To the Editor:
RE: Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby, Mardel and Conestoga
The letter Ms. Turck writes (July 5, KDH) leaves the impression that the decision of the Supreme Court allows these “closely held” companies to stop providing any and all types of contraception.
It does not. At issue were four types of morning-after drugs that the owners of those corporations found were directly against their belief that life begins at the moment of conception and that it would violate their religion to facilitate access to contraceptive drugs or devices that operate after that point.
The decision of the Supreme Court was that these closely held corporations were entitled to follow their religious beliefs and exclude the four morning-after drugs from the health care that they offer to their employees.
It did not exclude the other 16 types of contraception that are currently available.
My point here is that it is worth a person’s time to read the Supreme Court decision(s).
The media is going to spin the decision the way it wants and will leave out important parts of the decision, if that assists them in making the point they are making.
This was a very narrow decision, on a very specific question, and the government did not provide a persuasive argument that the beliefs of the owners of these closely held corporations should not be the thing that guides their decisions.
The quote is taken directly from the Supreme Court Decision: 13-354, BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. v. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC., ET AL.