US High Court rules in favor of religious freedom

Valerie Castro

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The US Supreme Court on Monday, June 30, voted 5-4 in a ruling seen as a victory for religious freedom. The High Court said family-owned companies can deny birth control coverage in employee health care plans, as the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based chain of arts and craft stores, refused to implement the contraception part of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Supreme Court decision “jeopardizes the health of the women who are employed by these companies.”

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