Hobby Lobby gets its day in the highest court in the land today. The Christian retailer sued the government in 2012 to seek an exemption to Obamacare’s requirement that employee health care plans include coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception drugs. The company faced fines of up to $1.3 million a day for refusing to pay to kill babies in utero. Last year a court granted the company a temporary exemption.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the “far-reaching consequences” and contends that this case “could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court’s history.”
Refusing to fund health plans that include drugs to kill unborn babies shouldn’t be controversial at all. But that’s the debauched culture we live in. An excerpt:
A ruling in [Hobby Lobby’s] favor could have an effect on tens of thousands of women whose employers share the Greens’ objections to some or all contraceptives…But the current court, led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., has shown a greater interest in religious freedom claims. And because the objections to the contraceptive mandate come from Catholic bishops and evangelical Christians, not small or obscure sects, the potential effect has been magnified.
Liberals act as though abortion drugs and other contraceptives would cost women hundreds of dollars, which they do not. Even if they did, it’s not an employer’s responsibility to fund their employee’s “family planning.” And the last time I checked, neither killing unborn babies nor preventing pregnancy fall under the rubric of health care.
The implications for Christian businesses and owners who believe abortion is murder would be far worse than any for women who expect employers to cover their abortions and birth control.
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