What are the stakes in the Hobby Lobby birth-control case?


(KTVI)-This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The Hobby Lobby is a chain of craft supply stores headquartered in Oklahoma City with 18,000 employees in almost 600 stores, including five in the St. Louis area. The chain is owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. They say the Affordable Care Act requirement that employee health insurance plans cover birth control violates their religious beliefs. Specifically, they object to the inclusion of the so-called morning after pill, which the Green’s say amounts to abortion.  So, Hobby Lobby has taken their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Green isn’t alone. Some St. Louis area businesses have raised the same objection. So, can a corporation have religious beliefs? If so, do those beliefs trump the law?  Charles Jaco sits down with Elizabeth Sepper , an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University. She specializes in the law, ethics, and medicine and has written about this issue. Her article, “Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience”, appears in the American Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law.

6 comments

  • RETIRED1

    There are over 2,000+ primitive fairy tales based religions practiced in this country today (that includes christianity) that each have their own dogmas and rituals in which government can not defer to each one when enacting policy.Government needs to govern without adhering to these primitive fairy tales based religions or otherwise it would be crippled and never get anything accomplished.I am glad that I have the intellect to be an atheist and reject religions which is the same thing government must do when enacting policies to govern the citizenry!!

  • chejkalcfh

    companies can not impose their beliefs on their employees. I think it is THAT simple, unless ALL their employees are required to follow the same belief. And that amounts to discrimination.

  • TK

    Government needs to stay out of private business and private individuals’ lives…. Hobby Lobby is a private business and can determine what they will and will not pay for in regards to healthcare. Don’t like then go find another job.

  • Hattie

    What I’m concerned about is the ongoing discrimination against women.
    What does taking birth control efforts have to do with my employer. If I don’t show up for work because I have babysitting problems, I’m fired.
    Does Hobby Lobby pay for Viagra or Cialis because men have issues?
    I bet 95% of Hobby Lobby’s purchases are made by women and all of us women should go on strike from buying anything from this store. Stand up women! This private business is laughing all the way to the bank based on women purchasing most of their goods to fix up our homes. Fight Back – do not allow this discrimination to take place.

  • TK

    Hobby Lobby does not discriminate against women! Read the article – Hobby Lobby is specifically concerned about the morning after pill due to their religious beliefs. The Green family owns Hobby Lobby and they write the paychecks of their employees. Why should they have to change their religious beliefs in order to “conform” to this disaster called Obamacare? Ridiculous!

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