he government cannot require closely held corporations to insure birth control in company health plans if it violates their religious beliefs, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The 5-to-4 decision in the “Hobby Lobby” case is a political blow to the Obama administration, which had allowed nonprofit groups to avoid direct responsibility for Obamacare’s contraception mandate but held firm against for-profit owners who complained and filed suit.
“Hobby Lobby wins! Hobby Lobby wins!” shouted protesters in a raucous rally outside the court, referring to the Oklahoma-based crafts store that became the face of the challenge.
The court said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 protects the family-owned corporations that sued, because the mandate was a clear burden to the objectors and the Health and Human Services Department had already showed, through nonprofits, that it could accommodate employers.
South Carolina Republican Party:
Columbia, S.C. – In a 5-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court said the federal government cannot force Americans to violate their religious beliefs.
“The Supreme Court has upheld the proper limits on government’s power,” said SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore. “The fact that Americans had to bring this case at all is just more evidence of how intrusive Obamacare really is – beyond failing to fix our healthcare system, Obamacare tramples our constitutional rights.
We must keep fighting for a healthcare system that empowers consumers to make the best choices for their families and small businesses.”
How is the Political Left spinning it?
Supreme Court Decision Harms Women’s Health
Dangerous ruling would allow employers to deny health care coverage for contraceptives
New York, NY—In a truly disappointing ruling today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in favor of a closely held corporation’s right to deny coverage for contraception to employees and their families based on an employer’s personal beliefs.
“Contraception is essential to women’s health and well-being, a critical component of preventive care, and integral to the health of families. We are deeply dismayed that the Supreme Court has placed the personal beliefs of the few ahead of the preventive health needs of the many,” said Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH.
“Medical evidence and a patient’s needs—not the private beliefs of her employer—should guide the care a woman receives. This ruling could have a devastating effect on many women who may now lose access to the most effective methods of contraception. This includes methods like the intrauterine device (IUD), which has a higher upfront cost and could be rendered unaffordable for many women, especially hourly and low-wage workers. I think of women like my patient, whom I will call Jane, who was a mother of three working two jobs. She had wanted an IUD for some time, but before the Affordable Care Act, she had a $500 deductible that was simply out of her reach. She was so grateful to learn that her insurance now covered it. Having highly effective contraception has allowed Jane to focus on providing for her family. Now, that access can be denied—not for medical reasons but because a boss doesn’t believe in it.”
In January 2014, Physicians for Reproductive Health joined with major medical groups representing a wide spectrum of health care providers to file a brief in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The brief argued that employers should not deny coverage for contraception and was referenced by Justice Ginsburg in her dissent at page 24.
Concerned Women for America Applauds the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, applauds today’s Supreme Court decisions in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius where the Court upheld our fundamental rights to the free exercise of religion. Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President had this to say:
“Concerned Women for America has stood in support of the Green and Hahn families throughout this process because we knew that their courageous efforts would ultimately serve our country for years to come. Religious freedom is one of our most cherish rights, and we are ecstatic that the Supreme Court has sent such a strong message protecting them.
“We are especially thankful that the Court saw right through the Obama Administration’s false claim to be working on behalf of all women with this unconstitutional mandate. As our brief to the Court said: “No one person, and certainly not the Government, speaks for the interests of all women, and the Mandate cannot be generalized as a measure that advances the interests of all women.”
“The mandate served only that group of women who support the president’s radical pro-abortion agenda. An agenda that would sacrifice our constitutional right to the free exercise of religion at the altar of so-called reproductive rights. It clearly works against those free-thinking women CWA represents who reject society’s imposed feminist values for the freedom envisioned by our founding principles of liberty and justice for all.
“The Justices have done the country a great service today by staying true to those principles and preserving religious liberty for all, including the women represented by the other side.”
Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with 500,000 participating members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders and over 30 years of service to our nation.