Hobby Lobby bans contraceptives through health care

Erika Bradley

Over the summer the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, allowing the religious based company to deny their employees contraceptives through their health care and therefore mixing church and state.

If, Hobby Lobby CEO David Greene, believes in Christianity he has the right to do so, but he does not have the right for his personal beliefs to affect thousands of others. The Supreme Court made a huge mistake with this ruling.

An article released in July by the New York Times made a very good point by stating the ruling allows corporations to be treated like people.

According to Forbes, Greene is worth $5.1 billion. He has over 600 stores nationwide and runs the company with Christian beliefs, “honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles,” the Hobby Lobby website reads.

Every person has the right to believe or not believe in any type of religion they want to, until it affects the rights of others.  

One of the reasons Greene wanted to be able to deny employees contraceptives through health care is because of Obamacare, which allows women access to contraceptives free.

This includes pills, shots, rings, diaphragms, IUD’s, emergency contraceptives, sponges, spermicides, female sterilization and the patch.

According to Planned Parenthood the only reason you may have to pay for birth control is because an insurance company is expected to carry one of each type of birth control form, but not every brand.

If you work for Hobby Lobby you do not have a right to free birth control because the insurance will not cover it even though Obamacare allows it.

The company is hypocritical in more cases than one. First, by being a Christian organization  that wants non-believers to be open minded to their religion they are not open minded to ideas of non-believers, such as birth control.

Secondly and most importantly, an article posted in April on the Forbes website explains Hobby Lobby had invested mutual funds into companies that produce emergency contraceptive products, which goes completely against their belief of life beginning at conception.

For a company who does not want to give their employees rights to contraceptives through health care, they have been investing millions into companies who produce the products they are righteously against.

Forbes listed the amount invested as $73 million. In the public eye Hobby Lobby wants to bring religious beliefs to their business, but behind the scenes they seem to not practice what they preach.

The Forbes article mentions this was discovered in paperwork filed in the company 401(k) retirement plan dated three months after they filed the infamous lawsuit. This is the most maddening part of the Hobby Lobby ruling.

With the large number of stores he owns, the ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby leaves thousands of women without the right to contraceptives through health care. This could cause the birth rate to increase for those who cannot afford birth control.

When a for-profit corporation has a right to use their religious beliefs in business there is no more separation of church and state. Personal preference can now dictate a powerful business and all involved.