If you go on Twitter today you’ll probably be bombarded with hashtags like #HobbyLobby #NotMyBossesBusiness or #SupremeCourt. That’s because the Supreme Court just handed down an extremely controversial decision on birth control, religious freedom, and Obamacare.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that employers with religious objections (Hobby Lobby) can opt out of an Obamacare mandate that requires companies to provide contraception to employees.
#HobbyLobby takes us dangerously close toward a society where rights of corporations trump the basic rights of women who work for them.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) June 30, 2014
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the #HobbyLobby dissenting opinion saying, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 30, 2014
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion: “Under the standard that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] prescribes, the HHS contraceptive mandate is unlawful.”
The decision is a major victory for opponents of Obamacare. Of course, not everyone is happy. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent that the decision could open the door for other companies to ignore laws based on religious objections.
Ginsburg writes in her 35 page dissent: “Although the court attempts to cabin its language to closely held corporations, its logic extends to corporations of any size, public or private … In sum, your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.”
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) June 30, 2014
Of course, the decision was also hailed as a major victory by some.
Hey ladies, here is a totally free form of BC you need no one to tell you to use. It’s called abstinence or more close ur legs #HobbyLobby
— Shulze (@BwellGroup) June 30, 2014
— EPU (@paul_fuller) June 30, 2014