So I'm angry. I was going to post a summary here, but people either already know or can look it up themselves. I think the Supreme Court made the wrong call on a lot of levels and this is going to have some very unpleasant consequences.
-Up until yesterday, corporations and their owners were completely separate entities from a legal perspective. When the owners took action (such as paying for health insurance plans), they were acting as agents of the Corporation, not themselves. Now, not only do corporations share the same religious beliefs as their owners, but owners can claim that laws on corporations are aimed at them personally. So do we still have the corporate veil or not? Because I have a feeling that bankers and CEOs aren't going to start going to jail after this ruling.
-In the same breath, corporate freedom of religion came into existence and was granted a higher legal standing than freedom of religion for actual humans. Corporations have stronger rights than women.
-It opened the door for companies to contest any law they want on the basis on freedom of religion. Recall that some branches of conservative Christianity hold that humans can't be the cause of global warming because only God has the power to destroy the world. Recall that people used religious arguments to support slavery and segregation. The Supreme Court opened the door to a big pile of lawsuits.
-Hobby Lobby's obvious hypocrisy in refusing to cover female birth control while being perfectly happy to cover Viagra and vasectomies.
-At least one of the contraceptives in question, Plan B, has been determined to prevent conception. Previously, it was thought to prevent implantation. Hobby Lobby apparently never got the memo and considers Plan B to be an abortifacient
. And the Supreme Court went along with it. In other words, the Supreme Court ruled that religious beliefs are more compelling than science in the court of law.
-The ruling wasn't limited to abortifacient
-The Supreme Court suggested that the government pay for these contraceptives if they want women to have them so bad. So anyone who pays taxes, which I assume includes the owners of Hobby Lobby, will be paying for them anyway.
-Somehow, female-specific health care continues to be considered a special case as far as laws are concerned.
-The wording of the ruling gives special status to certain flavors of Christianity when it pointed out that they don't intend for this ruling to mean it's ok to deny vaccines or antidepressants on health plans.
And of course, Fox News is framing the opposition to the ruling as slutty women complaining that their employers won't subsidize their whoring around town. I don't think they see what kind of far-reaching consequences this ruling has (or the full list of reasons why a woman may be on birth control).
Edited by SteveT, 03 July 2014 - 09:45 AM.