Reaction to Monday's Supreme Court decision that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception was swift and emotional. Here is a small sample of comments posted on the Times Free Press Facebook page after the story broke:
Another strike against women. Ridiculous.
- Lisa Ingram Crowder
Well they sure as heck won't have to worry about using my money to do it because I will not spend another dollar there.
- Amy Guiness
I will go there every chance I get. Great company, wish we had more like them.
- Deena Hanback Young
If Hobby Lobby wanted to take a real stand, they would not buy all their goods from China, a country which forces women to have abortions.
- Lois Divine Crawford
Corporations are formed for tax purposes and to protect owners from liability claims among other reasons, corporations have no religious preferences. What happened to separation of church and state?
- Christie Black
And, for the umpteenth time ... Separation of Church and State is not in the Constitution. And, Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, so it wouldn't apply to them regardless. In a debate, always go with the facts ... not emotion ... or you will lose every time.
- Rene' Doggett Berrien
Good. Employees should not be allowed to demand the employers go against their beliefs.
- Trecia Watson
... and suddenly, a mysterious and dramatic rise in "religious" employers ...
- Paul Ruhling
I am so happy about this decision. My thoughts are this, if employees want their company to pay for their contraception, they can go work some place else or pay for their own contraception. A big win for American freedom.
- Kelli Moore Lentine
My employer doesn't offer dental insurance so we pay out of pocket .... However, I wouldn't ask the Supreme Court to force them to offer it. It's that awesome freedom of being American that gives you the right, as a business owner, to offer what your own moral and ethics are based on, whether religious or not. There are millions of people who need "medically" necessary drugs and procedures that a lot of companies don't cover with their insurance benefits. You, as the employee, have the freedom (funny...there's that word again) to remove yourself from the job if you don't like what's offered or disagree with the values it's based on. We should support this decision simply because it's protecting our rights as Americans and really has nothing to do with what we believe religiously.
- Carrie Vann D'Angelo