Most women reject Hobby Lobby decisionNews added by Benefits Pro on July 25, 2014

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By Dan Cook

A majority of women say they would support candidates who disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

However, if Democrats were looking for a major swing in women voters against the ruling, they didn’t get it.

The survey, by Hart Research Associates, a Democratic polling firm, found that 57 percent of women who responded would support candidates opposed to the ruling. A slightly higher percentage (58 percent) said they disagreed with the ruling.

Hobby Lobby had asked to court to strike down a component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that required employers to include full payment for an array of contraception methods in their employee health plans. Hobby Lobby had objected to four of the methods based on the owners’ religious beliefs.

The court did so.

The survey showed the Hobby Lobby ruling was more offensive to younger respondents than older ones, and also revealed that nearly three-quarters of the women surveyed knew about the ruling and took an interest in it.

Despite the less-than-overwhelming results, Democrats trumpeted the findings.

“This poll shows women are focused on the Hobby Lobby ruling, they’re angry about it, and they’re going to vote based on it this November,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “The Hobby Lobby decision has lit a fuse that cannot be put out.”

Congressional Democrats have drafted bills designed to undo the Hobby Lobby ruling, though sufficient support doesn’t exist for them to go anywhere.

Hart Research said other highlights from its survey included:
  • When asked to describe their reaction to elected leaders who stand in support of the Hobby Lobby ruling, 71 percent of women said these leaders are focused on the wrong issues and priorities, and 68 percent said that these leaders are out of touch with them and the everyday lives of women;

  • 71 percent of women voters objected to the idea of for-profit corporations being allowed to exempt themselves from a law they feel goes against their religious beliefs, with the objections gaining a majority across major political lines (Democrats 82 percent, independents 73 percent, Republicans 52 percent;

  • 67 of women said that it is reasonable that religious institutions must file an exemption form if they object to providing prescription birth control;

  • 82 percent of women agreed that companies should cover prescription birth control as a preventive health service with no copay.
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