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Hillary Clinton calls Hobby Lobby ruling 'deeply disturbing'

Hillary Clinton is one of the 53 percent of Americans who disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby yesterday.

Clinton criticized the Court's decision to allow "closely held" corporations to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate on religious grounds.

"I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction," Clinton said at a Facebook Live event in Colorado. "It is very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer's healthcare plan because her employer doesn't think she should be using contraception."

Clinton echoed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, arguing that the ruling sets a precedent that could allow companies to "opt out of any law," creating a "slippery slope" of companies claiming religious exemptions from other laws.

"Many more companies will claim religious beliefs. Some will be sincere, others maybe not. We're going to see this one insurable service cut out for many women," Clinton said. "This is a really bad, slippery slope."