Justice Sonia Sotomayor Allows Contraceptive Mandate to Begin Next Week

    December 28, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an in-chambers opinion denying Hobby Lobby Stores Inc an injunction it had requested to prevent a birth control mandate from beginning on January 1. The mandate is part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare.”

Hobby Lobby is arguing that the mandate to provide employees with healthcare coverage that includes preventive care ,such as birth control, conflicts with its first amendment right to freely exercise religion. Many religious Americans believe that birth control, specifically the morning after pill, is in conflict with their beliefs about sex, abortion, and reproduction. The PPACA already has exemptions for churches and other houses of worship, but highly religious business owners are arguing that they should be able to refuse contraceptive coverage for their employees as well.

Sotomayor has not dismissed Hobby Lobby’s case against the contraceptive mandate, and stated that she was not deciding whether the company’s claims had any merit. Instead, she concluded that the “applicants do not satisfy the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief they seek,” referring to the injunction. This means the mandate will take effect at the beginning of the new year.

A Hobby Lobby spokesperson has stated that the company will not be providing the morning after pill for its employees. Hobby Lobby and its affiliated companies face fines of $1.3 million per day if they do not comply with the mandate.

  • Jim

    Regardless of what the Obama Administration thinks, contraception is not medicine. This is all about continuing the sexual revolution of the 70s. Remember Obama’s defense of Sandra Fluke? Why did he weigh in on that issue?
    Obama is a tyrant, pure and simple.

  • L. Jon Iredale II

    I am by no means agreeing with this mandate. I agree with hobby lobby. they should not have to pay for their employees to screw. I do have an issue with the cost of birth control. My wife just got on and it costs 100 bucks a month for those pills. I feel half that should be the going rate. My insurance currently does not cover any costs. For the people that think it should be free, though, go screw yourselves (no need for contraceptives that way) it isn’t free, that just means people that aren’t using it are paying for it in taxes.

  • Anselmo

    Their are other ways to protect from getting pregnant eg: condoms double up while having sex also a diaphram for women this will help as well. Remember birth control is only 99% effective no matter what is being used ( condoms, pills, diaphram, etc….) thier are some places like a free clinics or planned parenthood office and health services that will give you free condoms or even the pill for birth control. I dont think that health insurance should cover items like birth control pills when there is other options out there.

  • horace

    American women are no longer capable of being responsible for their reproductive health. That’s the reason the government has to do it for them and the rest of us have to pay for it.

    • Richard Mitchler

      — You make it sound like “we are all in this together” like “we are all members of one extended family” like we were all citizens of a single nation. Yet, you manage make all of that seem negative, which leaves me puzzeled and confused.

  • Richard Mitchler

    —Since the early 1970s tax dollars have funded birth control in America. All the HHS mandate is is another tax. Haxing to pay taxes is not a violation of one’s faith; it’s the price of being a citizen.

  • Ellen S Wilds

    For some reason religious conservatives, including the nuns, are really focused on sex. They seem to think about nothing else. Who is having sex? With whom and how often? How are they having sex? Which positions? What orifices are involved? Apparently when not thinking about God, they are thinking about sex.

    Folks, birth control pills are NOT solely for contraception. As hormone therapy, they are used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including cystic acne, endometriosis and dysmenorrhea. There are virgins on the pill, as well as married women. Further, there are women who must not get pregnant because of severe health problems.

    But if Catholics can refuse to cover birth control for their employees, does that mean Jehovah’s Witnesses can deny blood transfusions to theirs? And Christian Scientists can avoid the entire issue by refusing any healthcare at all to their workers. After all, prayer is much cheaper.

    Perhaps it is time for the religious folks in this country to get their minds off our genitalia and mind their own business. Keep your faith and I will keep mine.