As the fallout from the Supreme Court’s disastrous Hobby Lobby decision continues to spread, more and more organizations are claiming exemptions based on their beliefs. Wheaton College isn’t just claiming exemption from covering contraceptives, but is demanding they shouldn’t even have to fill out the forms.
Thanks to the Obama administration, religious organizations like Wheaton College already don’t have to pay for birth control coverage for their employees. The organization just needs to fill out Form 700, redistributing the cost to their insurers and third-party administrators.
Of course the evangelical college objects to this as well, and already has a case waiting for the Supreme Court. In the meantime, though, the Court has decreed that Wheaton doesn’t even have to fill out the paperwork and can just send a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and that the letter should be sufficient to allow the women covered to receive emergency contraceptives without cost.
Justice Sotomeyer, along with Justices Ginsberg and Kagan, wrote a 16-page dissent, saying she “strongly disagreed” with the ruling, calling it unnecessary.
“I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely believes that signing the self-certification form is contrary to its religious beliefs. But thinking one’s religious beliefs are substantially burdened — no matter how sincere or genuine that belief may be — does not make it so.”
The Hobby Lobby judicial debacle continues. Wheaton College isn’t so much concerned with having to pay for contraceptives, what they are actually worried about is just women taking them at all. What those supporting these organizations claiming “religious freedom” don’t seem to understand is that religious freedom doesn’t mean pushing your religious ideologies on others. In fact it’s sort of the exact opposite idea. But more than likely all much of the Religious Right is really concerned about is stripping women of their rights and their ability to control their own bodies.