Professor Lance Tibbles
’ letter-to-the-editor about the recent Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court case was printed in the “web only” letters-to-the-editor in the Thursday July 10th edition of the Columbus Dispatch. Professor Tibbles’ three major points were:
1. The case is not a First Amendment case. The Supreme Court was interpreting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said for the first time that a for-profit corporation can invoke the statute’s religious protections.
2.The case is not about abortion. The contraceptive drugs and devices at issue either prevent fertilization or, perhaps, prevent implantation of a fertilized egg – both of which prevent pregnancy from occurring. However, an abortion is the termination of an existing pregnancy.
3. The case is not about an employer providing its funds to pay its employees’ health insurance. When employers pay health insurance premiums for their employees, it is part of their pay package – the price of labor. The cost of that benefit is recovered from the employees by reducing their take-home pay.