Hobby Lobby rul­ing was the right one

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - NANCY MEN­ZIES-KREUZER Glen El­lyn, Ill.

Lib­er­als are ob­ject­ing to the Supreme Court’s rul­ing that re­quir­ing closely held com­pa­nies, such as Hobby Lobby, to pay for meth­ods of con­tra­cep­tion vi­o­lates the cor­po­ra­tions’ re­li­gious free­dom. In fact, the rul­ing has lit­tle to do with con­tra­cep­tion but has much to do in­stead with up­hold­ing the Re­li­gious Free­dom Restora­tion Act signed into law by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in 1993.

This act re­as­sured cit­i­zens of their re­li­gious rights. It is also im­por­tant to note that out of the 20 con­tra­cep­tives of­fered in Oba­macare, only four did Hobby Lobby find ob­jec­tion­able be­cause they can cause abor­tion of fer­til­ized em­bryos.

Here is my main con­cern: Pres­i­dent Obama, through im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion, has ex­empted not-for-profit businesses that ob­ject from pay­ing for con­tra­cep­tion. In those cases, the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies now pick up the tab for con­tra­cep­tion with­out fil­ter­ing down costs to those not-for-prof­its. Case solved. Mr. Obama could do the same in this case, and the prob­lem of women not get­ting their con­tra­cep­tion would be reme­died. Yet he in­stead says he will ask Congress to han­dle it.

I find the case against Hobby Lobby so dis­turb­ing be­cause it seems so ob­vi­ously po­lit­i­cal, a plan to fur­ther pit the par­ties against one an­other and to give the pub­lic the false im­pres­sion that the Catholic Church and any­one else who op­poses the con­tra­cep­tion man­date wants to put women back into the Dark Ages.

The Green fam­ily, which owns Hobby Lobby, was coura­geous in stand­ing up for what its mem­bers be­lieve. They asked the Supreme Court to rec­og­nize, up­hold and pre­serve their First Amend­ment rights, and that is what the court did. We should all be cel­e­brat­ing. This was a good day for Amer­ica.

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