Supreme Court May Ok Forcing Your Religion on Others
Should some people be allowed to force their religion on less powerful people?
That might happen if the Supreme Court rules against the government in the Zubik v. Burwell contraception case.
Employer health plans must provide free contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Religions that forbid birth control are exempt. But now some seek to expand the exemption, insisting that the consciences of religiously-affiliated organizations are unduly stressed by a back door offered to them: they must notify their insurer or the government of refusal to comply, and the government will provide the contraception.
Really? Such notification overly burdens an organization’s conscience?
What about the religious rights of women employees? Perhaps contraception is not against their religion. Why must they be forced to adhere to the dictates of their employer’s conscience?
Should an organization’s rights trump the religious rights of individuals?
Where there is a conflict between the religious rights of an organization and an employee, the person whose body and well-being is most at stake should win out.
And besides, shouldn’t we sacrifice for our own faith instead of asking others to sacrifice for our religion?
Look beneath the covers and this is really a question of allowing some people to force their religion on others. And in a way that disempowers by giving women less control over their bodies, health, lives, livelihood and independence.
Posted on March 25, 2016, in feminism, reproductive rights, sexism, women and tagged contraception, feminism, religious liberty, reproductive rights, sexism, Supreme Court, women, Zubik v. Burwell. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.