Hobby Lobby’s legal battle against the abortion/contraceptive mandate received a boost Friday (March 29) when the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the company’s case.
Such “en banc” hearings are relatively rare.
In November a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must cover the drugs in its employee health insurance plans, and in December a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit refused to step in and prevent Hobby Lobby from being impacted by the mandate.
I wish more attention were being drawn to this issue. Millions of people lined up at Chick-fil-A back in August to support a Christian business owner’s right to free speech, but the plight of Hobby Lobby and other businesses fighting mandated health care – including chemical abortion – have garnered less support.
The new health care mandates that took effect Jan. 1 require employers to provide access to birth control, including emergency contraception. Plan B is just one such method which causes a medically induced (or chemical) abortion. Beginning on the first day of January, Hobby Lobby was facing a fine of up to $1.5 million per day – one and a half million dollars per day – for refusing to provide abortion coverage to its employees. The new new loop hole buys them some time as the court battle continues. Continue reading →
I didn’t watch the evening news the day the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare. I held my tongue as every single person on Facebook suddenly became a constitutional scholar. I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to have to share how I really feel before a vein pops or something. Here comes my 2 cents worth.
Allow me to put on my history teacher hat. When our present system of federal government was designed by the framers of the Constitution in 1787, they were still trying to settle the representation issue. Under the Articles of Confederation (a smaller government with fewer taxes that failed miserably) each state got one vote. There were 13 states and any measure required a 2/3 majority vote. There was only one branch of government, Congress, and even if they could pass something there was no executive to carry it out. Without the power to tax, the brand new American government was already in debt from fighting the Revolutionary War and had no means of income whatsoever. Continue reading →