I learned a long time ago to be careful what you wish for. When the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could use its religion to violate parts of a federal law, anyone with half a brain knew that the floodgates had just been opened.
Because that ruling wasn’t just about Hobby Lobby being given the right to deny four different types of birth control to their employees, it essentially established the precedent for people or businesses to use their religion to try to get their own way and ignore federal laws.
Similar to how a woman in Florida is suing a health clinic for religious discrimination because she admitted during her interview that she wouldn’t prescribe birth control to patients because it was against her religion.
Well, in a very interesting take on this whole situation, The Satanic Temple is urging women to print out a letter they’ve drafted to present to their physicians that exempts them from having to comply with several of the anti-choice laws that have been passed in many states around the country.
They’re calling this push, “The Right to Accurate Medical Information.”
Many states have anti-choice laws that require things like women to have a sonogram performed, or basically be subjected to conservative “pro-life” propaganda, before having an abortion.
And I’m not sure how these women could be denied their right to bypass these laws. Even going beyond the argument The Satanic Temple is using, couldn’t a woman simply say that it’s against her religion to comply with these anti-abortion laws?
That’s essentially what Hobby Lobby’s argument was in their case. That providing certain types of birth control violated their religious rights.
I’m not sure how you can justify allowing that argument for one person, business or group but deny it for another.
But this is just the beginning. It’s going to get worse, and far more ridiculous. And this is exactly what people said would happen when the Supreme Court issued their ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. Individuals, groups or businesses using religion to justify violating laws that they deem to be “against their beliefs.”
Though it’s going to be interesting to see how this move by The Satanic Temple plays out, because I want to see how a court would justify forcing a woman to abide by these anti-choice laws even when she rightfully claims they’re against her beliefs.