CNN: The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay. At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs. (link)Companies cannot get the same protections as religious organizations because they are businesses, not houses of worship. Obviously. When you incorporate your business, you're shielding yourself from certain kinds of liability--and you have responsibilities based on that agreement. You don't get to have it both ways and say my corporation exercises religious liberties.
According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), 58% of women who take the pill need it for reasons other than preventing pregnancy. Including: migraines, acne, prevention of ovarian cysts, and prevention of menstrual cramps. As well as helping to prevent ovarian and colorectal cancers. Thus, for most women, birth control isn't a religious issue. It's a medical issue.
Allowing companies to have religious rights is like opening Pandora's box. Do you really want to open the door allowing your boss to tell you what medicines you can and can not take? If companies can refuse to cover reproductive health than what's to stop them from refusing other things?
What if your employer doesn't believe women should work? Can they do so on religious grounds? What if your for-profit employer believes that AIDS is God's punishment for being gay? Can they opt out of paying for HIV care? What if your employer doesn't believe in modern medicine at all, like the Christian Scientists & thinks we heal with prayer? Can they refuse employees health care altogether? What if your employer is a Scientologist and believes psychiatric care is evil. Can they refuse to cover mental health care?
Bill Gates is atheistic, can he therefore refuse to hire Christians, or anyone who is religious? Can Microsoft refuse time-off for Christmas due to its religious overtones? And, why doesn't Hobby Lobby also refuse to cover Viagra for men? I'd venture to guess that a lot of guys taking the "little blue pill" aren't using it just for sex within the confines of a marriage. I'm a husband in a childless marriage, so, if I start a company couldn't I refuse to pay for health care covering my employees kids?
This is what I mean. Giving religious rights to companies would have some pretty bad unintended consequences. It could really backfire on the religious fundamentalists.
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