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Hobby Lobby Birth Control Ruling
CORALVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Coralvilles Hobby Lobby is always closed on Sundays. It means a certain loss of revenue, but its just one of the Green Familys religious beliefs that guide the operation of their very successful chain of stores.
On Monday the stakes will be even higher when The United States Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on a landmark case. Hobby Lobby sued the government over a requirement that it provide contraceptives, at no cost, as part of employee healthcare benefits.
The Greens say that violates their religious beliefs and the high court will now interpret whether the retailer or the architects of ObamaCare are right.
On a warm summer day on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City, Reporter Matt Hammill asked for your thoughts on the debate. Caitlin says she believes in religious freedom and Hobby Lobby should have choices, just like employees and customers have the choice of being in the store, People have the freedom to pick and choose where they want to work. Im looking for a job right now and if I was in that situation I would look for a job that had what I wanted and what I need for my life.
But Steven, who works in the healthcare industry, says while he understands Hobby Lobbys desire to follow personal beliefs, its not a sound business option, Just because I dont agree with the idea of a company controlling somebodys reproductive right .. based on religion and there are a lot of people who would probably agree.
On our Facebook page there are indeed many viewers who say they feel that way, but opinions are sharply divided. Responding to whether Hobby Lobby should be forced to pay for contraceptives for its employees, Brent writes, No, buy your own.
But Gary posts, Be careful what you wish for. The next thing theyll ditch those with chronic illness. And Joshua writes that changes under a religious heading open up a huge Pandoras box, What else can they object to? Jesus didnt have a dental plan and you shouldnt either?
Meantime, back in Iowa City, Nancy says the United States was founded on freedom of religion and a business like Hobby Lobby shouldnt be forced to violate its beliefs and provide contraceptives as part of healthcare benefits, I think if thats something we want to do we should have to provide it ourselves. I dont expect them to provide anything for me.
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