Christian business owners shouldn’t have to offer drugs or any other “benefit” that would interfere with the religious beliefs of the owners. Although religious organizations are exempt from the Obamacare mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance that provides abortion-inducing drugs, businesses like Hobby Lobby didn’t fall under the criteria. The U.S. Supreme Court, which, unfortunately, found a previously unknown right of privacy for women to kill their unborn children, ruled in Hobby Lobby’s favor today.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Obamacare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage. An excerpt:
“[I]t means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.
“Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.”
Despite the doom-and-gloom prognostications you’ll hear from feminists and other liberals, employees have plenty of options. (Someone on Twitter made the point that since we, the taxpayers, help fund abortion mill Planned Parenthood, we’re already paying for women’s birth control. I don’t know about you, but that bothers me. A lot.)
Employees of the retailer worried about who’s going to pay for certain types of birth control pills can go see their doctor, get a prescription, and fill it cheaply at Walmart. They can also pick up condoms, spermicides, the sponge, or Plan B over the counter. Or they can stop having sex, which carries a risk of pregnancy, until married. Christians with their own businesses (the closely held kind, at least) or thinking about starting a business can rest easy today.