Protesters demonstrate outside Albuquerque Hobby Lobby

Posted at: 07/07/2014 6:04 PM
By: staff

About 100 people have set up protest lines outside the Hobby Lobby store in northeast Albuquerque.

The event was organized by Women Organized to Resist and Defend in reaction to a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows businesses to not cover certain contraceptives through insurance plans.

Albuquerque police said the protest has been peaceful with no arrests.

The court’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby on June 30 removed financial obligations in health care plans by businesses with religious objections to certain female contraceptives for employers.

Contraceptives are considered preventive measures required by the new healthcare law. According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court will soon hear arguments from faith based nonprofits seeking their own exemptions.

Despite already having the option to opt out, non profit groups argue they the requirement gives implicit consent to contraceptives.

The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration argues that the accommodation creates a generous moral and financial buffer between religious objectors and funding birth control. The nonprofit groups just have to raise their hands and say that paying for any or all of the 20 devices and methods approved by government regulators would violate their religious beliefs.