Recent column further divides us

newsroom@islandpacket.comJuly 3, 2014 

Wednesday's opinion piece by Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times again reveals our nation's seeming inability to represent each other's views accurately. While liberals are understandably upset with the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the contention that this case was about Hobby Lobby wanting to "stick" you and me with the bill for "employees' legitimate health needs," as Hiltzik contends, is disingenuous at best.

The Green family is not seeking to prevent women from getting contraception. Their plans already cover 16 of the twenty FDA-approved methods of contraception. Their objections center around being coerced through the Affordable Health Care Act mandate to pay for four FDA-approved forms of "birth control" that are either specifically designed to induce chemical abortion or can cause abortions.

This is not a corporation telling women they can't have birth control or even an abortion. This is an ideological moral battle between opposing viewpoints. This is about the government forcing a family-owned business to violate their conscience by participating in an abortion. The Supreme Court based their decision on the government's ability to provide for this coverage without forcing the Greens to violate their beliefs, which actually can be "objectively verified." If a woman feels like she needs this coverage, she can obtain it.

Charlotte Cushman

Port Royal

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