Grimes, McConnell React To SCOTUS Ruling

Jun 30, 2014

Kentucky senate candidates are reacting to Monday’s Supreme Court decision regarding contraceptive coverage.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court voted to allow closely held, for-profit companies to claim a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate.

Senator Mitch McConnell hailed the decision, saying it shows the Obama administration cannot trample on religious freedoms.  

"Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree that this particular Obamacare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," he said. 

McConnell’s Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes released a statement saying she supports full access to contraception and respects the exemption for churches. But she adds that she believes the Supreme Court got it wrong when it comes to corporations and she hopes to see affordable options made available in cases where employers are exempt.

The health reform provision had required companies with more than 50 employees to cover preventive care services, including such contraceptives as morning-after pills and IUDs.