Hobby Lobby: Decision erodes workers' religious liberty

07/01/2014 11:07 AM

07/03/2014 3:16 AM

Re "Birth Control exemption upheld" (Page A1, July 1): The US Supreme Court justices have determined that the religious rights of corporations trump those of their workers in their decision in favor of Hobby Lobby's refusal to abide by the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate provisions. Now millions of women workers and women dependents of working men will not have access to contraceptives appropriate to their medical profile, at no added cost.

Effective contraception is key to the health and economic security of women and their families. Moreover, workers should never be forced to adhere to the religious views of their employers to their own detriment. This decision erodes a workers religious liberty.

The Court has opened the floodgates to corporations that may chose to ignore federal protections for workers based on the religious beliefs of upper management. The National Council of Jewish Women pledges to do all that it can to reverse this dangerous precedent

-- Claire Lipschultz, Esq., National Council of Jewish Women, Carmichael

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