Governor Bobby Jindal reacts to SCOTUS ruling on Hobby Lobby
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke out in favor of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in favor of Hobby Lobby, allowing the company to reject the part of Affordable Care Act that provides coverage for contraceptives.
"I think it's especially appropriate the week that we celebrate the fourth of July that the court recognizes we have religious liberty right here in the United State of America." said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal during a news conference on Monday.
The suit was brought by David and Barbara Green the owners of the arts and crafts store "Hobby Lobby."
The Christian couple argued the Affordable Care Act requirement their company provide free coverage of certain types of birth control violated their religious beliefs.
Jindal believes, like the store argued, that rule went against their religious beliefs.
What was important in that case was that the Supreme Court said we had a right to express our religious held beliefs every day of the week,” said Jindal.
But not everyone sees it like that. Some believe the decision is an affront to women’s health. Those who stand against the decision argue that contraception is essential to women's health.
The ruling passed with a 5 to 4 vote by the justices.
The contraceptive exemption is only for “closely held” corporations who are only under the control of a few people.