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Local reaction to SCOTUS decision is split

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"It is a medication like any other medication you take for diabetes, high blood pressure, any other medical condition so a woman should have a right to determine what goes on with her own body," said Mary Hayes who opposes the ruling. Source: WLBT "It is a medication like any other medication you take for diabetes, high blood pressure, any other medical condition so a woman should have a right to determine what goes on with her own body," said Mary Hayes who opposes the ruling. Source: WLBT
The Supreme Court ruling states corporations are now allowed to opt out of new health law requirements, and not provide contraceptives for women, if it goes against their religious beliefs. Source: WLBT The Supreme Court ruling states corporations are now allowed to opt out of new health law requirements, and not provide contraceptives for women, if it goes against their religious beliefs. Source: WLBT
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As you can imagine, the opinions on the Supreme Court decision vary, depending on who you talk to.

Some say the right to express religious beliefs prevailed, but others say it's another instance of big Government meddling where it doesn't belong.

The Supreme Court ruling states corporations are now allowed to opt out of new health law requirements, and not provide contraceptives for women, if it goes against their religious beliefs.

In Mississippi, at the Hobby Lobby in Flowood, some shoppers sided with the craft store.

"I'm a Christian, they're Christians, I'm just really proud for that they can make their own Christian decisions," said Nita Parkman.

"I think we should have a lot more freedoms that they're trying to take away from us lately," said another shopper, Josh Cherry, who has two kids. "I think anytime our religious freedoms are threatened, we should take action ."

Jennifer Riley-Collins of the ACLU of Mississippi says the ruling takes away the Constitutional rights of certain employees, depending on where they're work.

"It's our position that the decision is unprecedented," said Riley-Collins. "Never before has the court said that employers can use their religious beliefs to deny an employee access to healthcare or other privileges guaranteed under the law." 

Other Hobby Lobby customers side with the ACLU and feel the government should not intervene in the personal healthcare of women in general.

"It is a medication like any other medication you take for diabetes, high blood pressure, any other medical condition so a woman should have a right to determine what goes on with her own body," said Mary Hayes who opposes the ruling.

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