JACKSON, Miss. - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby in a 5-4 decision Monday morning.
"We are thrilled with the courts decision today, we think this is a great day for religious freedom. The court reaffirmed that American families don't have to give up their constitutional right to religious freedom just because they open a family business," says Lori Windham, attorney for Hobby Lobby.
The high court ruled some "for-profit" companies are not required to provide contraception to their employees because of religious beliefs.
So what does this mean for women in Mississippi? "Women should still be able to have access to healthcare," says ACLU Executive Director, Jennifer Riley-Collins. She says women can still access contraception through the Affordable Healthcare Act but says the Supreme Court got the ruling wrong. "Never before has the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling such that an employer's religious beliefs can be used to deny access to healthcare for other Americans," says Riley-Collins.
David and Barbara Green, owners of Hobby Lobby argued the law requiring their company to provide free coverage of certain types of birth control.
"They found this was a burden on the Green family's religious exercise. And, I think it's a very common sense ruling. You shouldn't cut off health insurance for all your employees just to make sure that some people get four drugs," says Windham. Those four drugs include the morning after pill like Plan B a contraception the Green family believes has the potential to destroy life.
"Everyone should have a right to express their religious beliefs, but no one's religious beliefs should be used to harm another," says Riley-Collins.
Opponents of the ruling fear the decision in favor of Hobby Lobby could lead to other healthcare challenges on religious grounds.