Health

Hobby Lobby Doesn't Want Doctors Educating or Counseling Employees About Birth Control

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This week, attorneys for Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation, argued their case against the contraception mandate in the Affordae Care Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby's owners, the Green family, contend that providing emergency contraception pills and IUDs for employees under the ACA violates the corporation's religious rights because these types of medications and devices cause abortions (which has been debunked by the medical community, noted MediaMatters.org).

While the Becket Fund, the law group defending Hobby Lobby, insists this is a case about the First Amendment right of freedom of religion, what has not been publicized is Hobby Lobby's intention to limit the free speech of doctors and medical personnel.

According to News OK, the Hobby Lobby lawsuit states in part, "The administrative rule at issue in this case runs roughshod over the Green family's religious beliefs, and the beliefs of millions of other Americans, by forcing them to provide health insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices, as well as related education and counseling.”

ThinkProgress.org notes that if Hobby Lobby wins it's case, the corporation will be able to ban "related education and counseling" about the contraceptives that the Green family doesn't like.

"They’ll win the right to refuse to extend coverage for doctor’s visits that include discussion about certain forms of contraception," stated ThinkProgress.org.

Also, if Hobby Lobby wins its case, Newsweek reports, that victory "could give employers an unprecedented right to deny coverage of specific medical treatments to which their employees are legally entitled -- mental health services, blood transfusions, cancer treatments, and more --  based on their personal beliefs, no matter how dangerously misguided those beliefs are."

Sources: ThinkProgress.org, News OK, Newsweek, MediaMatters.org

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