Dozens rally in WPB against Hobby Lobby court decision

Legal and legislative battles could lie ahead

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruled on contraception coverage last month. But could the controversial 'Hobby Lobby' decision spark legal and legislative battles of the future?

Dozens of women's reproductive rights supporters gathered on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach on Friday, waving signs and honking horns all to get as much attention as possible.

"We are a voice for all these people that are driving by and honking and supporting the cause that we think is important," said Meredith Ockman of the National Organization For Women.

It was important last month, with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5 to 4 ruling allowing some family-owned or other "closely held" businesses to opt out of a federal requirement to pay for contraceptives in health coverage for their workers.

Hobby Lobby - a national chain of arts and crafts stores - was at the center of the ruling.

"People are upset. They're still talking about it," said Laura Goodhue of Planned Parenthood, who was among those urging lawmakers to support some kind of legislation to address the Hobby Lobby decision.

"This is an economic justice issue," said Goodhue. "This an health care access issue. And women are paying attention."  But supporters of that decision, say the core issue was about individual religious expression - and that it should stand.

Some experts say the Hobby Lobby decision could lead to legal issues in the future if some companies are allowed to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.


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