Hobby Lobby and Birth Control Culture Wars

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

3 Responses

  1. Kristen Rosser says:

    Good points. What would you say to the counter-argument that the employees can get their birth control paid some other way? It seems to me to be setting a dangerous precedent.

    • I’m sure some can find other ways but many won’t be able to, forcing them through health conditions that could be solved by these drugs as well as raising unwanted pregnancies which directly means more abortions. I don’t know enough of the exact contexts to give any kind of numbers for how many will needlessly suffer for this, but if there is anybody left out of basic life-giving provisions, we cannot celebrate that and call it anything remotely Christ-ian (Jesus-like). If you’re a Christian denying those provisions, you better be making sure you’re going extra out of your way to make sure your employees are getting what they need somehow.

      But it is bigger than that. I would quite possibly start with exactly what you’ve said: it is a dangerous precedent even if the employees can still afford everything they need. It is a problem that the rich corporation is favoured over the just-scraping-by employees who need something. It is a problem that “religious freedom” now includes the ability to deny healthcare to those under your control. It pretty much destroys the efficiency of the employer-paid insurance system, which scares me because I know Americans will not approve of true (government-paid) universal healthcare any time soon and that means there will be a lot of loopholes. Not coincidentally, I think that’s exactly what a lot of the Republican backers of Hobby Lobby were going for, even if not Hobby Lobby themselves. The principle of “everyone deserves basic healthcare” was put in serious jeopardy.

      • Kristen Rosser says:

        Yes, I really believe what this actually was, was more an attempt to attack and neutralize Obamacare than it was a true conscientious objection from the Hobby Lobby owners. Plenty of evidence points that way, including the fact that they invest in the very corporations that make the medications they claim they are against– and that they covered these medications in their insurance with no objections until Obamacare came along.