Many hours have passed since the Supreme Court made its ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. And as we all know, the Leftist media and Twitterverse has been apoplectic since then, spewing the same tired invective that it usually does when a ruling like this doesn’t go its way. Let’s take a look at a few of the key themes that are out there today, shall we?
First, we have the “denying access to birth control” meme, perpetuated by none other than Senator Elizabeth Warren:
Can’t believe we live in a world where we’d even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 30, 2014
That’s a pretty entertaining tweet right there – she could be a success at stand-up. First off, Liz, “big corps” are not what this ruling was about. The SCOTUS decision pertains specifically to “closely held corporations”. These are generally (but obviously not universally, given the size of Hobby Lobby) smaller companies that are controlled by 5 or fewer individuals. And this is not some sort of made-up phrase – it is specifically defined by none other than the IRS. You know, that government agency that preys on conservative groups. Now the “restriction” to closely-held corporations does make it a pretty wide-ranging decision, since around 90% of U.S. corporations fall into this category, although only a small majority of American workers are employed by such firms.
Now about that “vague moral objections” and the oft-screeched “companies can’t impose their religion on their employees!!11!” theme – Liz, once again, you and your ilk missed the boat on the ruling. This is not about birth control and “vague moral objections”. This is a specific objection to abortiofacient drugs. Hobby Lobby provides coverage for birth control today. What they object to – and this isn’t vague at all – is abortion, and in this case, that the government was forcing them to fund abortion. And the court ruled that they did not have to provide access to those specific drugs.
But let’s pretend the ruling allowed them to not pay for any kind of birth control, abortiofacient or not. Even after this ruling, no one is preventing a single female from accessing these drugs. Their doctors can prescribe them, they …read more