For all the “war on women” rhetoric and venom spewing over the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, it’s prudent to examine what this week’s ruling doesn’t do.
It does not:
• restrict women’s access to contraceptives;
• restrict women’s access to miscarriage-inducing abortifacient drugs;
• restrict women’s access to abortions.
The only thing being restricted is the federal government’s power to force some employers, morally opposed to certain types of birth control, from having to pay for that birth control under Obamacare.
What the Supreme Court essentially says in its 5-4 ruling is that a business owner’s constitutionally protected religious beliefs are not trumped by employees’ expectation of company-subsidized contraception coverage.
If that’s part of a “war,” we’re just not seeing it.
All we see is abject selfishness in the notion that a closely-held or family-owned company should be forced by punitive government mandates to purchase something it finds morally reprehensible.
Why would any decent person even ask someone, especially employers, to violate their most closely held religious or moral values? Hey boss, buy me this thing you find personally abhorrent – but don’t make a fuss about it, OK? Because I’m not really interested in your “values.”
In the case of the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby chain and four-dozen other corporations, the plaintiffs specifically were opposed to purchasing pregnancy-terminating “morning-after” pills. The companies never told employees they couldn’t seek such products, just that they wouldn’t pay for them through the company health plan.
Hobby Lobby, by the way, already provides coverage for 16 forms of contraception for its employees.
But the far left is desperate to turn women against conservatives. It’s the only strategy it has, really. What else is it supposed to do? Make boasts about the flagging U.S. economy? Trumpet nonexistent foreign-policy achievements?
No, it chooses to drive a wedge by convincing women that the Supreme Court’s conservatives somehow reset the social clock back to the 1950s.
“It’s unbelievable that in 2014 we’re still fighting about whether women should have access to birth control,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Pure hogwash, Ms. Richards.
If the clock has been reset at all, then it’s been turned back to 2012. That’s when the flawed Affordable Care Act started requiring bosses to cover circumstances that weren’t previously required health-care services. That’s when Obamacare rules began violating the 20-year-old Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prevents laws that “substantially burden” a person’s right to practice their religion.
If the Hobby Lobby ruling “jeopardizes the health of women,” as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest ludicrously suggested, then that would mean women’s health
has been in peril during all but two years of the 21st century and the entire latter portion of the 20th.
How did we ever survive?
And where was all the outrage then? Where were all the shrill voices – the people now threatening Hobby Lobby with everything from boycotts to arson? Where were the politicians and special-interest groups during the early 2000s when women were hopeless
and helpless vessels of reproduction incapable of surviving without employer-paid contraception?
The warriors were not there because the “war on women” is a political construct of the current administration – a desperate act of a desperate party, desperate to remain relevant amid the ruin it has created.
This bogus war is a cynical and manipulative ploy to turn women into a monolithic voting bloc for liberals. And sadly – unless women can stop being coerced into being foot solders in a fictitious “war” – the ploy might just work.