Tuesday, July 01, 2014

SCOTUS decision: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

You knew this one was going to send the leftists into a tizzy.

In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012.

The case concerned the HHS Contraception Mandate, which mandated that employers provide certain forms of contraception at no cost to their employees.

While still a legal victory for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., the decision is limited to closely-held for-profit corporations, not non-profits such as Little Sisters of the Poor. The decision is also strictly limited to the issue of the contraception mandate, not other medical practices.

You can read the SCOTUS opinion here.

Naturally this is interpreted by leftist kooks as religious fanatics trying to take away their birth control. But in this particular case, the founders of Hobby Lobby had serious convictions over providing coverage for specific contraception, namely abortion inducing drugs. The fact of the matter is that HL provides coverage for sixteen types of contraception.

The chanting point that is often put forth by the likes of Sandra Fluke is that it's none of her boss's business regarding her birth control choices. THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT!!!! Yet Fluke et al claim that their bosses should subsidize such things which violate their conscience thus making it their business. Hobby Lobby wanted nothing more than to remove themselves from that situation altogether.

For a sample of unhinged leftists, check out the Twitchy post from shortly after the decision was announced.

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