Gainesville Activists Protest Hobby Lobby
Gainesville, FL -- It was a national controversy about a month ago when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby to deny coverage of certain contraceptives to their employees. Friday afternoon, protestors were out in full force to have their voices heard.
They were toting signs, chanting, even handing out condoms - all to send a message to Gainesville's newest Hobby Lobby.
Kendra Vincent, Chair of the Gainesville Chapter of the Women's National Liberation, said, "we don't want Hobby Lobby opening in Gainesville without them hearing how the Gainesville community feels."
The company, which opened it's doors at it's Newberry Road location for the first time Friday - faced some controversy in June when the Supreme Court ruled the corporation and other "closely held" companies like it could deny coverage of certain types of contraceptives to it's employees under the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby argued on the basis of religious preference.
The ruling only allows the corporation to deny coverage on four contraceptives:
- "Plan B", or the "Morning After Pill"
- Hormonal Intrauterine Devices
- Copper Intrauterine Devices
A statement on the company's website says they do not object to the other 16 FDA approved contraceptives including birth control pills, contraceptive rings, vasectomies and others, and they "provide coverage for such contraceptives under their health care plan."
Protestor Alyson Chadwick said, "if not a reversal, maybe we can pass a bill through congress that would prohibit companies from deciding what kind of healthcare their employees needed or deserved."
TV20 reached out to Hobby Lobby, however the company did not respond to requests for a comment.
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