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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby on ACA Birth Control Mandate
The Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that Corporations are allowed to be called religious entities, and therefore are exempt from laws concerning birth control. The Right Wing is rejoicing, because they think this is the next step in overturning Roe v. Wade and making Abortion illegal. Somehow their small minds have morphed birth control into abortion, even if no eggs are ever fertilized. Somewhere Rick Santorum is popping bottles and waving a Bible in the air. The stupid injustice of this ruling burns our country.
If health care is for everyone thanks to ACA, and birth control is supposed to be free for all women, then why should it matter where you work or what your boss thinks about your private choices?
SCOTUS and Hobby Lobby should beware the wrath of women. There are more of us in this country than religious fanatics. People will boycott Hobby Lobby in the short term, but hopefully women will line up to vote in both 2014 and 2016 so that a Supreme change can happen in the future.
Other companies will use this ruling to cut costs by suddenly finding religion, which is a shame for all their female employees. The slippery slope is that these companies will keep trying to push the envelope further and further with their hope of a forced-pregnancy white-male-authoritarian all-Christian America.
From Think Progress
If you’re one of the estimated 14,000 individuals who work at Hobby Lobby or Conestoga Wood — the companies who represented the two plaintiffs in the case — then you’re most immediately affected by Monday’s decision. Your employers no longer have to cover several types of birth control that they’re opposed to.
Both companies object to covering emergency contraception, which they falsely claim is a type of abortion despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. Hobby Lobby’s owners also take issue with two forms of intrauterine devices (IUDs), long lasting forms of birth control inserted in the uterus, for the same unscientific reason. So the workers employed by those businesses won’t be able to use their insurance coverage for those types of birth control anymore. They’ll presumably be able to continue using their health plans for other methods, like hormonal birth control pills, that their bosses don’t have a problem with.
But even if you don’t work at Hobby Lobby or Conestoga Wood, there’s a chance that your birth control coverage may be put into question. More than 70 other companies also sued for the right to stop following Obamacare’s contraceptive provision. According to the National Women’s Law Center, 48 of those cases are still pending. Now that the Court has sided with Hobby Lobby, it will be much easier for some of those companies to win their suits and opt out of covering certain types of contraception.
On Hardball last night, the Attorney for Hobby Lobby's Green family wouldn't say if they are satisfied with Justice Alito's "remedy" of letting the government cover female employees with the types of objectionable birth control. Watch attorney Lori Windham waffle on the question at about 8:07:
Rachel Maddow talked about the so-called "narrow scope" of the ruling. Alito says that groups such as Jehovah Witnesses can't use it to limit blood transfusions, or vaccines, or mental health, etc. But some other corporations wish to object to ALL birth control, so in the future the ruling will probably allow almost any restriction by employers based on THEIR religious beliefs, regardless of the "burden" on the employees.
It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 30, 2014
SCOTUS took an outrageous step against women's rights, setting a dangerous precedent that permits corporations to choose which laws to obey.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 30, 2014
Can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 30, 2014
McConnell: Today’s "decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear."— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 30, 2014
Religious liberty trumps employer subsidized consequence free sex. The left flies into hysterical outrage.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 30, 2014
If you think you’re being discriminated against because you have to buy your own abortifacients, you aren’t a serious person.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 30, 2014
So feminism has morphed from equality to free loading by government mandate. #HobbyLobbyFTW— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 30, 2014
Obama's plan to force Christians to fund abortions is thwarted! #hobbylobby— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 30, 2014
SCOTUS decision is a victory for unborn babies! #hobbylobby— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 30, 2014
A victory for religious liberty! #hobbylobby— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 30, 2014
If IUDs & morning after pill were indeed #abortifacients then abortion would be a lot more accessible! But no, they aren't. That's stupid.— Phylisa (@phylisajoy) June 30, 2014
The Greens who own Hobby Lobby sell products from China where birth control & abortion in mandatory. They also invest in Birth Control #sham— John NoWayNRA™ (@azmoderate) July 1, 2014
When all the #HobbyLobby celebrants are holding signs that say "Ban Abortion" it is hard to think of this SCOTUS act as a narrow decision.— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) June 30, 2014
Nice reminder today: the conservative agenda isn’t just about abortion, but ultimately about birth control— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) June 30, 2014
I've said it before. Alito is the smartest conservative on the SCOTUS, the most strategic, and the most partisan. Fear. Him.— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 30, 2014
Alito very much opens the door for "the Government to assume the cost of providing the four contraceptives at issue" #HobbyLobby— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) June 30, 2014
Great day for people who like their judicial decisions based on made-up distinctions of questionable relevance.— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 30, 2014
And here is a footnote citing WebMD pic.twitter.com/1AwEcyA4EA— Irin Carmon (@irin) June 30, 2014
So, just this one time #SCOTUS will narrowly discriminate against women? Just like that one time they shoved Bush down our throats...— Beach Peanuts (@BeachPeanuts) June 30, 2014
I assume we'll soon hear claims from corporations with six coreligionist owners of more than 50% of stock who also hate Obamacare.— David Waldman (@KagroX) June 30, 2014
Boycott Hobby Lobby and drain them dry. Run them out of business. Don't spend one dime there. #HobbyLobby— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) June 30, 2014
So basically all I have to do to ignore a law I don't like is to say "religious freedom"? Is the SCOTUS packed with pouting 5 yr olds?— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) June 30, 2014
Just a friendly reminder. Today's overreach of religious privilege is only possible because we don't have universal health care.— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 30, 2014
Bible is pretty clear on this. Your medical decisions should be made by God > Anthony Kennedy > Your boss.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 30, 2014
According to the Supreme Court, corporations are people and women aren't.— Thanks4 Sharing Jerk (@Thx4SharingJerk) June 30, 2014
Now in making a decision on where to work we have to ferret out a corporation's religious beliefs!? American takes a giant step backwards— ShadowBard (@ShadowBard) June 30, 2014
sorry crafters, the only true birth control method created by god is gay, gay sex— Janie Porche (@janieporche) June 30, 2014