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Justice Ginsburg responds to Hobby Lobby ruling with scathing, 35-page dissent

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INDIANAPOLIS - A Monday Supreme Court ruling gives businesses like Hobby Lobby the religious freedom to refuse to provide certain forms of birth control to employees, even though President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates it.

The 5-4 decision ruled in opposition of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and it has been met with a mixed response.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a scathing, 35-page dissent to the court’s decision. She disagreed for many reasons.

She wondered if the exemption would extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to things like blood transfusions and antidepressants.

“Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today's decision,” she said.

Others opposed to the ruling include women’s groups that say the court is too worried about the rights of the companies at the expense of their employees.

“It’s the individual religious beliefs of the woman that should matter,” said Nancy Northup, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Her boss shouldn’t be able to decide for her.”

Hobby Lobby says the ruling supports religious freedom.

“We are truly thankful for the decision that allowed us to continue operating our family business according to our family principles,” said David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby.

Green and his family own Hobby Lobby’s chain of 500 craft stores and claimed that providing insurance coverage for some forms of contraceptives under Obamacare would be the equivalent of paying for an abortion.

The court said women who work for companies like Hobby Lobby can get contraceptive coverage another way under Obamacare.

The Obama Administration said Congress may have to fix what the court has done.

“Today’s decision jeopardized the health of women that are employed by these companies,” said Josh Earnest, White House press secretary.

 NBC News contributed to this story.


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