If you have wifi and a pulse you know that the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Burwell v Hobby Lobby that businesses have a right not to cover things that conflict with their religious beliefs. I’ve generally tried to avoid talking politics on my blog, but I’d be remiss in my duties as a red blooded American if I didn’t use this platform to express my opinion on the matter when I see so much misinformation being spread. I’m also sorry that I couldn’t include gifs, but I didn’t want to wait until I was on my laptop to publish this.
I’m a 20 year old woman, and I would love to work for a company that covered contraception. But in no way, shape or form does a company refusing to cover birth control infringe on my personal rights or liberties. In what world does not paying for something mean stripping someone of their rights? By that logic, a company that doesn’t give you a car is infringing on your right to drive and a company that doesn’t give you a complementary AK-47 is violating your 2nd Amendment rights. And what’s even crazier about this situation is that Hobby Lobby covered 16 out of the 20 available birth controls, but because they didn’t cover the four abortive types, the bodily autonomy of American women is under siege. My mind has been blown at the ways people have managed to convolute this case into an attack on women’s rights, when all it is doing is preserving the rights of businesses and business owners.
I understand that accidents happen, and some companies will cover certain accidents that others don’t, but that’s absolutely at their discretion. While I appreciate that we live in a world with more and more luxuries than employees of the past could ever imagine, at the end of the day, your labor is the only thing you are entitled to compensation for.
I don’t know what’s more ludicrous; the fact that people can chant that “the bedroom is not their boss’s business” as they advocate for the government forcing their bosses to pay for what goes on in their bedrooms, or that people have tried to accuse the Supreme Court of validating bigotry and call this a “slippery slope into Sharia Law.” Earlier today, I saw a CNN anchor ask, “What’s next, not hiring gays because it conflicts with their religious beliefs?”
No, that’s not what’s next. What’s next is preserving the liberties and freedoms of all Americans whether or not it fits your agenda. What’s next is realizing that privileges should never come at the costs or the rights of others. What’s next is being an adult and not throwing a temper tantrum because the company you work for is not a trust fund that you can withdraw from at your slightest whim.