First Amendment Alive and Well for Hobby Lobby

First Amendment Alive and Well for Hobby Lobby

American supporters of the First Amendment gave a collective sigh of relief on Monday. In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that closely held, for-profit companies — such as Hobby Lobby — had a right to claim religious exemptions from parts of Obamacare that required contraception coverage.

Without wading into a complicated talk on abortion “rights” – let’s make one thing clear: Hobby Lobby represents one of the most reasonable of stances on contraception. By reasonable, I mean it’s really hard for any sane person to argue against their fairly moderate view. Hobby Lobby already covers a multitude of contraceptive solutions, including 16 of the 20 solutions mandated in Obamacare. In fact, from Hobby Lobby’s perspective, they cover 100% of the contraceptives available.

How is that so, you might reasonably ask. The key is the word “contraception”. Contraceptives are, by definition, a means to avoid conception. That means getting pregnant – successfully fertilizing an egg. Obamacare includes as “contraception”, Plan B pills and IUDs. IUDs are a bit of a gray area. Yes, they primarily operate by killing sperm, but they also operate by making the uterine wall inhospitable for an egg to attach to. So, it is possible for an IUD to destroy a fertilized egg.

Plan B is less vague. Its flippant name even gives away its purpose. Plan B is used to destroy a fertilized egg. And by fertilized, I mean a conceived pregnancy. Yes, it is a day old embryo. That might not be an issue for many people. But to call Plan B contraception is a bald-faced lie. Plan B is a — stop by the drugstore, get a pill and abort a pregnancy in the comfort of your own home solution.

Just take a moment to picture, if you will… Your religious beliefs dictate that abortion is the taking of a human life. Further, a human life begins at conception. Now picture — there is a pill you can get at a supermarket pharmacy which will abort that life. The very casualness of the abortion itself would be a horrifying prospect. Now picture the Federal Government telling you that you had to buy this Plan B pill for your employees whenever Plan A didn’t work. What in the world was Plan A? Being responsible for your actions and actually using a contraceptive in the first place? This is the nightmarish situation Obamacare has put Hobby Lobby in.

Hobby Lobby is owned by persons simply opposed to abortion on religious (not to mention ethical) grounds. As Americans, they are entitled to their religious beliefs. Not only are they entitled, but those beliefs are enshrined in the First Amendment. They have never sought to force their beliefs on others. While morally repugnant, they don’t fire employees who seek abortions. They recognize every American has a right to their beliefs, even if it pains them.

But the mandate in Obamacare has forced them not only to accept opinions which are contrary to their religious beliefs, but to fund them as well. There is a difference between recognizing someone’s different beliefs and being forced to finance them. Obamacare effectively, from Hobby Lobby’s perspective, gave them a federal mandate requiring them to pay for the termination of a life.

Sen. Rand Paul, regarding the decision, announced:

“The Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom by taking a stand with Hobby Lobby. Religious liberty will remain intact and all Americans can stay true to their faith without fear of big government intervention or punishment. Our nation was founded on the principle of freedom, and with this decision, America will continue to serve as a safe haven for those looking to exercise religious liberty.”

With the rampant overreach of big government so common in the news, it is heartening to know the Supreme Court is still alive and well and following its mandate: to preserve the Constitution. What are your thoughts on Monday’s decision? Give us a tweet and let us know. To keep up with recent posts, follow us on Facebook.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Kalasnik, via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)



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