December 10, 2013
In the notorious 2010 Citizens United case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations are “persons” who are entitled to “free speech” — meaning they can give corporate money for political campaign ads (mostly for Republicans).
Now the high court has agreed to decide whether corporations have “freedom of religion” — meaning that a churchly owner can prevent his women employees from obtaining birth control through company-provided insurance, if his faith says birth control is evil.
Wait a minute. Why does only the corporate president have freedom of religion? Why don’t his women employees enjoy the same freedom? Generally, most women want birth control — and we doubt that they want their boss to obstruct them.
This Supreme Court showdown is another battle over the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all American women who want it may obtain birth control at no cost.
We hope justices rule that women employees have a choice in this matter. The decision shouldn’t be made solely by their employer.
— Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette