Today the US Supreme Court ruled that business owners may cite religious beliefs to be exempt from federal law that requires private companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control. The decision means employees of such such companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along partisan lines in favor of two plaintiffs. One was arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby, which is owned and operated by evangelical Christians David and Barbara Green. The other was Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., which is owned and operated by Norman and Elizabeth Hahn, who are Mennonites.
Ironically, while the Supreme Court has just allowed for-profit corporations to restrict women's reproductive health care for superstitious reasons, they are not allowed to restrict men's reproductive health care, including coverage for Viagra.
It seems very strange that this court can make a ruling for religion, as these religions can give no proof on a daily basis of any god or such intelligence exists.
If it's religion, or free speech, or press freedom like ThinkAtheist. Do you really want the courts deciding a freedom of the press case on the basis that the courts get to decide whether the opinions of the author are flawed?
This decision is problematic, and could have been avoided by just a bit of common sense on the Obama administration's part. The ruling was inevitable given the makeup of the court, and a foolish thing for the administration to pursue.
The real problem is the dependency on corporations for health care, as well as the more fundamental question about whether corporations are people for the purposes of rights, while remaining protections for people when it comes to responsibilities.
"The real problem is the dependency on corporations for health care..."
I agree as long as you include all businesses.
I'm always floored when someone is opposed to "all businesses." The guy with the hot dog stand? The guy who makes money writing or taking photographs? The visiting nurse?
I don't get it.
I'll expand just for you, all businesses required to provide healthcare.
...was that really needed?
The Second American Revolution coming soon to a neighborhood near you.
I hope not but it's not looking good. :(