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E. Texas woman says Hobby Lobby ruling 'boosts women's rights'

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Sharon Guthrie says Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for religious rights. (Source: KLTV Staff) Sharon Guthrie says Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for religious rights. (Source: KLTV Staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The Obama administration filed its first legal response to Monday’s Supreme Court decision that allowed Hobby Lobby to avoid covering some contraceptives in employee health coverage Wednesday.

The Obama administration says the Supreme Court's ruling actually supports the government's position in other disputes with religious-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Since Monday’s decision, more and more women's rights advocates are speaking out about the ruling. In the landmark case, the Evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby equated four of the twenty forms of contraception covered by the Affordable Care Act with abortion.

East Texan Sharon Guthrie, a member of Smith County Republican Women, agrees.“We should support life in every stage, at every age regardless of what form, whether you want to call it a fetus, it is still a baby. So, I am delighted the Supreme Court came down on the side of life,” she said.

Women's rights advocates feel the decision unfairly allows their employer to delve into their private medical choices, but Guthrie says business owners should not be forced to provide coverage.“I believe that any business owner has the right to pick and choose what benefits they offer to their employees regardless of whether they are Christian or not,” she said.

Guthrie says the decision is a victory for religious rights.“I hope it sends President Obama the message that he is not going to dictate our free exercise of religion and so if he gets any message, I hope it is that he keeps his hands off our constitutional rights,” said Guthrie.

The court's opinion specifies that the ruling only applies to 4 of 20 types of contraception. It states that it should not be understood to include other insurance mandates, like those for blood transfusions or vaccinations.

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