I just read this off of my Yahoo search engine and it is from "The Week" which I think is legitimate. If I am reading this correctly, it seems to me that the Catholic Church in the USA has won the battle of not having to provide any artificial birth control or abortifacients to those who work for our institutions. Am I interpreting this in a wrong way?
Hobby Lobby Redux 8:05am ET, Friday, July 4th, 2014, Independence Day!
Didn't like the Hobby Lobby decision? You're going to hate the Supreme Court's follow-up.(My comment: I didn't know there was a follow-up, did you?)
The latest ruling allows Wheaton College to skirt ObamaCare's contraceptive provisions as long as the evangelical school informs the government of its religious objections to providing its staff and students with any type of birth control. Previously, the government required a non-profit with religious objections to sign a form handing over responsibility of providing contraceptive coverage to its insurer or health care plan administrator — now, presumably, the government would handle the hand off. (My comment: Doesn't this automatically have implications for the Catholic Church? Why isn't this big news--of course it was just last night, unless this report is a hoax!)
Saying the decision "undermines confidence in this institution," Justice Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent, accusing the court of backtracking key elements of its Hobby Lobby decision. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Sotomayor wrote. "Not so today."
She said the ruling set up unworkable regulations that risked "depriving hundreds of Wheaton's employees and students of their legal entitlement to contraceptive coverage" and allowed "hundreds or thousands of other objectors" a similar way out.
She was joined in her dissent by the court's two other female justices. In fact, the decision broke down completely across gender lines — the court's male justices comprised the majority opinion — suggesting that the court's battle over religious freedom and reproductive rights is only going to get more contentious.