The Supreme Court yesterday showed its hand, in no uncertain terms. Their ruling in the Hobby Lobby case answers the question “Why isn’t Texas trying to get its court to the Supreme Court faster?” In a decision that was disappointing, but not surprising, they ruled that a “closely held” corporation (most of them) can pick and choose their employees benefits access (in violation of the ACA). This is particularly ridiculous since health insurance is compensation, and extra ridiculous since Hobby Lobby used to provide such health insurance until the ACA required it. Possibly the worst part is that the company claimed certain birth control methods were abortifactants. They aren’t, which makes it even more ridiculous. But the court ruled since the company had “sincerely held religious beliefs” EVEN THOSE BELIEFS ARE SCIENTIFIC NONSENSE, they can do as they please.
You can argue about why this ruling went down the way it did, but the result is obvious. More vulnerable families will be stripped of access and rights they deserve. Not to mention birth control they need.
Sorry, I need to pause. Did you see the people celebrating on the steps of the Supreme Court? Because FIVE MALE CATHOLIC justices just decided that birth control was totally up for debate.
As an aside, they also made clear in the decision that OTHER medical procedures that OTHER religions found objectionable were NOT up for debate, but thanks for asking.
Are you mad yet? I am. Please sit down and write a letter – to your doctor, and apparently now to every business on the planet. I support access to a full range of reproductive healthcare – from abortion, to birth control, to everything in between.