Nov
26
2013

Hobby Lobby #Obamacare conscience exemption case to be heard by Supreme Court.

Not unexpected, but not before time, either.

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an Oklahoma City family with strong Christian beliefs, says a 1993 law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, protects the company from the mandate. The company is particularly opposed to paying for coverage that includes the morning after pill.

By ‘particularly opposed’ the paper means ‘will go out of business rather than pay for what it considers to be an abortifacient.’ Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, run by committed pro-life Christians: the owners consider being required to cover the morning-after pill to be an intolerant affront to their religious beliefs – and, for that matter, their First Amendment rights thereof.  The administration’s response is pretty much War on Women, because yelling about War on Women is easier than, I don’t know, paying female staffers the same amount that you pay your male ones. I know that the above sounds cynical, and it is: but then, I’m reporting on the Obama administration, which is more cynical before breakfast than I can be all day.

More from Ace of Spades HQ, including what I can only call an outbreak of the audacity of hope.  I for one don’t really expect it to play out the way that Ace dreams that it would, but I am cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will carve out a more robust conscience exemption than the one that the Obama administration deigned to offer.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: I know that there are Democrats out there who seem to think that this is a winning issue for them.  I also know that they thought the same thing about Obamacare.

PPS: For the record: Hobby Lobby’s issue is specifically with emergency contraception and other procedures that they consider to be abortifacients, not preventative birth control. Be sure to mention that on Thursday to any random people trying to tell you that the company wants to not pay for the Pill; because they were perfectly happy to pay for oral contraceptives now.

3 Comments

  • acat says:

    Alas, the timing is not so good on this… or maybe it is.
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    The court won’t hear it until March, so .. it will be on the heels of the next budget battles, and after the Senate Dems get back from what promise to be .. interesting .. holidays in their home States. (unless, as former Sen. Lugar (I*-IN) did, they’ve permanently moved to the imperial city)
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    Mew
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    * I is for K street Imperialist .. Lugar couldn’t even vote for himself during his last primary because he had given up residence in Indiana, the state he represented.

  • Shel says:

    Democrats really despise us girls. I got this in an email from the DNC a couple hours ago:

    “The Supreme Court just decided to take up a case that could determine whether or not for-profit companies can deny their employee’s access to birth control. Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act are taking an extreme position and arguing that women’s bosses should have a say in their personal health decisions — which could undermine a core tenet of Obamacare and compromise women’s health.”

    Really, DNC? How stupid do you think we are? “Deny…access”?
    And if my boss is paying for my insurance, then just maybe she does have a say in what it covers.
    My question, really, is why the [un-ladylike expletive deleted] does Obama get to interfere in my “personal health decisions”?

    Moe, they may think it’s a winning issue, but they’re acting like desperate rats backed into a corner.

  • […] Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, and it owners try to run their business based on Christian principals.  However, ObamaCare will force them to fund the “morning after pill.”   They have sued on the basis that this violated their religious beliefs.  The case has now gotten to the level that the Supreme Court is their last resort, and the Court has agreed to hear the case.  Moe Lane has more… […]

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