WASHINGTON, D.C. - Opponents to President Obama's healthcare law requiring businesses to provide health insurance covering birth control earn a major victory.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 allowing businesses with religious objections to opt out of the new health law requirement requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Monday's ruling applies only to corporations, such as Hobby Lobby, which also filed the lawsuit. The corporation must be under control of only a few people in which there's no difference between the owners and the business.
Following the ruling, Hobby Lobby Co-Founder Barbara Green released the following statement:
"Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court's decision. Today, the nation's highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country's founding principles. The Court's decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey."
In 2010, President Obama signed the law requiring contraceptives be considered a preventive service and must be provided at no extra cost.