For all the screaming that the Hobby Lobby decision is the WORST THING EVER it seems to me that there are a few things to keep in mind.
Firstly, this column from Megan McArdle calmly addresses some of the issues.
Secondly, the decision both reaffirms and yes expands portions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993…a law which was unanimously passed by the House and passed the Senate by a vote of 97-3
Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Bennett (R-UT) Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM) Bond (R-MO) Boren (D-OK) Boxer (D-CA)
Bradley (D-NJ) Breaux (D-LA) Brown (R-CO) Bryan (D-NV)
Bumpers (D-AR) Burns (R-MT) Campbell (D-CO) Chafee (R-RI)
Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Cohen (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND)
Coverdell (R-GA) Craig (R-ID) D’Amato (R-NY) Danforth (R-MO)
Daschle (D-SD) DeConcini (D-AZ) Dodd (D-CT) Dole (R-KS)
Domenici (R-NM) Dorgan (D-ND) Durenberger (R-MN) Exon (D-NE)
Faircloth (R-NC) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Ford (D-KY)
Glenn (D-OH) Gorton (R-WA) Graham (D-FL) Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT)
Hatfield (R-OR) Heflin (D-AL) Hollings (D-SC) Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI) Jeffords (R-VT) Johnston (D-LA) Kassebaum (R-KS)
Kempthorne (R-ID) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerrey (D-NE) Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT) Lott (R-MS) Lugar (R-IN) Mack (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Metzenbaum (D-OH) Mikulski (D-MD)
Mitchell (D-ME) Moseley-Braun (D-IL) Moynihan (D-NY) Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA) Nickles (R-OK) Nunn (D-GA) Packwood (R-OR)
Pell (D-RI) Pressler (R-SD) Pryor (D-AR) Reid (D-NV)
Riegle (D-MI) Robb (D-VA) Rockefeller (D-WV) Roth (R-DE)
Sarbanes (D-MD) Sasser (D-TN) Shelby (D-AL) Simon (D-IL)
Simpson (R-WY) Smith (R-NH) Specter (R-PA) Stevens (R-AK)
Thurmond (R-SC) Wallop (R-WY) Warner (R-VA) Wellstone (D-MN)
Look at the bolded names who were very much in favor of this back then…does Harry Reid now agree with Jesse Helms?
And actually the depressing thing, really, is how many of those 100 names are still sitting there…
And there’s this to keep in mind
Actually, the case doesn’t involve Hobby Lobby’s position on what its employees do. The case hinges on what Hobby Lobby has to provide to its employees as part of regulation from HHS. As Kessler points out, Hobby Lobby covers 16 of the 20 required contraception methods, but objects to four abortifacients. Hobby Lobby has never taken the position that its employees should not use contraception; in fact, as their attorney said shortly after their victory at the Supreme Court, they’d really prefer not to be part of that decision at all.
Oh, and it seems to me worth pointing out that male contraception, i.e. condoms and vasectomies, are not covered at all by Obamacare.
Because, you know, “equal rights.”