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Thune applauds ruling on women's contraception

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Republicans say they're pleased with a Supreme Court decision that says for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

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But state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Knecht says the decision will make it even more difficult for South Dakota women to access basic preventative health care such as birth control.

The justices' 5-4 decision Monday says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

U.S. Sen. John Thune calls it "a victory for religious freedom."

Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota joined 17 states in supporting the challenge to the Supreme Court. He says there's "a continued unease that the federal takeover of health care infringes upon our individual and state rights."

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