Despite Liberal Outrage, Supreme Court Gets It Right With Hobby Lobby RulingSubmitted by McWilly on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:01
Let me first say that I am 100% for the use of contraception and also for the individual rights of women to do what they choose with their bodies. I put that right at the start because today’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling is not about the individual rights of women in any way. Despite the liberal outrage and the invented angle of attack that caters to that portion of the population, using women’s rights as a lever against the stance of the owners of corporations who object to Obamacare’s mandate that birth control be included in every health benefit package, women’s rights have nothing to do with the issue. This is solely about the government extending it’s power over what a privately held company provides to its employees as benefit, and violating the religious beliefs of ownership in the process.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that corporations with strongly held religious beliefs could opt-out of providing contraception as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
“We doubt that the Congress that enacted [Religious Freedom Restoration Act]— or, for that matter, ACA–would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy.