Sidney business eyes U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on religious freedom

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics out of Sidney has reason to be encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding religious freedom and mandated health care. The business was headed to the U.S. Supreme Court because the company’s owners have objected to the government’s mandate to provide birth control to employees.

The owners’ attorney, Frank Manion told 2 NEWS he sees Monday’s ruling as a “resounding victory for religious liberty.”  Manion believes there will be no need for his case to go any further.

For now the high court’s ruling is specific to the objections of two businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. Both have religious owners. The court stressed that this ruling only applies to corporations under the control of just a few people, where there is essentially no difference between the owners and the corporation. 2 NEWS spoke with Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region.  Rick Pender, Vice President Development & External Affairs, said he does not believe the impact will be that great, however, the organization is disappointed.

Pender said, “I don’t think anybody is going to be flat out unable to get it. It’s available in a variety of ways, but it can be expensive depending on the form you take. Even if we continue with simply the pill for instance, you could be paying anywhere up to $600 a year for enough medication to cover that sort of thing.”

Pender expects Congress is not done with this question of religious freedom as it pertains to health care.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Health care decisions should be made by women and their doctors – not by their bosses. This Court’s deference to corporations is once again all too apparent, and I’m disappointed that the Supreme Court opened the door so that corporations can make personal health care decisions for their employees. We must work to ensure that all employees affected by today’s decision maintain cost-free access to women’s health care. If religious freedom is to mean anything, Americans must be able to have their own beliefs, rather than their employers’ beliefs imposed upon them. Corporations are not people.

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman said he was pleased with the ruling and sent this statement:

Today’s ruling reaffirms our nation’s commitment to religious freedom. The government should not force citizens to violate their religious beliefs in order to operate a business, and Obamacare’s contraception mandate infringes upon religious liberties. I am pleased that the Court has ruled that the mandate is unlawful.

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