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July 4, 2014

The great Hobby Lobby debate

Somerset —

It’s a common joke among those of us in the libertarian set that liberals are pro-choice when it comes to reproductive rights — and anti-choice when it comes to everything else.
Rarely is that borne out so much than in the Hobby Lobby contraceptives case.
On Monday, the nations water coolers and social media sites exploded with chatter about the Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby, the national chain of retail crafts and decor stores, wouldn’t have to pay for contraception for its employees under “Obamacare,” nor would other family-owned businesses.
The owners, the Green family, have very strong beliefs in the name of Christianity about the so-called “morning after pill,” or the “week after pill,” medications designed to stop pregnancy shortly after intercourse has taken place — an important distinction in the argument that life begins at conception (Hobby Lobby has covered other types of contraception, according to numerous reports surrounding this case). Apparently, the Greens believe it’s morally wrong to interfere with the creation of life in this manner, and don’t want to have to pay for it to happen.
Political liberals jeered and cried out about injustice. Religious conservatives did a victory dance, grateful that their beliefs had been validated.
Me? I’m all about choice. You want to take a pill to make sure you don’t get pregnant, I say go right ahead. I won’t stop you. It’s your money, it’s your decision.
But why on earth would anyone who values that kind of choice for themselves want to force someone who doesn’t agree to essentially buy these pills? Why is that okay?
Well, according to the Supreme Court, it isn’t. And while the highest court in the land doesn’t always get it right, in this case, it did. 

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