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Mixed reaction on Supreme Court decision

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Officials with a Lancaster County company that filed a lawsuit over the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul say the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that Americans don't have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business.

Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties, issued a statement after the court ruled the healthcare law can't force companies to pay for methods of women's contraception to which they object.

Conestoga Wood Specialties filed a lawsuit last year when a federal court didn't grant his company a religious exemption. The company is owned by a Mennonite family.

"We in the Hahn family want to thank everyone who supported us during this lawsuit," Hahn said. "We wholeheartedly affirm what the Supreme Court made clear today, that Americans don't have to surrender their freedom wen they open a family business. As I said at the beginning of this lawsuit, this effort wasn't just for Conestoga. We took this stand for others as well. The administration has gone too far in disrespecting the freedom of American to live out their convictions."

Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, says the decision helps to prevent things from getting out of control.

"If this had gone this way, we could see in the near future the government telling employers that they have to provide for abortions," Geer said, "and that violates the conscience of many in this country."

Sarah Newman of Planned Parenthood was disappointed with the decision and says it's shocking that birth control is still an issue in 2014.

"We are not going to back down and step backwards," Newman said, "We will continue to fight to make sure that women have access to all the preventative healthcare that they need and that includes birth control."

Newman says contraceptives can be a major out of pocket expense and Planned Parenthood does offer affordable options.

 

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