Unless you’ve been living under a rock today, you probably have heard about the both highly celebrated and highly condemned Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby. As usual, I see so many people arguing about things they clearly don’t really understand, and misconceptions and falsities are flying everywhere. I can’t help but chime in whenever I see a large mass of people freak out over something. Especially when that something is not the something that those someones think that that something is. If you were to look to a wide array of social media right now, you would see that the Hobby Lobby clearly evokes the following:
- Hobby Lobby hates women!
- Hobby Lobby wants women to die in the streets!
- Hobby Lobby wants you to go back to coat-hanger abortions!
- F*ck you Hobby Lobby!
- Anti-women pieces of sh*t!
- This has horrible ramifications for women everywhere!
- Birth Control pills do a lot more for women than simply prevent pregnancy!
What I don’t get, is what all of these people are so upset about though. I mean, they obviously were not aware that:
- Before Obamacare was even passed, a vast majority of businesses already provided birth control. “A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 85 percent of large American employers already had offered such coverage before the health care law required it.”
- Even the Associated Press admits, “Most working women will probably see no impact from the ruling.”
- Or that even Hobby Lobby itself, already has, and continues, to provide birth control to their employees. In fact, they provide sixteen separate forms of birth control. So what was all the fuss about? It was the other four types of birth control our government wanted to force Hobby Lobby to provide. What were these other types? They were abortive procedures; i.e. birth control measures that terminated a pregnancy after fertilization has already taken place.
- If you really want abortion covered under your health insurance, you have other options. You could simply switch to an employer who will cover it, as a vast majority are willing to do so. But even if that’s not an option, you could also simply enroll in Obamacare yourself and get your insurance directly from them, and not your employer. They continue to cover your abortion expenses. And if you claim you don’t have enough money to purchase your insurance, according to the Obama Administration, that shouldn’t be cause for concern either, as you can qualify for subsidies. Well…that’s what they claim anyway.
Yet other people are now railing against the ruling, saying that because Hobby Lobby isn’t required to pay for your right that never existed to have free abortions paid for by someone else who objects to paying for said abortion, this clearly means that other employers will be able to ban vaccinations, or blood-transfusions, or cancer treatments, and so on, if they say it also goes against their religious beliefs. Again, this too is false. The ruling only applies to contraceptives.
“The majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito agreed with that argument. According to SCOTUS Blog, the Obama administration failed to show that the broad contraception mandate is the least restrictive way of advancing its interest in ensuring access to birth control. The Court also ruled that the decision applies only to the contraception mandate, not other insurance mandates, such as those involving vaccinations.”
But yet, people are still saying the ruling will still set a ‘dangerous precedent’ for other future rulings.
But you know what I think? I think the more dangerous precedent comes from the ruling two years ago that the government can forcibly mandate private citizens to purchase something, or pay a fine / jail time if they refuse to comply. The Supreme Court today agreed with what was already common sense under the First Amendment, which is that citizens have the right to religious freedom. Just because someone decides to improve the economy and provide jobs for other citizens who would otherwise not have them, does not nullify all of their rights.
And as for the argument that you are subjected to different laws if you decide to open a business, because you somehow magically become ‘public sector… Every business is a private business. It is something that a private citizen has decided to do on their own. The only difference where I would agree with dissenters is for truly public entities, which are government-employed positions. Anything that is public sector, I may agree, as the government truly is supposed to be non-partisan on anything (even though that is not the case). But anyone who opens a business, not run by the government, does not magically make them public sector. They are still private sector, and the Supreme Court has agreed today, that they still have rights.
And if you go on Twitter right now, you’ll see a plethora of the latest hashtag craze, #NotMyBossBusiness or #NotMyBossesBusiness. You’ll see thousands of tweets claiming how what Hobby Lobby did is such a disgrace, women’s rights this, hating women that. Let’s just ignore that it would be Boss’s and not Bosses for a moment.
Again, there’s hardly an issue of access, as almost all employers do provide birth control, even the women-hating Hobby Lobby. And for those that don’t, as I said, you can always sign up for Obamacare yourself. And let’s stop pretending that because an employer can’t be forced to pay for your birth control, that must equate to, “They’ve taken away my entire right to have birth control!” No one is stopping you from getting birth control. They’re simply saying they should also have the right to not be forced to pay for it. You can always go out and get it on your own. But my favorite thing about this hashtag is all of the great responses. Such as: Ironically, it actually is your boss’s business. That’s why he’s your boss. But I guess if you follow the President’s line of thinking, that boss didn’t build that business. Somebody else made that happen, right?
If you want to claim that it’s not your boss’s business, then why should he care at all? Why is it even his obligation?
For people who champion so hard for the government staying out of their bedrooms and their lives, these same people are certainly trying really hard to make sure the opposite happens. I especially like all the of people who say they’re now going to boycott Hobby Lobby to protest. Like this person, who claims that Hobby Lobby is dead to them, and then in the same tweet asks what Hobby Lobby even is. Quite the outrage.
But seriously, whether this tweet is sarcastic in nature, or purely clueless, it’s not like these people ever shopped at Hobby Lobby to begin with. Kind of like what happened with Chick-fil-A. A ton of people who didn’t eat at Chick-fil-A to begin with complained and said they were boycotting, while supporters of Chick-fil-A decided to go there even more, and their business boomed.
My point is, I see people freaking out all over the places about this ruling, and what it clearly means for society. And yet when I ask these same people if they actually know specifics of the ruling, or that Hobby Lobby does not deny birth control, they act confused.
The facts are:
- Hobby Lobby has, and continues to provide birth control to its employees.
- 85% of employers already provided birth control before Obamacare even became law.
- This ruling will leave everything virtually unchanged, and it will have little to no effect on women. Even the AP agrees.
- If you are one of the rare exceptions that feels that you absolutely have a fundamental human right to free abortion, you can still enroll in Obamacare yourself. Last I checked, they were hard-pressed for new enrollees anyway.
- This ruling does not give employers the power to deny you other medical needs such as vaccinations, blood-transfusions, cancer treatments, etc. It only applies to contraception.
- If it’s not your boss’s business, why is it your boss’s obligation?
- Contrary to what you really may believe, it is still your boss’s business. And simply because someone decides to try to earn a profit in creating their own business, that doesn’t mean they forgo all other religious rights that they have.