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Opinion: The Next Obamacare Trial is not about Access, it’s about Religious Freedom

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With the Supreme Court set to hear another challenge to Obamacare there stands an issue in the case that has been twisted out of context.

Many news reports and people I’ve talked to seem to think that the case Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs in the case are making is that an employer should have the ability to not allow employees access to birth control.

This could not be further from the truth.

The case these businesses are making is that with their religious stances they should be allowed to only provide the benefits that their beliefs allow.

That means that Hobby lobby does not wish to directly pay for contraception, but if an employee chooses to use the portion of their compensation that is straight cash to then purchase those items, no one would make any move to stop them.

The business cannot and is not trying to stop their employees from gaining access to contraceptives; they are asking to not be forced to purchase those items directly.

The Obama administration claims that contraceptives are vital to women’s health and that is why all businesses, regardless of views, should be forced to directly purchase these items.

Is it really worth trampling on the religious freedoms our constitution provides, just so that the woman purchasing the contraceptives doesn’t have to be the one taking action to get them?

Andrew Montalvo is a KFYO Talkshow Producer.  Let him know what you think in the comments below.

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