TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – A Tupelo-based national ministry is applauding today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that said businesses can’t be forced to provide birth control coverage to their employees. By a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The national chain had sued the government, claiming the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional.
The founders of Hobby Lobby are Christians, who claim that they should not be forced to provide birth control coverage, or coverage for abortion inducing drugs, under ObamaCare.
The general counsel with the Tupelo-based American Family Association said the ruling sends a strong message in support of the First Amendment.
“For several decades, there has been a growing, secular view that what you do in church, in your private prayer, is protected by the Free Exercise Clause. But what you do in public, is not protected,” Hobby Lobby Co-owner Barbara David said. “Here, the court said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects Christians when they are engaged in commerce or business.”
The Affordable Care Act required Hobby Lobby, and other secular businesses, owned by Christians, to provide insurance coverage for nearly 20 forms of contraception, including four that resulted in abortions.