Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a for-profit arts and crafts business owned by a Christian family in Oklahoma and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania company, to not pay for female employees’ abortions, birth control or healthcare related to them under the federal healthcare program. The ruling was a defeat for President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Reform Act and a victory for religious freedom. Protests from pro-choice women’s groups erupted after the ruling. Legal analysts say the Supreme Court ruling applies to family-owned businesses and corporations with clear religious beliefs and values, but does not allow these businesses to choose which federal laws they want to obey. The five conservative judges appointed to the country’s highest court prevailed in the controversial birth control case. On Sunday, church groups, including Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida, prayed Americans and those in authority in Washington, DC will not abandon God and the biblical, religious principles the United States was founded on.

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