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Local citizens have mixed reaction from Supreme Court's 'Hobby Lobby' ruling

The Supreme Court made waves across the nation's landscape in their ruling on Monday stating that companies can deny free birth control because of faith-based beliefs.

While women's rights groups have been quick to respond, the topic has had social media buzzing and members of communities throughout the Midlands coming away with different opinions.

"We're thrilled with this decision," Dr. Oran Smith said. "5-4 is about what we expected, but we could have it go 5-4 the other way. So, we're pleased. Very, very pleased."

The 5-4 ruling is the final decision in Hobby Lobby's fight against a mandate in the Affordable Care Act requiring companies to offer co-pays for free contraceptives.

"And the Green family of Hobby Lobby," Smith said, "there were was some specific drugs that they had a problem with that they felt were actually taking away life or being destructive of life."

Smith, the president and CEO of Palmetto Family Council, said the ruling is a victory for religious liberty. However, Dr. Eme Crawford, manger of the grassroots group "Tell Them," thinks it's troubling that five men made the decision for women.

"These are private medical decision," Crawford said, "and they're best made between a woman, her family, and her doctor. Your boss's religious affiliation should not predetermine how you make your medical choices."

Although Crawford believes it's still too early to see how the ruling will affect 530,000 women in need of contraceptive services in South Carolina, she said her group will continue fighting for access to birth control in the Palmetto State.

The court was careful to point out this decision does not allow companies to refuse to pay for other health coverage like blood transfusions and vaccines.

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