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Contraception and the Affordable Care Act

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 04:12:54 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 02 2014 05:16:12 PM CST

Religion is now back at the forefront of the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Religion is now back at the forefront of the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

A lot of people are talking about a Supreme Court ruling that exempts some religious groups from the contraception

Some religious groups said, while they want to obey the law, offering contraception as part of their employee health coverage is a violation of their freedom of religion.

Tuesday night, the Supreme Court ruled, for now, the groups involved don't have to follow the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act until the issue is finally decided.

"I think it is a good decision. Anything that we can do, if it's a promise to put it on hold and look at it," said Sandra HInkle.

It's an issue that has the religious community talking.

Father Thomas Daily of DeSales University in Allentown said, for some, following the law would mean betraying their beliefs.

"If this remains the law then religious organizations, they will have to cancel health care coverage or they are going to have to provide the health care coverage, which is contrary to their faith or they are going to have to do neither on and be subject to legal prosecution," said Daily.

There is division among some local Christians.

One Christian-owned business we spoke with said, while he's against abortion, heĀ  doesn't have a problem with paying for a plan that would provide contraception to its employees, but Christian businessman Rick Hinkle said he feels differently.

"When you are limiting life with contraceptive and now demand money for everybody I think it's wrong and I think it goes against our belief and the bible," said Hinkle.

The Obama administration has exempted churches and some religious organizations from the requirement, but President Obama said he believes no one should be able to dictate these types of decisions to women.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of insurance covered contraception and freedom of religion this spring.