Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court birth control ruling

By: Sarah Moon Email
By: Sarah Moon Email

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Groups on both sides of the issue are speaking out in regards to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on providing contraception.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled businesses like Hobby Lobby don’t have to provide birth control to employees through insurance if they object for religious reasons.

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 saying choosing not to provide birth control is part of religious freedom.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties sued, because the owners are opposed to contraception for religious reasons.

The executive director of Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health said the decision is disappointing, and she’s shocked the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the way it did.

The bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse said he wasn’t surprised by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, and said women don’t have to use artificial birth control.

“We talk about chastity. We talk about the various ways of dealing with natural family planning. There are many different kinds of ways of dealing with birth control,” said Bishop William Patrick Callahan.

“It’s really ridiculous to think in 2014 there are any entities including bosses who are trying to stand in the way of access to that basic health care,” said Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health executive director Sara Finger.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling means the Obama administration will have to find other ways of providing free contraception for women who aren’t covered by their health insurance plans.

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