I didn’t comment on the recent Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby, and for good reason: It means nothing for women as to their reproductive rights.
In the Affordable Care Act, there are 20 forms of contraception for women listed: this case had to do with a total of 4 of those. Those are ones the owners of that company considered abortifacients. The company believes that violates their religious principles. So, in fact, the company was not preventing women employees access to contraception. Just to those 4 devices/drugs.
Now, I don’t happen to agree with that, but it doesn’t require the wailing, gnashing of teeth and waving of hands I saw from most people on Twitter and elsewhere. I mean, really, slippery slope? No, I don’t see it and the court was specific from my reading(I’m not a legal expert).
So there were many calls for people to boycott Hobby Lobby. Sure, let’s place more people in the unemployment line.
By the way were you aware that Hobby Lobby pays a minimum wage of $14 an hour for full time employees? For part timers, it is $9.50. Now that’s not great by any living standard but if you want to boycott, how about those that are still paying the federal minimum?
And maybe we should all be looking to see what our own companies provide. Does yours provide those devices/drugs? If you’re in a company plan, it’s possible that your company does not cover those. I looked at mine and found that my company plan does not cover at least 2 of them. They don’t have to right now because the “Employer Mandate” has now been delayed until 2016. Next month it’ll probably be delayed again (being sarcastic).
So let’s all step back a moment. The world did not end. Women still have access to reproductive services., even at Hobby Lobby.