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Local impact for Supreme Court ruling

Rochester, N.Y. - In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, a popular chain of craft stores, allowing it to refuse to provide certain forms of contraceptives to employers as part of the company's health care plan.

Management within the company cited religious reasons for not wanting to provide the certain forms of contraceptives as part of the health care plan, coming into conflict with the Affordable Care Act.

Timothy Kneeland, a Political Science Professor at Nazareth College talked about the possible ramifications of the ruling.

"For some people this is going to cause a great deal of concern," Kneeland said. "If they [employees] wanted to have very specific kinds of contraceptives, they may have to pay out of pocket."

Kneeland said the ruling could hypothetically apply to small, family owned businesses in Western New York, and for that matter, the entire country.

Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Central & Western NY were disappointed with the Supreme Court decision.

"We're currently evaluating the decision to determine the implications for New York State," said Erin Cabral, Director of Marketing and Communications for Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood is always available to speak with women
with and without insurance about birth control options that are affordable and most appropriate for them."

Meanwhile, at CompassCare, a group opposed to certain contraceptive and abortion, President and CEO Jim Harden was pleased with the decision, but was also disappointed that it did not overturn the Affordable Care Act.

"It's a bit of a quandary," Harden said. "In some ways it serves to cement a law that's probably wrong headed in the first place."

Certain religious groups were already excluded from being required to provide contraceptives via health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, this recent ruling expands that option to family-owned small businesses who may oppose it as well.

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