An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.
The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman’s womb.
Basically, this argument comes down to, “it’s our money, and we want to use it to deprive our employees of their religious freedom, as an exercise of OUR religious freedom.”
They should extend the coverage to every employee, and then do what everyone else has to do in this society, try to convince their employees not to use it. Otherwise, they are using their position of power to violate their employees’ right to be whatever religion, and choose whatever set of morals, they wish.
Obviously, that’s the point. This isn’t about religious freedom, it’s about religious control. Their right to control is more important then their employees’ right to be free.