Hobby Lobby's health insurance should cover the morning after pill. Every woman should be entitled to birth control, even if her employer does not agree that it should or should not be used. A woman's employer should not dictate to a woman that she cannot use birth control just because they don't believe in it.
If as Aristotle states, "The Law is reason free from passion", then so too is law free of religious moralities and caveats. Morals are not necessarily always ethical. Especially in the strictest sense of the law. As a responsible employer, you have an ethical imperative to treat all of your employees equally and with dignity regardless of their backgrounds and religious beliefs. Do not impose your morality and will upon others; especially those who depend on you as their employer.
So as not to leave the religious argument out in the cold, let me pose a question to everyone: Did Jesus stop to ask the lepers about their morality and beliefs before healing them? I think you'll find the answer is no.
The world would be a far better place should everyone try to follow Christ by example, rather than parroting interpretations.
1 My body, my health, and my sex life are not my employer's business
2 Do you want corporations choosing what to include or exclude in health coverage or deciding what is moral? You may cheer Hobby Lobby's views now, but your tune may change when a different corporation decides to deny you treatment or medicine that you want or need. Some may be for religious reasons (not necessarily yours), but it's a great loophole to cut company costs to deny other coverage. What if you worked for a Jehovah Witness company and blood transfusions weren't covered. (Would nasty people be saying "If I was going to be all reckless and get in a car accident then I would just pay for it myself")
3 The Day After Pill is a high dose of the daily pills. If you missed a dose and wanted to be sure to not get pregnant or the unexpected happened (rape, broken condom, your husband returns from Afghanistan 2 months early) and you do not want to get pregnant taking the "Day After" pill could prevent that from happening. The egg isn't implanted, it is not an abortion.
4 Not long ago a woman was fired for being pregnant (married or not). It is sad that this country would take steps backward before we have even caught up.
5 Hobby Lobby should provide health coverage and let its grown up women decide for themselves what is right for them.
Hobby Lobby and Mardel are both Christian Companies operating in OKC (my home town metro) here in the bible belt. The reason they are against the morning after pill is the religious aspect and morals involved with it. They dont care about the cost, just that it is a violation of their religion. Because of that, they should have to provide it because it gives a bias towards their religion in regards to law, and they are a for profit organization, not a church of charity.
Yes, Hobby Lobby should cover the morning after pill. It is my belief that what a woman does to her body is her own personal choice, it is not the choice of your employer.
Although some would argue that employers should not be required to provide health coverage for pills that are in opposition to their religious beliefs, I think it is not justifiable to deny a basic right. If a business claims to provide healthcare, they should not be able to pick and choose what specific healthcare options like this would do.
The Hobby Lobby decision reverses two centuries of Supreme Court opinions. First, the concept of a "corporation" was created to shield owners from litigation and responsibility. Many, many cases have refined this idea but the basis has stayed the same. A corporation is a distinct entity from its owners or shareholders. Second, the Constitution guarantees certain rights to its citizens, which we, as a nation, have clarified and expanded upon. These of course include the right to free speech, freedom of religion, and equality. Third, a corporation's owners may be racist or anti-semetic or hold any other belief or morality but under no circumstances do their personal beliefs allow them the ability to disregard the law and discriminate in the hiring of employees. Why should their personal religious beliefs allow them to disregard this law - the Affordable Care Act? When did the personal religious beliefs of a few become the yoke of discrimination for 21,000 others?
While the day after pill is inexpensive and easy to access over the counter (and in this form not typically covered by insurance) when used as a treatment in the emergency room following sexual assault it suddenly becomes very expensive. A child of reproductive age in the emergency room for rape/molestation should not be penalized for accepting a legal and medically beneficial treatment that would prevent an unwanted and harmful pregnancy.
What Hobby Lobby is attempting to do (assigning person beliefs upon a corporation) is called Insider Reverse Piercing and is wholly without precedent.
If the SCOTUS were to rule in favor of the corporations, that opens the door to corporate officers being held PERSONALLY liable for product failures, environmental disasters, financial fraud, etc.
That would destroy the very concept of forming corporations (which is to protect the principals from being personally liable for corporate liabilities).
Every CEO, CFO, CIO, VP, etc. would be living in fear if SCOTUS rules in favor of Hobby Lobby
What Hobby Lobby is attempting to do is to assign personal beliefs upon a corporation. This is called Insider Reverse Piercing and is wholly without precedent.
It also opens the door to holding ANY corporation's officers PERSONALLY liable for any future product failure, environmental harm, etc. which would destroy the very fabric of the centuries-old practice of incorporation.
Should this be affirmed by the SCOTUS, every corporate officer should be in extreme fear.
Its their choice their belief their business. If you don't like there policies you don't have to work there. It is not their job to supply us with birth control. You get paid for services rendered. They are not responsible for us . It is our job to be self sufficient.
Hobby Lobby does not believe in it from a moral/religious stand point. You can not force people to go against what they stand for. This may make it harder for some to get contraceptives, but in the end, it does not harm whatsoever except to the moral conscious of the companies who are against it and the egotistical politicians who support the notion of forcing Hobby Lobby's hand.
I and many believe that the unborn is a person from the day of conception. This means that the "day after pill" is, in our view killing a person. I can not for the life of me see how I or anyone who believes that way can compromise. It would be the same as saying I have to provide a gun to someone who wants to kill their child because they are not wanted. That may be over the top but that is how those of us who believe in the sanctity of life view all of this discussion on abortion including the "morning after pill".
I believe that people of this world are constantly worried about stepping on other peoples "toes" and not standing up for what is right. If Hobby Lobby chooses to stand up for what they believe in, it is not a bias controversy, but a moral belief. This world is straying from standards and morals and just basing life on "feelings" and "opinions." If you have a strong opinion about Hobby Lobby and their beliefs, do not choose to work there. They are choosing to believe what they believe and you can choose to believe what you believe also. The separation of church and state was not written to protect the state from the church but was to protect the church from the state. The world has a backwards view of this concept. Hobby Lobby should not have to change what they believe to make this world happy. They have a right to protect their standards and morals and should not have to bow down to other peoples opinions of their decision.
It is not the job of the company to take care of its workers. A worker and a company exchange two things of an agreed upon equal value- labor in exchange for payment. Sometimes benefits like insurance are part of the pay, and sometimes they are not. It is up to the workers to find a job that they believe pays them fairly for their labor. If they find the terms unfair, then they can try to find a better job. They are not entitled to extras just because they want them. Medicine is not a basic right- it is something you can get when you work for it. The same is true of food, shelter, clothing... businesses should not have to ensure that their employees are living well and fully provided for. They are, in essence, a trading partner, not parents. There is no obligation.
Companies chose what insurance plans they want and what those plans will cover every day. Some plans cover Viagra, some plans do not. Some cover the morning after pill, some do not. The morning after pill is not an essential part of healthcare, and therefore it should not be mandatory that they are covered.
Corporations are their own entities. If you want health coverage for the morning after pill, do not work there. Forcing companies to provide services they find repulsive to their corporate values is no different than forcing an individual to behave outside their moral code. Many employers cover contraceptives and abortions. Work for them, their values are more in line with yours anyway.
Hobby Lobby, as an employer, has the right to provide health care to employees as a means of making employment in their company more appealing. This does not mean that this employee health care plan should cover every prescription, treatment, and product that in any way pertains to the health of employees. What the plan covers is determined by Hobby Lobby. All religious views aside, contraceptives are a luxury that allow women to have casual sex without pregnancy concerns. A luxury, not a product essential to one's health. For this reason, it is utterly absurd for women employed by Hobby Lobby to claim the corporation is trying to control their bodies simply because they are forced to pay for their own morning after pills.
More big government getting involved in a company's decision. When are we all going to learn to be more self-sufficient. Do we really expect or want a company or government to take complete care of us? I worked for years in a large corporation. Birth control was not covered in our insurance plan. Anyone wanting it simply got it on their own. What an entitled society we have become. If you don't agree with a company's policy then don't accept the job. Just that simple.
As previously stated, if someone doesn't like the company policy, they don't have to work there. Beyond that, however, intercourse is a choice. If someone's chooses to have intercourse and have an unwanted pregnancy, it's their fault. If corporate says it goes against religious beliefs, then who are you to say that religion is not applicable?