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Michigan AG hails Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

 
Posted June 30th, 2014 @ 4:01pm by Daniel Graeber

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said a Supreme Court decision on a birth control mandate in the new healthcare law is a win for Michigan businesses.

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which has retail centers in the West Michigan area. The high court says businesses can use their religious beliefs as justification to opt out of a mandate for birth control covered under President Obama's new healthcare law.

Schuette issued a statement Monday saying the Supreme Court decision was good news for Michigan businesses with similar challenges on their books.

"We will continue to support their efforts to preserve their constitutional right to religious liberty," he said.

Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby, said she was overjoyed with the high court's decision.

"The court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith," she said in statement Monday.

Nationally, the ruling frustrated advocacy groups rallying in support of women's issues. The National Organization for Women said the Supreme Court's decision was appalling.

"Every woman has the right to make her own reproductive health decisions," it said in a statement. "Not her boss, not some bishop, not some politician — and certainly not some Supreme Court justice."

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