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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'd like a glue gun, some acrylic paint, and some birth control

A federal judge denied Hobby Lobby's request for exemption from the federal requirement to provide health care coverage which covers contraception, especially (at least, this is what owner David Green claimed to be his basis for objection) the morning-after pill.
In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company's Christian owners consider objectionable. 
The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates the owners' religious beliefs. The owners contend the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb. They also object to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices. 
At a hearing earlier this month, a government lawyer said the drugs do not cause abortions and that the U.S. has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them. 
In his ruling denying Hobby Lobby's request for an injunction, Heaton said that while churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions, "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."
Well, they might be-- they sound pretty darn religious to me. But I'm very glad they don't get to impose that religion on their female employees by denying them health coverage.

Now to decide whether to end my personal boycott of Hobby Lobby...shopping for all of my craftsy stuff at Michael's really bites.

2 comments:

  1. Green, having religious liberty, is free to believe whatever nonsense he likes. He is not at liberty to force his employees to labor under his delusions or to suffer the consequences of them. It would please me if he found a better hobby to lobby for. The same should apply to churches and other religious institutions. I'm looking at you, Catholic hospitals.

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  2. Hooray for some good news! But the cynic in me says that they'll probably go the route of Papa Johns et al. and just cut hours so they won't have full time employees and get out of providing insurance that way. I'm very tired of people confusing their freedom to practice and express their religion with their inability to enforce their believes on other people.

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