Liberty Reacts to 'Hobby Lobby' Ruling
Lynchburg, VA - Reaction continues around the Supreme Court's ruling Monday over what's become known as the "Hobby Lobby" case. The privately owned craft chain filed for exemption from providing some forms of contraception to its employees under the Affordable Care Act. Families that own the company say the birth control methods violated their religious beliefs and their opposition to abortion. Obamacare covers 20 types of birth control; the Supreme Court case focused on four of those: plan-B, the morning after pill, Ella, the week after pill, and two types of IUD's. Hobby Lobby equated those four forms with abortion because they say they prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. Liberty Counsel filed a challenge to Obamacare with the Supreme Court on behalf of Liberty University in 2010, but the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Wednesday lead counsel Mat Staver called the court's 5-4 vote in favor of Hobby Lobby "a solid decision for religious freedom." "I'm very happy about the ruling because it validates our complaint on behalf of LU because we filed the very first lawsuit against Obamacare and we raised a complaint that this was a violation of religious freedom of restoration act," Staver said. The US Supreme Court's decision to exempt some closely held companies, like Hobby Lobby, from the coverage will not directly impact small businesses. Closely held companies are those that are majority owned by five or fewer people, but Staver says the decision will have far reaching implications. "Most businesses in America are small businesses are family run businesses that's what makes America work," Staver said. Only two percent of small businesses have 50 or more employees. Any business with fewer than 50 employees is already exempt from the health insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act.