For some reason, I just can’t get worked up about the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that Hobby Lobby and similarly “closely-held” companies cannot be required to pay for contraception coverage for their employees (see HERE).
This isn’t the ruling I had hoped for, but neither does it strike me as evidence that the sky is falling on women’s rights.
Will the ruling make it unduly difficult for women to obtain contraceptives? No.
Does the ruling open the door to other mischievous cases in which businesses invoke their so-called religious rights at the expense of their employees’ rights? Perhaps, but I’ll worry about those matters when they arise.
Does this ruling affect big companies? No, not if their stock is publicly traded.
Will public reaction to this ruling politically benefit conservatives more than liberals? I doubt it. It might turn out that the opposite is the case, especially if liberals can effectively make the argument that the court’s decision has emboldened right-wing Republicans to further undermine the rights of women.