Spinning the Hobby Lobby Yarn: What Politicians and Pundits Are Saying About Today's SCOTUS Decision

The Supreme Court's decision on the much-debated Hobby Lobby case — ruling in favor of a business's right to "religious freedom" over its responsibility to provide birth control to its employees — will play out for months to come (most of which the Supreme Court will be on vacation). In light of today's ruling, many people are speaking out on the possible ramifications of the decision, from politicians to pundits.

Via the Associated Press:

The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court's decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women should make personal health decisions for themselves.

Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision.

From Politico:

The decision could open the door to other closely held corporations seeking to withhold coverage for other medical procedures at odds with firm religious beliefs. It marks the first time that the Supreme Court has allowed companies the ability to declare a religious belief — a decision that could reverberate far past the Affordable Care Act to other laws and issues.

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"Today’s decision jeopardizes women’s access to essential health care. Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors. This ruling ignores the scientific evidence showing that the health security of millions of American women is strengthened by access to these crucial services," Reid said in a statement. "If the Supreme Court will not protect women’s access to health care, then Democrats will. We will continue to fight to preserve women’s access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's blistering dissent, via Mother Jones

Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community...It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage...The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.

Slate's look at the possibility of a bright side to the day's dark cloud:

"[Hobby Lobby] won at the price of portraying the Christian right as little more than a movement of sex-obsessed busybodies."

And, finally, good ol' Hobby Lobby itself:

Today the Supreme Court has granted a landmark victory for religious liberty, ruling that individuals do not lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. Today was a huge win for religious freedom. Thank you to those who have supported Hobby Lobby and the Green Family throughout this case.

 

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