As we all know, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking another look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA or “Obamacare.” In spite of predictions by many conservatives, a five-justice majority already has deemed the law constitutional.
This time the issue seems much narrower: Should secular employers who have a religious opposition to abortion be required to provide coverage for abortifacient contraceptives such as Plan B, the anti-pregnancy pill? The court’s agreed to hear two cases, one by the owners of craft retailer Hobby Lobby and the other by the owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties.
You can argue this one on both sides until the cows come home, just like people on both sides have been arguing about abortion for decades. But there’s really a much broader question underlying it.
And that’s this: should ANY secular employer with sincerely held religious beliefs against a medical procedure, or medicine be required to pay for coverage that includes that procedure or medication?
Because abortion is far from the only issue here. Read more »