Local Hobby Lobby customers have mixed views on Supreme Court ruling
POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:37pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — Hobby Lobby shoppers are split on whether they agree with the company's stance against providing birth control to female employees.
"I'm kinda iffy on the subject, for businesses as well as people who individually just don't want birth control or any type of contraceptives for themselves," said Bree'Anna Harris.
Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their lawsuit against the federal government. Both companies are owned by religious people, who argued they should not be forced to pay for contraception when the idea goes against their religious beliefs.
"If the person wants to get it as an individual, I think they should be able to get it themselves," Harris stated, "whether the company enforces it or not."
Critics said companies should not have the same freedoms that people do, and worry that companies will now sue for the right to opt out of paying for other types of medication.
Few shoppers were willing to speak on the record about their views of Hobby Lobby's decision not to cover birth control. One woman said that the employees made a decision to work for the company, and could choose to work for a different employer if access to birth control is an important issue. Another countered that Hobby Lobby would pay more to cover a dependent child than it would to cover birth control.
Hobby Lobby is known for being a religious company, including closing on Sundays so employees have more time for family and faith. But Harris said the company's beliefs do not make a difference in her decision to shop there.
"They have really interesting things," she stated. "Every time I go into the store, things are newly rearranged. I can really find everything that I'm looking for."