believe this will only harm women in the future.

Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said this ruling is disappointing.

She said over the phone, "Our doors are open to provide services that are so essential and so basic. We all share the wish for the incidents of abortion to continue to decline and the rate of abortion is directly tied to the number of unanticipated pregnancies and unintended pregnancies are tied to access to contraception."

The Diocese of Fort Wayne released this statement Monday:

"We welcome the supreme court's decision to recognize that Americans can follow their faith when they run a family business. In this case, justice has prevailed, with the court respecting the rights of the Green and Hahn families to continue to abide by their faith in how they seek their livelihood, without facing devastating fines."

Politicians are mostly split down party lines on this one. A statement from Indiana Senator Dan Coats reads:

"Employers like Hobby Lobby should not be forced to take actions contrary to their moral and religious beliefs. While I celebrate today's ruling, religious freedom remains under attack across our country."

Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.