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Protesters March Outside Woodbury Hobby Lobby

Updated: 07/09/2014 7:43 AM
Created: 07/08/2014 9:30 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling can be the final say for birth control, but some Minnesotans are hoping that's not the case. 

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women rallied against the high court's recent ruling on contraceptives. The court determined family-owned, for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover contraception for employees if such coverage offends religious principles.

Demonstrators were posted outside the Hobby Lobby in Woodbury, one of five stores in the state.  They held signs that read “What a supreme mistake” and another that read “Their religion shouldn't trump mine.”

"It's blatant gender discrimination because if they're providing vasectomy for male employees but they're not covering all forms of birth control for; it's clearly a gender bias," said Beth Johnson, the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Although the lawsuit by Hobby Lobby and other businesses didn't name all forms of birth control, just four of them, the Supreme Court went beyond that and included all 20 forms of birth control in its ruling. 

According to its website, nearly 70 percent of the retailer's workers are women.

The ruling is expected to spawn more lawsuits and perhaps congressional involvement, according to Daniel Kleinberger, a law professor at William Mitchell College.

"You don't need to get the Supreme Court to change its mind; you can get Congress to change the law," Kleinberger said.

Also on Tuesday, Democrats in Congress came up with a bill that requires for-profit corporations to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  It faces an uphill battle in the House, which is controlled by Republicans.


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