Hobby Lobby has been in the midst of a long running battle regarding their right to choose what types of birth control methods that they will pay for under their insurance program for their employees. Since the owners of Hobby Lobby hold deeply held Christian convictions, the Obamacare mandate held that they had to pay for procedures that they felt violated their religious freedoms. Today, the United State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby owners and is therefore a winning ruling in favor of religious freedom. The Supreme Court ruled that the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability…at issue here are regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which, as relevant here, requires specified employers’ group health plans to furnish ‘preventive care and screenings’ for women without any ‘cost-sharing requirements.’ Congress did not specify what types of preventive care must be covered; it authorized the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of HHS, to decide. Non-exempt employers are generally required to provide coverage for the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including the 4 that may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.”
Further, the Supreme Court held that, “As applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violates RFRA.” It further upheld that “It employed the familiar legal fiction of including corporations within RFRA’s definition of ‘persons,’ but the purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers and employees. Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”
So now, Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations such as Mardel and Conestoga have been afforded the protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As such, they will not be required to implement health care services that they find to be at odds with their religious beliefs. This is yet another loss for President Obama and his lack of respect for the United States Constitution and his erroneously held beliefs that he has the right to trample upon the rights of the citizens of the United States of America.
Praise the Lord God Almighty for His righteous right arm that has been bared for His people. Amen.