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Business owners react to Supreme Court contraception ruling

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 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives violates religious freedoms.

In a 5-4 decision, the nation’s high court is allowing religious-based businesses like Hobby Lobby to opt-out of covering contraceptives for their employees.

The nation is quite divided on the today, but several business owners here in Sioux Falls say the ruling is a big win for business rights.

“For me being a small business owner, it's really great to see our rights being upheld,” said Sioux Falls business owner Shelley Giddings.

“Business owners need to be able to run their businesses the way they see benefits not only themselves, but also for the benefits of their employees,” said Brian Eide with Verne Eide Motors.

Verne Eide has been doing business in Sioux Falls for 48 years; all that time, Eide says the company has incorporated Christian values.

“Myself and my partners are Christians, we are Christian business men and we hold the values according to the way Jesus Christ has brought them to us and we want to run our businesses that way,” said Brian Eide.

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling upholds the company’s ability to do just that.

“Whether you're a Christian business man or not, [it’s important] that you're able to make those decisions for yourself and for your employees, because frankly they’re your family as well,” said Eide.

But opponents of the Supreme Court’s decision say that right shouldn’t be up to employers.

“What this decision does is allow privately held corporations to make decisions as if they were religious entities. And to decide as a boss, that their female employees will not be able to have full coverage for birth control,” said Sarah Sarah Stoesz, President & CEO Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

“I don’t really see that; if employees want to purchase their own health care that covers what they want to have, they still can, nobody’s stopping that. So I really think this is the best way for everyone’s rights to be upheld,” said Giddings.

Opinions on the topic vary greatly throughout the nation; a Reuters/IPSOS poll conducted this April shows about 53 percent of people disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, the rest either agree or are unsure.

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