U.S. Supreme Court rules employers can refuse to pay for contraceptives

Published 06/30 2014 05:20PM

Updated 06/30 2014 07:12PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that some for profit companies aren’t required to pay for employee’s contraceptives.

That decision is sparking heated debate.Megan Kasal, a Green Bay resident, said, “A baby is a huge responsibility and if someone is trying to prevent that time it should be covered.”

The decision came in a case brought on by the owners of the arts and crafts store “Hobby Lobby.”

The Evangelical Christian owners argued the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide free birth control coverage violated their religious beliefs.

The court narrowly ruled 5-4 in favor of that argument.

Religious groups in Wisconsin are applauding the decision.Catherine Orr, the Living Justice Director for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay said, “We’re living in such a secularized society right now but freedom of religion even the Founding Fathers recognized it is the most important and that’s why they put it in the First Amendment.”

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin disagrees.

 The organization said, “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.

The Obama administration agrees and said birth control is essential to women's health.The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay said the decision is about expressing one’s religious belief.“

The Catholic Church has always taken a stance and has always pushed for universal health care and access for individuals that’s life affirming," said Orr.

The contraceptives at issue were the morning after pill and IUDs.The decision impacts only "closely held" corporations who are only under the control of a few people.

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