Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Sparks Debate

Jul 1, 2014

The Roberts Court, October 2010 - Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Credit 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.

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