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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Bill Johnson calls it, "an important first step.  Congressman Tim Ryan calls it, "a ruling against women's rights."

Those are the reactions from local members of congress to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.

Republican Bill Johnson issued a statement saying, "The Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key portion of President Obama's takeover of health care is an important first step in chipping away at this ruinous law that was forced on the American people. Now, closely-held companies across the United States will not be compelled to offer a specific coverage that is in direct contrast with their religious views, or that they find morally objectionable."   Johnson called the court's opinion a significant win for those who believe in religious freedom and liberty.

Congressman Tim Ryan, a democrat, said he was disheartened. "No woman should have to choose between necessary health care and having to pay their bills. This ruling will place many Americans in a difficult situation because of their employers' ability to force their religious beliefs upon them and it will lead to an increase in unplanned pregnancies.", said Ryan.

Ryan said that the ruling not only turns back the clock, but also ushers in a new era of uncertainty.  Ryan says the edict allows privately-owned corporations to push their religious beliefs onto their employees.


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