Rally for Women’s Rights at Bangor Hobby Lobby

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 months ago

People rallied for women’s rights outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby Saturday morning.

This protest in front of the state’s only Hobby Lobby comes after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the craft store last month, saying employers don’t have to pay for certain kinds of health insurance for employees, if it’s against the company’s owner’s religious beliefs.

Regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act require employers to pay for 20 different kinds of contraceptives, Hobby Lobby offers 16 of them, arguing that four of them could cause abortions.

The 5 to four court ruling incited protests across the country.

Protesters in Bangor say this decision should be between a woman and her doctors.

“We feel that women’s rights are very important and they’re being chipped away and this is just another case of women’s choices being taken from them,” says Abbie Strout, protest organizer.

The group says it plans to continue educating the public when it comes to legislation regarding women’s rights.

  • John

    Maybe these women should take the time to read the ruling! I saw nothing in that ruling that says that women can not consult with their doctor on this issue. All this ruling does is say that Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to PAY for those 4 forms of contraception. People really should take a little time to understand something before they jump and accuse.

  • Balmier

    In no way are my rights as a woman violated by this Supreme Court decision.

  • Mike Mitchell

    God, people have nothing better to complain about. At least Hobby Lobby is offering some options. My employer doesn’t give any of his full-time employees health insurance. Give me, give me, give me….. that is what this society has turned into.

  • BGRGirl

    You’re missing an important point, folks. What the Supreme Court has ruled is that employers can now opt out of complying with laws that they believe conflict with their religious values. What happens if you work for a company who’s CEO doesn’t believe in vaccinations? How about if you work for a company whose board doesn’t believe in ANY medical intervention? Should their religious ideas prevent YOU from getting coverage? NO! It’s all fun and games until it’s YOUR health on the line! If a company wants to set up shop in the US and make money, they should have to abide by all the same rules as EVERY company – which means occasionally spending money on things they don’t agree with. It’s part of being a US company, just like paying taxes for things you don’t like (like war!) is part of being a US citizen.

    • Josh Roberts

      we should have the government play by the same rules as well. But I do have to agree with John though