Hobby Lobby Case Summary

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It is first important to understand a few facts in the case. Hobby Lobby did not deny coverage of all birth control options under its insurance plan. They agreed to cover the contraception options used by the majority of the women, the contraception which prevents fertilization of the egg. Condoms, diaphragms, withdrawal, natural family planning, and hormones causing production of eggs to stop are examples of the first type of contraceptives covered by Hobby Lobby’s insurance plan. Megan Best (2014) says, “We need to remember, then, that the Hobby Lobby case is not about all contraceptives, but only those that challenge the ethical values of those that value human life from the time of fertilization”. Hobby Lobby is a Christian based company who values the human life beginning the moment an egg is fertilized. Because of this belief, Hobby Lobby denied coverage for specific birth control options such as hormonal and copper intrauterine devices (IUD’s) and morning-after pills. Hobby Lobby believes this…show more content…
Ethical to Deny Coverage of Specific Birth control On one side, I believe it is ethically permissible the Greens and their family, as owners of their Christian based company Hobby Lobby, to deny coverage of specific birth control options which conflict with the company’s religious beliefs. The Hobby Lobby website (Hobby Lobby, 2017) setup to provide information on the Supreme Court case states, “The Greens and their family businesses respect the individual liberties of all their employees. The Greens and their family businesses have no objection to the other 16 FDA-approved contraceptives required by the law that do not interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg,” the description reads. “They provide coverage for such contraceptives under their health care plan. Additionally, the four objectionable drugs and devices are widely available and affordable, and employees are free to obtain them.” Moreover, Hobby
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