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Nevada Planned Parenthood Reacts to Justices' Hobby Lobby Ruling

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby will not have to pay for insurance coverage for certain contraception procedures for its employees following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.
PHOTO: Hobby Lobby will not have to pay for insurance coverage for certain contraception procedures for its employees following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 1, 2014

RENO, Nev. - Family-planning advocates in Nevada are reacting to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favors Hobby Lobby in its objection, on religious grounds, to paying for insurance coverage for certain contraceptive procedures for its employees under the Affordable Care Act.

The five-to-four ruling determined companies do not have to cover the cost of the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for their employees.

Jeannette Soriano, director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood in Northern Nevada, says the ruling could force Hobby Lobby employees to pay for birth control out of their own pockets.

"A lot of women that are being affected by this are hourly wage workers who were already struggling to make ends meet," says Soriano. "They might not necessarily be in the position to just decline a job because they don't offer birth control."

Hobby Lobby sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires businesses to pay for their employees' birth control. Hobby Lobby says it considers that equal to abortion. The retailer argued the ACA violated its religious beliefs, protected under federal law.

Soriano says despite the Supreme Court ruling, women working at Hobby Lobby and any other company are guaranteed no-cost contraception under the ACA. She adds that contraception is a vital issue for the vast majority of women.

"Millions of women use it," says Soriano, "and in fact new federal data was just released showing that 30 million more women are eligible for preventative care with no co-pay, which includes birth control."

Soriano notes women can always access birth control through organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV