Critics of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Obamacare contraceptive mandate must include exemptions for business owners whose religion does not permit them to purchase birth control pills and possible abortifacients are howling with indignation. Women are going to be prevented from having access to birth control! The ruling will result in more unwanted pregnancies and thus more abortions!
But the ruling itself simply makes the remedy already given to churches and religious organizations available to religious individuals who own businesses. Those who claim the religious exemption will not have to pay for contraceptive coverage in the insurance plans they make available to their employees. But the insurance companies will have to provide a separate policy that does so at no extra charge to the employees. Thus, as the court said, all women will still get free birth control. Even the employees of Hobby Lobby. [Read more...]