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With Hobby Lobby case, court has chance to defend religious liberty

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 3, 2013

IF Hobby Lobby persuades U.S. Supreme Court justices that it shouldn't have to pay for some forms of birth control because it would violate religious principles, well, the end would be near in terms of women's health care!

So say liberals who are wringing their hands over the prospect of Hobby Lobby winning its case. One of them is U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who helped ramrod to passage the Affordable Care Act, a portion of which requires companies to provide insurance covering birth control.

“When the Supreme Court hears this case, the choice must be clear,” Pelosi said last week after the high court agreed to take on cases brought by Hobby Lobby and a Pennsylvania furniture company. “Health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not by her boss, by insurance companies or by Washington politicians.”

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said, “Allowing a woman's boss to call the shots about her access to birth control should be inconceivable to all Americans in this day and age.”

And yet neither woman has a problem with the nation's boss, President Barack Obama, calling the shots by ordering Americans, through Obamacare, to enroll in insurance plans they don't want or don't need. Pelosi, Murray and other liberals insist that women be able to have any and all options for birth control — free, of course — while Obamacare options are almost nil. The disconnect is remarkable.

Hobby Lobby and several other for-profit companies began this fight in 2012 after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate requiring faith-affiliated institutions such as hospitals and charities to offer free contraception and abortifacients as part of health insurance coverage. After considerable blowback, the administration tweaked the rule to make insurance companies, not the religious employers, offer free contraception.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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