In a nutshell, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby on its opinion that as a family-owned corporation, it shouldn't be required to cover the health care costs of things it disagrees with fundamentally. In this case, Hobby Lobby didn't want to cover the costs of birth control under its company health care.
This decision also could affect smaller businesses, which may want to refuse to cover these types of expenses for monetary reasons just as much as religious. While they do have some additional protections under the Affordable Care Act, they may not be fully protected from all aspects.
On the other hand, Hobby Lobby is a giant corporation, family-owned or not. In this economy, people may not be able to pick and choose where they work.
The Supreme Court is hiding behind something called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which is a very important law that many are saying is misused in this case). But that act is meant to protect people, not corporations, you say? Apparently, in the good ol' U.S. of A, a corporation actually is a person. And its health care needs are more important than standard female health care.
Overall, it seems most of Twitter disagrees with SCOTUS, and the Supreme Court is currently being tried by the biggest court in the land… the court of public opinion.
SCOTUS has consistently ruled against the US Constitution & 4 Corporate rights above citizens rights. This Fascist trend is destroying USA— Mark D'Truth (@Truth247) July 2, 2014
SCOTUS: Corporations should get their hair colored by a professional, instead of doing it at home. Scalia, Roberts dissenting.— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) July 1, 2014
SCOTUS cautions that corporations "shouldn't feel pressured to start dating so quickly after breaking up with Josh."— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) July 1, 2014
SCOTUS' Hobby Lobby ruling mentions women just 13 times. Ginsburg's dissent mentions women 43 times: http://t.co/DRZroSDaCZ— Carl Gregg (@carlgregg) July 2, 2014
I suppose one can't be surprised a #SCOTUS that ruled money=speech, & that firms=people, also ruled that firms can hold religious beliefs.— Nicholas Partyka (@NicholasPartyka) July 2, 2014
Between SCOTUS and this, it's been a banner week for dumping on women. And it's only Tuesday. http://t.co/Yi6DOA1LGw— Elizabeth Zuckerman (@LizCanTweet) July 2, 2014
Confidence in SCOTUS drops to 30%, Good news Congress, your 10% is still safe.— Eric (@diggaduh) July 2, 2014
SCOTUS ruling in Hobby Lobby case is offensive to both women and religion http://t.co/POLvucTHft— Toyota Obsession (@ToyotaObsession) July 2, 2014
It's important to note that all the justices who voted for Hobby Lobby were men. I, for one, am getting a bit tired of people considering health concerns that only affect women to be "optional." Viagra, a drug used to correct nature's natural decline in male sexual activity, is covered, but birth control isn't?
Whether you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision, it's time for women to stand up and say enough is enough. I don't need a 60-something-year-old man telling me what can go in and out of my vagina. Neither do you. Share this article if you agree.
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