The recent "Hobby Lobby" Supreme Court decision defended the rights of the owners of a company to refuse to fund a health plan that covered abortifacient "contraceptives." The Hobby Lobby owners argued that such medications violated deeply held religious beliefs. So for now, by a disturbingly close 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court has asserted that government has no right to force business owners to violate their conscience-provided that the business is "closely held."
The response of the leaders of both parties demonstrates why medical decision-making and politics are not compatible. It also represents another reason why the federal government should not be involved in health care and why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) deserves to fail.
To illustrate, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, "Today's decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed Constitutional lines in pursuit of" big government. He then added, "The President's health care law remains an unworkable mess and a drag on our economy." more >>
Poverty, violence and other issues aside, women everywhere are focused on being depressed after hearing the "anti-woman" ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Wheaton College v. Sylvia Burwell last week. Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College became embroiled in litigation due to Obamacare's requirement that for-profit employers provide abortifacients to employees, despite their owners' Christian beliefs. As we all know, there is no issue or right more important to women everywhere than to force all employers to subsidize their use of abortifacients.
It doesn't matter that women can easily buy the abortifacient Plan B over the counter inexpensively for $50 without a prescription. It doesn't matter that Planned Parenthood provides abortifacients and birth control free to low-income women. Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent to the Hobby Lobby case, righteously declared, "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
Five Catholic and mostly white men on the Supreme Court just perpetuated sexism, misogyny and chauvinism into the 21st century, according to three dissenting and caring feminists on the court (never mind that one of them, Justice Kagan, is Catholic too). The War on Women has ratcheted up one notch. Women have never been so oppressed. Ginsburg stated in her dissent that the Hobby Lobby majority decision puts women "into a minefield." Without employer-covered abortifacients, they may as well be in live combat on the battlefield! more >>
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian college in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
The 6-3 split vote, released late Thursday, gives Wheaton College temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs.
During this time, the college cannot be fined by the IRS for opting to not cover emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B and Ella One, which can be taken up to 72 hours and five days after unprotected sex, respectively. more >>
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill on Tuesday which would have mandated a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions.
Missouri already has a 24-hour waiting period. Nixon blasted the bill as serving "no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women who have undoubtedly already spent considerable time wrestling with perhaps the most difficult decision they may ever have to make."
Nixon also labeled House Bill 130 as "extreme and disrespectful" and alleged that it would "unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women." more >>
President Barack Obama may have new pressure on him to consider religious liberty issues regarding his pending executive order barring LGBT employment discrimination.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, many believe a renewed demand for religious exemption consideration now exists.
On Monday, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 that a closely held business such as a family-owned one could be exempted from providing certain forms of birth control due to religious objections. more >>
Planned Parenthood employees are essentially salesmen for abortion, according to one former clinic director who believes the organization would cease to exist were it not for the profitability of abortion.
Former clinic manager Abby Johnson told The Christian Post that, for Planned Parenthood, "the only way to make money and the only way to generate revenue" is through abortion.
"Workers know there's a quota. They become sales people for abortion, otherwise Planned Parenthood will lay off workers," said Johnson, president and founder of a nonprofit called And Then There Were None, which provides financial, emotional, spiritual and legal assistance to former employees who've left the abortion business. more >>