Hobby Lobby ruling taking the country in the right direction
On June 30, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of a privately owned company, Hobby Lobby, protecting its owners’ religious rights under Bill Clinton’s 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Here is how the national news reported the decision.
NBC News reported: “Hillary Clinton Slams Hobby Lobby Ruling by Supreme Court.”
“Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Monday chastised the Supreme Court for ruling that an employer can refuse to provide women with contraception on religious grounds.”
The New York Times on its Opinion Page reported: “The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State was quoted saying, “It conjures up fake religious freedom rights for corporations while being blind to the importance of birth control to America’s working women.”
What did the Supreme Court actually decide for the owners of Hobby Lobby? This court decided (5-4) that the private owners of this family-run company could continue to provide 16 forms of contraceptives to their employees – to which they had no objection to providing – but they also had the right to refuse to pay for four types of medicines that kill a human embryo after it had been fertilized. In the eyes of the owners of Hobby Lobby, these medicines would be causing an abortion and would be the equivalent of killing an unborn human being.
The Supreme Court decision did not remove the ability of any Hobby Lobby employee from obtaining or using these aborting drugs. Rather, it only removed the requirement of their employer to pay for these medicines.
Of course, Hillary Clinton could not tell us the truth. She could never tell us that the, “the Supreme Court ruled that an employer can now refuse to provide women with abortion inducing drugs based on religious convictions.” If she were to admit this, then she would be admitting that there is a rational argument for protected human life beginning at conception. This would run counter to the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade Decision, the feminist movement of the last 50 years and the “war on women” that exploitative males have been waging since the Stone Age.
It is very important that the far left feminist movement (and all of their friends in the national media) not allow a rational discussion on the process human life. Human life begins when a male sperm meets a female egg and the 23 chromosomes from the male unite with the 23 from the female making a complete strand. Within minutes, this one cell begins to duplicate, multiply and start the growth process. The only thing that stops this small unit from becoming a fully formed breathing baby boy or girl is lack of nutrition or lack of protection. These are the same components that are needed to take a one-day-old child to adulthood. In other words, qualitatively, a human life begins at conception and deserves the protections of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, which are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Those of us who are pro-life have become accustomed to so called “pro-choice” advocates distorting the truth (a nice way of saying they lie). The Roe v. Wade decision is based on a lie. The abortion industry is based on keeping the truth from pregnant mothers. (Google “Planned Parenthood lie.”)
Americans are beginning to wake up to the lies. When asked how they feel about the abortion issue, the Gallop poll finds that 48 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life and 45 percent pro-choice. (May 15, 2013). This is a good positive trend. Perhaps we are seeing the beginning of a renaissance in America. Perhaps we are seeing with this Supreme Court decision an awakening in America to, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
Dr. James Hanak is the director of American Family Ministries