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Supreme Court got it right


July 9, 2014
How ironic it was to read the editorial on Hobby Lobby on July 4, Independence Day. The day our founders stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life...”  

Our founders certainly knew the value of life. While one might conclude the editorial was balanced, including a Facebook quote from a friend, and a quote from Justice Alito, it lacked the balance of presenting Hobby Lobby’s argument in the first place. It was also misleading,  inaccurate,  and draws conclusions contrary to existing law.  

The statement Hobby Lobby does not want their employees to have access to contraception is inaccurate. Hobby Lobby’s objection was against abortifacients, substances and devices which induce miscarriage. They believe, as do I, that life begins at conception. 

They had no objection, and still do provide coverage for most birth control pills, sponges, condoms, and sterilization. The editorial states “of course it doesn't protect the religious liberty or personal freedom of the employees.” Not true. The employees have the right to go out and spend the few dollars these pills and devices cost, on their own.  And they have the right to worship or not worship as they wish.   

Regarding Hobby Lobby,  it states “That's a heck of a commitment for a minimum wage plus gig.” Hobby Lobby starts their full time employees at almost double the minimum wage – much better than the vast majority of retailers.   

Then the editorial goes through a series of questions and scenarios that would be flagrant violations of existing law. This is just plain scare mongering. Towards the end it quotes Justice Ginsberg “..deny legions of women who do not hold their employers beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.” Again, not true. 

While I don’t agree with Ginsberg and you on most points, I’ve always felt you both state your arguments fairly and in truth. You both missed the mark on this one.   Hobby Lobby, myself, and more importantly, our founders believe that life is an unalienable right.   The Supreme Court got it right in not allowing companies to be coerced with hefty fines into funding induced miscarriages.

Gerald Adams
Springfield


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