Racine County Eye readers – not surprisingly – are split over whether or not they agree with the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that privately held companies cannot be forced to cover forms of birth control that might violate leaders’ religious beliefs.
We asked readers for their opinion on the RCE Facebook page, and you didn’t disappoint.
Those who agree with the decision seemed to feel some vindication for their belief that the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – was too much government overreach.
Brad Bliss said, “The supreme court got it right. People who have religious convictions against abortion should not be forced by the government to pay for something they think is wrong.”
Sheila Justvig Simonsen agreed.
“They have a right to their beliefs and shouldn’t be made to do something they don’t believe in just like you have the choice to apply for a job there or not,” she wrote. “I’m pretty sure my insurance wont pay for an abortion, so why are we mad at Hobby Lobby for not paying for birth control.”
Others see the SCOTUS ruling as the first step down a slippery slope.
“This decision is the proverbial slippery slope, now allowing corporations (are people, my friends) to make decisions based on “sincerely held” religious beliefs,” wrote Kim Emmrich. “So, what’s next? Hmmm? We shall see. Evidently, the rights of corporations (people) now trump the rights of women (people?).”
Valerie Morey took the point a step further.
“For everyone that thinks this was a win: What is your employer doesn’t believe in cancer treatments, diabetes medication, er visits, antibiotics? Will you continue to stand by your stance that companies have a right to choose what treatments their employees get with their insurance?” she posted.
Other readers pointed out what they see as hypocrisy by Hobby Lobby owners for investing in companies that manufacture the contraceptives at the center of their court case.
“I think it’s interesting that supporters of Hobby Lobby keep referring to them as having high morals, in spite of the fact that they invest in the very things they’re denying their own employees,” Dave Pavelich wrote.
Pam Burch Simpson posted a link to a recent Forbes.com article outlining those investments.
“If this were really about their beliefs, why do they have in their 401K investments, holdings like this?” she asked.