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Ohio Businesses, Pro-Choice Groups React To Hobby Lobby Ruling

 
Posted Monday, June 30th 2014 @ 4pm  by Matt Bruning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Both sides of the debate are weighing in on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

"I've yet to meet an employee who's been able to walk into their boss' office and tell him or her what kind of health plan they want," said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life.

He agrees with the decision, pointing out that it's the employer that's paying for it.

"When people argue 'stay out of my business but I want you to pay for it' it's hypocritical at best," he said.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Gonidakis claims that there was no way to split off birth control pills to prevent pregnancy from the so-called "morning after pill" which some equate to abortion. The Supreme Court ruling gives companies the ability to pay for one, both, or none, according to Gonidakis.

Opponents of the ruling, like Celeste Ribbins of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, say it's wrong for women.

"We believe that birth control is a basic health care benefit," she said.

Ribbins says that 99 percent of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives for a whole host of health care reasons, including endometriosis, migraines, pre-menstrual pain, and menstrual regulation. She also says it helps prevent ovarian cancer.

Initially the only exemption to providing birth control was given to non-profit religious groups. Ribbins fears this ruling will lead to more companies like Hobby Lobby being able to opt out.

"Freshway Foods, which is an Ohio-based company, has already indicated that it also wants to be exempted from providing this benefit," said Ribbins

Ribbins also points out that the Supreme Court went against the will of the majority of Americans. She cites a Kiser Family Foundation poll that finds the public backs the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act by a nearly two-to-one margin.

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