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Bishop Persico Reacts To 'Hobby Lobby' Birth Control Ruling

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 ERIE- They were cries of victory electrified on Capitol Hill---all after the supreme court's narrow 5-4 vote Monday morning.

The vote allows small, "closely held" businesses  the option to opt out of supplying insurance to employees for birth control.

"I think it’s a pretty significant ruling with respect to how far the government can go in terms of making healthcare choices," labor attorney Richard Perhacs says.

Under the Affordable Care Act, for-profit employers of a certain size were required to offer benefits for contraceptives, like Plan A and IUD’s.  But, soon objection would set in.

"The United States government was telling us how to do church,” says Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie. In other words, as long as we stayed in our worship sites that was fine."

Companies like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood of Pennsylvania saw parallels between birth control and abortions, thus going against their religious beliefs. They challenged the provision in a notion that made complete sense to Bishop Persico.

"We worship, and from worship, we do these ministries so that we could put our faith into action," Bishops Persico adds.

It’s a fight for religious freedom in business that is far from over. While the Obama administration says Monday's decision will do nothing but jeopardize women's health in the long run, Perhacs says you can bet on more healthcare challenges to ensue based on the grounds of religion.

"These are just the personal religious beliefs of the persons who own it,” Perhacs explains. “Hobby Lobby is not a religious institution. It is a 'for-profit' institution and that was the distinction that the court had to wrestle with." 
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