Montanans react to Supreme Court contraception decision


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Supreme Court of the United States voted 5 to 4 to allow businesses to opt out of providing contraception in their medical plans because of religious beliefs.

NBC Montana sought out local reaction.

Douglas Miller runs more than one business, including the Montana Christian Journal. 

He tells NBC Montana, "I feel relieved that, at least as far as the companies that I own, this is another breath of fresh air for me.  It's one more thing off my shoulders, because I feel morally compelled to protect life."

State Rep. Ellie Hill (D-Missoula) says the floodgates are open, with access to more health care services at risk, including vaccines. 

"I am appalled.  I am appalled that five men in the majority now feel that they can make health care decisions for a woman.  I think a Montana woman and an American woman has every ability to make health care decisions on their own without their boss doing it for them," Hill says.

It remains unclear how many business owners will seek to opt out of providing contraceptives based on their religious views.

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