Yesterday’s momentous decision by the nation’s highest court to exempt for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby from federally mandated contraception coverage is yet another reminder that the US government and even our own society does not have women’s backs. Whether citizens want to admit it or not, this verdict does contribute to the culture wars of our generation. The muddled mess of conflicting women’s rights, business ethics, and the freedom of religion all entangle each other to form the Hobby Lobby ruling. “Slate” reminds us just what is at stake:

 

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says that the federal government may not put substantial burdens on religious exercise. The Affordable Care Act, as implemented by some federal regulations, required Hobby Lobby to include contraception in its employee health insurance plan. Hobby Lobby covered most forms of contraception, but not four that it believed amounted to abortion, which violates the religious beliefs of Hobby Lobby’s owners.

 

Even so, four contraceptives should not have raised so much concern around what rights women have to contraceptives in the first place. Moreover, we find it interesting that a corporation like Hobby Lobby would condemn women for using contraceptives given that most of the goods Hobby Lobby purchases for resale in their stores are produced in China — a country dedicated to aborting children that are not males.

 

The SCOTUS ruling pertains partly to the Plan B pill, which sparks a debate in itself, but the the ethics of this decision surrounding the business owner/employee relationship causes the most concern in this situation. The curriculum choices for business school provide individuals with basic fundamental elements of successful, socially-minded business owners; the first being to fulfill the needs of consumers, and the second being to treat employees like family. Therefore, the key takeaway? Take care of your employees! Hobby Lobby and the 70 other organizations desperately hoping not to pay for contraception medications have just illustrated that they would rather be the type of family that abstains from loving you unconditionally in order to judge you for the personal choices you make in life.

 

Although a perfect business school world may not translate clearly to the actual work place, but hell, it should start to try. If you have ever been inside Hobby Lobby, you will see that there are more  women employees and customers; what does this say about the business’ respect for its main supporters? That it would kick these women’s rights to the curb in lieu of paying up, that’s what.

 

If for-profit entities can deny contraception coverage because of religious reasons, what’s the risk to other types of services such as vaccines being denied because the business owner feels it burdens their religious exercises? “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” Why yes, Justice Ginsburg, it has.

 

What are your thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case hearing? What will this mean for countless employees in terms of the income wage gap? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro