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Locals React to Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling

The celebration extended from Washington D.C. all the way to the Permian Basin.
The celebration extended from Washington D.C. all the way to the Permian Basin.

“I feel like it was a victory for women. I was very pleased I felt like it was a victory for religious freedom,” said Patti DeFrance, with the Republican Women of Midland.

The Supreme Court ruled hobby lobby does not have to provide a full range of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.

But not everyone celebrated.

Democrat Virginia White showed disappointment about the ruling.

“Today’s decision tells us that corporations are people but women are not,” white said.

She believes it will directly affect women in West Texas.

“Hardworking Texas women need to be able to obtain these medications affordably and with all these clinics closing there is not going to be any place for them,” White said.

But DeFrance believes the ruling is fair for women.

“I don't understand how it's taking away from their rights. They have the right to buy, purchase, get their hands on any sort of birth control,” DeFrance said.

But similar to the Supreme Court ruling, not at the expense of a business owner.

“The right that they're not getting from Hobby Lobby and some of the other small businesses at this point would be not to have the right to abort a child or to take the morning after pill,” DeFrance said.

The moral and political debate will continue.

“It's a disaster for Texas women, it's a disaster for Midland, Odessa women, it's a disaster for West Texas,” White said.

But the Supreme Court already decided.

“I believe that this was America shouting leave us alone,” DeFrance said.

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