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In a five to four decision on Monday, the supreme court chose freedom of religion over women's rights, meaning companies are no longer required to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods similar to abortion.

The craft store, Hobby Lobby, challenged the Obama administration's birth control coverage of contraceptives.

Hobby Lobby has chosen to stop offering coverage of IUDs and emergency contraceptives such as the morning after pill and the Nuva Ring.

"People use it for all different reasons, I mean, some girls take it, because of their cramps and to help their period," Katy Holzinger said. "Some women take it strictly for birth control purposes and some take it because they have four kids like me."

The Supreme Court ruling opens the door for religion-based companies to have the final say in providing birth control. 

"I think the Supreme Court is discriminating against women big time. I think that all employers should offer health care. The full range of health care including birth control," Melanie Housley said. "What business is it of Hobby Lobby whether a woman is taking birth control?" 

According to Princeton.edu, emergency contraception or "The Morning After Pill" is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex. The pill can be used as contraception for up to five days after sex if regular contraception was not used. 

 

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