The battle over birth control and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues with two private companies who are owned by devoutly religious families suing to become exempt from a portion of the health care legislation that mandates providing certain forms of birth control to their employees. They feel this infringes on their religious beliefs regarding abortion and that somehow these birth control methods, such as the IUD and morning after pill, in fact work by causing abortions. This is debatable, but I’m not going to go there.
On the day back in March when arguments were presented to the Supreme Court, the PBS Newshour provided this report in combination with the show Religion and Ethics News Weekly, and provided some much needed clarity on the case.
Given the issue with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton back in 1993 along with current exemptions already provided by the Administration, I can see the Supreme Court providing a limited exclusion to these companies (and others like them). Will it be the end of the battle? of course not. Will it open the flood gates to other cases? Probably.
My main issue with Hobby Lobby is why abortion is singled out. These same people/companies who are so religiously devout that the thought that a 3rd party might end the life of an unborn fetus is so devastating that they couldn’t live with themselves also pay taxes to our government that funds all kinds of religiously abhorrent things such as our military. Their taxes fund a 3rd party to go off to some foreign land and kill living individuals. No objection there though. Why is the supposed “murder” of a fetus more devastating to them than the actual killing of a combatant? Maybe it’s because as most pro-life people, they don’t care about you once you’re born.
Finally, a follow up on the case presented by the show Religion and Ethics News Weekly can be viewed here:
I guess we will see what happens tomorrow.