The U-S Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby stores. The owners – the Green family – objects to four of the 20 forms of contraception covered by the new federal health care law that have the potential to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb.
The Obama administration argues that as a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby cannot claim religious protections available to “persons”. The 10th circuit disagreed. Some argue that Hobby Lobby is trying to force its religious beliefs on its employees. But the 10th Circuit ruled that the real issue is whether the government can order Hobby Lobby to take actions that run counter to their religious beliefs.
As we’ve seen over the past four decades in our society, the role of government in the area of citizens’ reproduction practices is controversial indeed.
I’m inclined to support Hobby Lobby in this case.
Our thought for today is from Patricia Sampson:
“Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is the ultimate reward.”