Some religious groups oppose Hobby Lobby decision

A handful of religious groups on the left are publicly opposing the Supreme Court’s decision that closely held businesses can’t be compelled to offer contraception coverage to their employees under ObamaCare.

Most religious conservatives hailed Monday’s ruling as a major victory, but a few groups argue the decision will deny women access to contraceptives, increasing the likelihood of unplanned pregnancies.


“If you are pro-religious liberty and pro-life and family, you can't support allowing a for-profit corporation to use religion to deny contraceptive coverage,” says Rev. Richard Cizik, former vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

The church, which says it represents millions of evangelicals, plans to hold a vigil in front of an Oklahoma Hobby Lobby on Monday evening to pray for workers who won’t have access to the employer provided contraception.

The United Church of Christ, which says it represents more than a million Protestants, echoed the same sentiments following the ruling and said it sets bad precedence for what health coverage employers may decide to deny.

“We believe that individuals, not for-profit corporations, should be guaranteed true religious liberty — the right to make decisions by following their own moral conscience and religious beliefs,” said Sandy Soreson, the church’s Washington, D.C., director.

Several leading Jewish organizations, including the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism and the National Council of Jewish Women, also denounced Monday’s ruling as a setback for civil rights, women’s equality and healthcare reform in the U.S.

However, religiously conservative groups such as the Family Research Council and the United States Conference of Bishops voiced support for Monday's ruling as a victory for religious freedom.