Court Considering Impact of Hobby Lobby Decision on Washington Pharmacy Case

SEATTLE – A federal appeals court in California is considering the impact of the Hobby Lobby decision on a separate case involving religious pharmacists in Washington state. The same legal organizations that helped to defend the popular craft chain, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), are now fighting for the rights of Ralph’s Thriftway, a pharmacy near Seattle, Washington that seeks to … Continue reading Court Considering Impact of Hobby Lobby Decision on Washington Pharmacy Case

Health economics 101: contraceptives pay for themselves, usually, babies don’t

If anyone thought the controversy over Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate finished with the Supreme Court’s decision it’s time to think again. Over the past months the battle has been framed as conscience rights versus contraceptive rights. Now that conscience has won the first fight on points, a second round could be fought over money. According to health economists writing in the New York Times and The Incidental Economist blog, another … Continue reading Health economics 101: contraceptives pay for themselves, usually, babies don’t

The Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby had nothing to do with the rights or wrongs of contraceptives. The morality of abortion and abortifacient drugs was not the issue. Neither was the scientific debate about how emergency contraceptives prevent pregnancy. The Supreme Court came down in support of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mandel because it concluded they were protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed unanimously … Continue reading

Why Hobby Lobby is not about women’s health

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 early this week that the closely-held private companies Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not required to provide certain forms of contraception to their employees—specifically, those that the companies’ owners believe act as abortifacients. The White House—and media sources—immediately responded to the Court’s ruling by decrying that it “jeopardizes” women’s health. Sandra Fluke at the Washington Post opined about something she … Continue reading Why Hobby Lobby is not about women’s health

Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Victory for Religious Freedom’

WASHINGTON — In a victory for Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that profit-seeking businesses such as the arts and crafts chain can hold religious views under federal law. The Oklahoma-based company is owned by the Green family, who are devout Christians. They said Obamacare’s mandate requiring they provide insurance coverage for all forms of birth control violates their religious rights. The court agreed. … Continue reading Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Victory for Religious Freedom’

The HHS Mandate, Unborn Life, and the Professionals: A Cog in the Political Machine

That is not a scientific finding but a semantic game. Obviously, what raises the moral problem of abortion for Hobby Lobby and so many others is that it can destroy an embryonic member of the human species; even ACOG’s brief admits that is a relevant consideration regarding the copper IUD. But the medical establishment (and its friends in the pharmaceutical industry) began changing the definition … Continue reading The HHS Mandate, Unborn Life, and the Professionals: A Cog in the Political Machine