Why? Many Catholics, Christians, and Jews already use birth control.
It was not that long ago that all insurance plans excluded all forms of birth control. It was a personal choice and not medically necessary. With changes brought about by Planned Parenthood (see article from Dec. 2012) and the intrusion of federal government into citizens' personal lives, irresponsible behavior has been sanctioned for several generations under the guise of the inability of underprivileged people to contribute as does the rest of society. This is patently untrue. The 'underprivileged' are being kept slaves to the federal government by requirements, including not having bank accounts and saving money, in order to receive assistance. Taxpayers have been forced to fund this great deception, and the result is a society with an increasing percentage of people capable of working, but who feel it is their due to be provided for by those who do work.
It is in this light that I reprint this letter of explanation from the family-owned Hobby Lobby. Here is a business run the way I recall all businesses being run when I was young. They are Christian. While I disagree that their principles are 'Christian principles', but originate in the Commandments given by God to the Israelites during the Exodus from Egypt, and the fact that Sunday is the prescribed day of rest (Sabbath), I stand behind the fact that once conceived, a 'fetus' is a human being. I reiterate: if a person who murders a pregnant woman is charged with two murders, then the fetus is just as human as the mother - at all times.
Hobby Lobby has prospered under their faithful principles and so have their employees! Under Obamacare, it might be better for them, and other organizations like them, to close their doors rather than serve man rather than God?
"We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.
But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit."
May God bless them in their efforts to remain faithful!