Hobby Lobby: We Don’t Want to Cover the Morning-After Pill for Our Employees

The evangelical Christian owner of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain says he doesn’t want his employees’ health insurance to cover certain kinds of birth control because… I guess he figures they can just make their own using the store’s products?

CEO David Green and his family actually filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) yesterday against the government to get out of paying for comprehensive health insurance:

The [health care] Mandate illegally and unconstitutionally coerces the Green family to violate their deeply-held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties, and lawsuits. The Mandate also forces the Green family to facilitate government-dictated speech incompatible with their own speech and religious beliefs. Having to pay fines for the privilege of practicing one’s religion or controlling one’s own speech is alien to our American traditions of individual liberty, religious tolerance, and limited government…

The lawsuit later says the family doesn’t oppose all forms of birth control — only the abortion-causing ones. Like the morning-after pill. Which doesn’t cause abortions.

Keep in mind this isn’t a church. This is a company with over 13,000 employees, many of whom presumably don’t have the same religious beliefs as the owners. (It’s not like they have to sign a statement of faith to work there.) But that doesn’t matter to the Green family. Because they obviously know what’s best for all the women they employ.

For a company that claims in the lawsuit to care so much about their employees, it’s apparent that letting them live their own lives as they see fit is not a value the Greens hold in high esteem.

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