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-Hobby Lobby Wins Case Against HHS Contraceptive Mandate

by Dr. D ~ July 1st, 2014

English: Hobby Lobby store in Stow, Ohio

                                                             (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in the case against the Obama administration’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate.

Here’s the story from the Citizen Link:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that families can run businesses based on Christian principles.

In a 5-4 decision, the court said the federal government cannot force Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to offer potential abortion-inducing drugs in employee health plans. …

In today’s opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA):

In holding that the HHS mandate is unlawful, we reject HHS’s argument that the owners of the companies forfeited all RFRA protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprietorships or general partnerships. The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs.

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Response: This is a real victory for religious conscience and freedom in the marketplace. These two companies were privately owned corporations by Christian families who were pro-life and wanted nothing to do with paying for abortifacients.

The narrow decision was hard fought and indicates how divided the justices really are when it comes to religious liberty. Freedom won this time but a change of only one justice on the court could bring a far different result. We should be praying for the health of the current court while we celebrate this win.

The Obama administration’s response to the decision is telling. They are immediately attempting to make political hay on the issue casting the decision as another skirmish in the ‘War on Women’ and typical of what the country would get if the Republicans took the Senate in the elections this year.

The administration and their allies attempt to make the case that these companies and 5 ‘old men’ justices are trying to dictate healthcare choices for women employees. But it is nothing of the sort. Women working for these companies are still free to seek out and pay for any drug or procedure they may want just like always. It was the Obama administration who was really dictating and forcing their pro-abortion stance on others by running roughshod over religious liberty through their HHS Mandate.

Here are a few articles on this decision which provide greater detail and analysis:

World Mag: “Hobby Lobby wins big, but questions linger

DR. Albert Mohler: “The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

NY Times: “A Ruling That Both Sides Can Run With

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1 Response to -Hobby Lobby Wins Case Against HHS Contraceptive Mandate

  1. Brian

    This decision will have significant impacts upon those individuals currently charged with civil rights violations for declining to participate in same-sex marriages. After all, if Hobby Lobby has no obligation to pay for its employees’ contraception/abortions, then how can a New Mexico wedding photography be sanctioned for declining to personally participate in a gay wedding?

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