Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are both Christian owned businesses. Mennonite owned Conestoga wood Specialities operates in Snyder County. They say the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act violated their religious beliefs.
Randall Wenger, an attorney for Conestoga Wood Specialties said, "these people are the real deal. They're trying to exercise their religious freedoms. This decision took the burdon off their back, and the first thing they did was pray."
As the Supreme Court's decision on the birth control mandate came down Monday morning, there were tears of joy, and prayers of thanks at Conestoga Wood Specialties.
The kitchen cabinet company teamed up with craft store Hobby Lobby, which has a location in our area, to challenge the Affordable Care Act birth control mandate.
They argue being forced to provide their employees with birth control infringes on their religious freedoms.
"It's a mandate that requires the company to pay for abortion. The Hahn's are Mennonites. Because of their religious faith, they are also pro-life," said Wenger.
Many people in the community celebrated with Conestoga owners. Many people drove by, honking their horns, and holding their thumps up.
Representatives said that while not all employees share the same religious beliefs, many have supported the Conestoga owners in their fight.
If the mandate hadn't been overturned, Conestoga owners would have had to pay an annual fine of 36 million dollars. Their attorney said they would likely have gone out of business.
Conestoga Wood Specialties said women hoping to use birth control will still be able to get ahold of it. Representatives said it's availble through organizations like Planned Parenthood for little to no cost.
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