Crafting the case against Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby owners’ religious freedom cannot come at the expense of their employees.

Luis Ruuska

The devout Southern Baptist family who owns the Hobby Lobby made its case for religious freedom on behalf of its company before the U.S. Supreme Court last Tuesday.

Because the Green family believes human life begins at the moment of conception, it is fighting the stipulation in the Affordable Care Act that directs employers to provide all forms of contraception to their employees at no cost.

Although it doesn’t take issue with most forms of birth control, the family is opposed to emergency contraceptives such as Plan B One-Step and IUDs. The Greens have said offering these types of contraception implicates them in committing abortions.

The argument rests on the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the family argues justifies its refusal to provide certain types of birth control to employees.

Though the Supreme Court has yet to rule on this case, with several devout Catholics on the bench, it would not be surprising if the court rules in the Green family’s favor.

Regardless of the ruling, the Green family can’t have it both ways in the court of public opinion.

The Greens cannot be advocates for religious freedom and violate the religious freedom of their 13,000 employees whose ethical or religious codes are likely numerous and diverse and may allow them to use emergency contraceptives.

Additionally, Hobby Lobby is not a person. Any personification of the family-owned corporation is just a façade for their own beliefs and biases.

It would be very dangerous for the owners of Hobby Lobby to win their case and set a precedent for businesses nationwide.

If Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover contraceptives based on its owners’ religious principles, who’s to say what other companies might do in the name of religious freedom?