Locals Speak Out About Contraceptive Mandate Challenge


The Supreme Court strikes down a key part of the new healthcare law and while some locals are overjoyed, others say it's a sad day for freedom.

The justices ruled Hobby Lobby and other companies cannot be forced to provide some kinds of contraceptive coverage.

"I feel like the government has overstepped their boundaries and really require our businesses to go above and beyond,” said Gary Barth who owns the Kaufmann Centre in Kearney.

He has had to overcome similar decisions that businesses like Hobby Lobby brought to the public eye.

"We owned a teen center. That was challenge because you are always pushed to go above and beyond what your codes said and it would be more profitable, but you have to stick with what your boundaries are or else you will get into a situation where you go beyond what you feel is right and you go down a road that you can't go back from," he shared.

Not all are praising the new ruling.

"It is a sad day for women's freedom to make their choice of contraceptives because it really puts a limit on it," said the Central Health Center Executive Director Janet Nelson.

She added that women's health is especially in our state saying, “Lately there is a lot of talk about teen pregnancy and how high they are in central Nebraska area, and if we offer choices, we can you know reduce the number of those unintended pregnancies."

So-called Obamacare covers 20 types of birth control and the ruling was just concerning four of those.

"There is still a lot of choices that women can make, but the contraceptive that they are talking about is the emergency contraceptives that use different types of IUD's and I know Hobby Lobby was stating that these are linked to abortions with none of them causing an abortion,” explained Nelson.

Now what does this mean for other businesses?

"It will be very encouraging for businesses to stand up and say no this isn't right, this is beyond what we feel comfortable doing, we don't want to be faced with that choice of going outside of our moral boundaries; and so now they will have some encouragement and hope to win and do the right thing," said Barth.

While the court settled this specific fight, the ruling could open the door for other companies to follow and to add even more legal challenges to the health care law.