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Reaction to Supreme Court birth control decision

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 2:23 am •  Published: July 1, 2014
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, if they have religious objections.

A sampling of reaction:

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"Today, the Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America's women, setting a dangerous precedent that could permit for-profit corporations to pick and choose which laws to obey." — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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"Today's decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its big government objectives." — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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"Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors. ... If the Supreme Court will not protect women's access to health care, then Democrats will." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"Today's Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear." — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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"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." — Barbara Green, Hobby Lobby co-founder.

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