In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. On the surface, the decision protects the religious freedom of corporations and enables them to operate as sovereign faith-based entities. On a deeper level, the Supreme Court’s decision continues to strengthen the right of corporations to exercise their moral compass.
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) represents, among many things, a move toward equality of access to healthcare. Indeed, the Affordable Care Act reinforces the American Medical Association’s wish to provide non-discriminatory healthcare to everyone in need. Those protesting the contraception mandate, including the company named in the suit, Hobby Lobby, argued that forcing organizations to provide contraceptives to employees was a violation of religious freedom, both for the organization and its employees. The Supreme Court decision favored this perspective. As a result, people who believe their employer has the responsibility to provide reasonable levels of healthcare, including access to contraceptives to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and reduce the likelihood of conception, are placed at the mercy of their employer to decide whether or not contraceptives violate the corporation’s religious freedom. Continue reading