Hobby Lobby 2: It doesn’t matter if we’re not paying for it, you aren’t allowed to get it either way
So according to a completely wrong, incorrect, partisan, and blatantly unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling, Hobby Lobby gets to ignore federal and state laws if it violates their supposed beliefs in an Iron Age imaginary sky god.
Now, the University of Notre Dame wants to go one step further - it wants to say that if they don’t believe in a medical procedure, they have the right to deny it’s access to their workers outright, even if it would be paid by someone else.
The Obama administration has a plan in place to cover women like Miller, who want access to effective but expensive forms of contraception like the IUD but who are insured through institutions that oppose it. The so-called “accommodation” allows religiously-affiliated non-profits like Notre Dame to sign a form certifying their objection, after which the insurer will directly cover the cost of the contraception.
But in what promises to be the next big birth control fight after Hobby Lobby, that accommodation hasn’t satisfied Notre Dame - or over 100 other non-profit institutions suing the administration. They claim that signing the opt-out form also violates their religious liberty, because eventually, contraception is dispensed.
Their argument is blatant and disgusting: It’s not good enough that they aren’t involved in paying for the contraception, they object to these apparently second class citizens (“Women,” according to the common vernacular) working for them getting it in any way.
According to Notre Dame and over 100 other so called christian organizations, they have the right to deny their workers access to a legal medical procedure because an invisible sky god said they can. Even if their workers are doing so without using any company resources.
This madness must stop. Unfortunately, a majority of the supremes appear to agree with these “christ” fans, allowing Wheaton College to refuse to sign the form, screwing their employees out of contraception coverage (but, again, not out of Viagra coverage) due to a loophole.
Welcome to 2014, leave your progress at the door.