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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Sparks Debate

U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Steve Petteway
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on whether for-profit businesses with religious objections can refuse to pay for birth control as part of their employee health benefits package has ignited national debate.Monday, the high court ruled 5-4 in favor of the home goods corporation Hobby Lobby in a decision that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

The decision is seen as giving opponents of President Obama's signature legislation a significant political victory against the health care law.

Advocates for religious liberty are cheering the decision, while others are calling it a major setback for women’s reproductive freedom.

Local attorney Janet Johnson and Tony Kolenc, professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, joined Melissa Ross for more on the decision.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.