Rhetoric is escalating in Washington as the March 25 date draws near for Hobby Lobby to plead its First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Obama Administration’s mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. As a private business, Hobby Lobby does not fall under the narrow religious exemption of the mandate, so it would be required to include such coverage when its health plan renews or potentially face crippling federal fines of $1.3 million per day for its refusal to comply.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) took to the Senate Floor this week to trumpet her support for this sharp-toothed government requirement that employers provide for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs despite any religious objection. She declared:
“[M]y hope is that the Court realizes that women working for private companies should be afforded the same access to medical care, regardless of who signs their paycheck. We can’t allow for-profit, secular, corporations or their shareholders to deny female employees’ access to comprehensive women’s health care, under the guise of a ‘religious exemption.’ It’s as if we’re saying that because you are a CEO or shareholder in a corporation, your rights are more important than your employees who happen to be women.”
Senator Murray and her allies on Capitol Hill, as well as groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL, later took to Twitter to proclaim the employer requirements in this area are “#NotMyBossBusiness.” Notably, a number of individuals worked to counter this “tweet-fest” by offering pro-First Amendment arguments to this hashtag.
The implications for this case are life and death to freedom of conscience. The seed that was planted to give birth to America is being examined, and the Supreme Court could pluck it from the ground, finally killing the tree that sprung from the most profound of personal liberties.
Despite the disingenuous and deceptive rhetoric from Patty Murray and NARAL (which is merely trying to protect the grotesque revenues of its sponsors), this is not about “access,” this is about whether someone can be forced to pay for what they believe is murder.
Anyone can choose to buy contraceptives, or (tragically) hire a hit-man to snuff out their unborn child in America today. This case is about whether people have a choice on participating. (Yeah, this is the “pro-choice” crowd showing they loathe actual freedom of choice!!)
Last I checked, a business owner’s money is most certainly his money, and therefore it is his business what he buys with it, and he is most certainly responsible—morally and ethically—for his purchases.
Prayers are in order… may we be spared from the final death of the Republic’s foundational ideal.