Press Release: American Atheists Supports Senate Legislation to Fix Hobby Lobby Ruling

Cranford–On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014,” legislation that will restore certain types of contraceptive insurance coverage for women following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling on June 30. American Atheists fully supports this bill and advocates for fast-tracking its immediate passage.

 

“If you’re religious, I don’t care that someone else’s personal medical decisions are against your religious beliefs. That’s like being mad at someone else for eating a donut because you’re on a diet,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “If you think your god prohibits certain types of birth control, then don’t use them, but access to health services guaranteed under the law is an employee’s right, and it’s a right American Atheists defends, and a right for which we will fight.”

 

“Choosing the right form of reproductive health care is between an individual and her doctor,” Silverman said. “This is about fundamentalists abusing our secular legal system to force their personal religious values onto other people, people who do not share their beliefs, and that is exactly what our country’s founders sought to preclude when they laid out what it means to have religious freedom.”

 

The basis for the Supreme Court’s ruling was a 1993 law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was intended to prevent the government from interfering with the practice of an individual’s religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby persuaded a majority of the Supreme Court that a closely held corporation can legally hold religious beliefs and deny providing insurance coverage of all 20 forms of birth control specified in the Affordable Care Act.

 

The press release for the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 can be found here:

http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ContentRecord_id=25277c4f-00ee-45af-aded-3d03b5fec6a9

 

A summary of the bill can be found here:

http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/30554052-0f84-485a-babc-ccc04af85bb6/protect-women-s-health-from-corporate-interference-act—one-page-summary—final.pdf

 

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  • Secular Pro-Lifer

    “If you think your god prohibits certain types of birth control, then don’t use them”

    Faulty logic. That’s no different than saying : If you think your god prohibits murder, then don’t kill people (but don’t interfere with people who think murder is okay).

    Abortion is not “reproductive health care” — it’s the intentional killing of a viable human being. I oppose abortion and abortificants as “birth control” on purely secular grounds. If it’s okay to kill unborn humans because they are simply inconvenient, why not allow the mother to inspect the child right after birth and kill the baby if it doesn’t turn out okay? Abortion shouldn’t be used as a form of birth control.

    • Jane in DC

      Agree completely. I don’t understand why atheists think abortion is okay. It makes no scientific sense to kill your own offspring.

      • Cthulhu21

        It’s more of a last resort if you didn’t take birth control.
        (FYI-some animals do eat their own offspring in extreme cases so don’t tell me that it isn’t scientific)

        • Cthulu is lame

          And killing adult humans is a “last resort” if they don’t do what you want, right?

          Calling something a “last resort” doesn’t make it okay.

          • Cthulhu21

            It doesn’t really matter at this point but you’re being pretty vague about your context here. What is your context in this situation?

  • curt3900

    Birth control is legal….you cant force your beliefs on us, We are tired of being discriminated against, you think you can do anything in the name of your invisible friend. Well tell him to come and talk to me and we will talk it over….lol

  • Kayla from California

    Understand all the arguments of discrimination and all the doors for corruption. But I just keep going around in circle with this. It’s a deal of “work exchanged for capital”… If you no longer agree with the exchange, move along… But the problem is, Hobby Lobby is found in religiously dominate areas… Try to find a Hobby Lobby in Southern California, however it’s a guarantee to be found in The South. Finding employees for Good ol Hobby Lobby will never be a problem. The first time I found out how religious this corperation was was in 2007, stationed, at a Mississippi military base. I went to a hobby lobby on a Sunday morning, and when I tried opening a door and to my surprise the door was locked. A maintenance person happened to be on the inside by the door, angerly shouted the glass, “what are doing?. We’re closed! It’s Sunday!” With a creepy cult, bah humbug, condescending authoritative patriarchal manner. I don’t know quite how else to explain the experience. I was really embarrassed and rushed to my car and went on my way. I’ll never forget that though, it was just one of those little moment memories that stick like yesterday. I was Christian back then but did my studies from home because it was hard to find a free spirited hippie vibe church in Mississippi and I actually forgot it was Sunday. I bought my cross stitch thread online from then on…. I’m back in California now, and I enjoy Joanne’s craft store. And I lived happily ever after. The End 🙂

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