Deeply disappointed…

I am disappointed today…disappointed that in the United States we seem to be traveling further down a road that leads backward.

I understand concerns about being forced to do something that goes against your religious beliefs–but I don’t think the Hobby Lobby case is a good example.

Hobby Lobby says that because of the owners’ religious beliefs, they should not have to offer some options for women’s contraception because they may cause spontaneous abortions. Okay…

But…

If they are so strongly opposed to that, then why do they purchase so many of their products from a country that is noted for forced abortions?

Where is there concern about other human rights…including the right to a living wage? to safe working conditions?

Why is there no concern about covering Viagra for men?

I hear some commentators (granted, mostly ones who are on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me) raising concerns about possible Sharia law being enforced in the United States…despite the Constitution’s separation of church and state…and yet so many decisions being made seem to be forcing us to a very fundamentalist version of Christian law–a version that does not agree with my understanding of Christianity.

Where are concerns about helping women have healthier babies if they are in financial trouble? Why the severe cuts to programs that help women and children–many in working families who do not make enough to meet basic needs?

What about those women who use some of the birth control options for reasons other than contraception? (And yes, there are other issues those hormones can help with.)

Now that this precedent has been set, what’s the next issue that will be raised? What medical process/medication/surgery will some company object to because of the owner’s religious beliefs? What about the rights of the employees to have medical coverage for their needs if they do not agree with the owner’s beliefs? Where will it all end?

I do not want to return to the 1950s (or earlier).

I want us to be willing to have honest–and sometimes difficult–conversations about how to help each other…how to acknowledge each others’ medical/social/religious understandings and find ways to work together. I want us to recognize that we are a diverse society. I think today’s decision has moved us away from that conversation–and I am disappointed.

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