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Letter: If Hobby Lobby gets ACA exception, effect would be limited
First Published Mar 29 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 29 2014 01:01 am

As I read the opinion "Hobby Lobby win a win for discrimination," in the Tribune March 23, it seemed that the authors were engaging in hyperbole more than offering honest opinions.

A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would not "undermine reproductive rights and anti-discrimination laws"; it would simply affect the way contraceptives are paid for. Hobby Lobby employees (and employees everywhere) would still have access to all FDA-approved birth control, to be used as they wish. They will not be able to do this without paying for them, however.

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A favorable ruling will not "exclude preventive health care services for women" while continuing to provide them for men, as stated. Pap smears, mammograms and a variety of other preventive health care services will not be affected at all. Again, all contraceptives will be available, but not as an insurance benefit.

David Green and many others object to funding others’ contraceptives. These objections do not come from a desire to "pick and choose which laws they obey." Realistically, a ruling for Hobby Lobby would likely have limited, if any, impact on most women’s health care costs. However, for the Greens, and for others with religious objections to the ACA, it is a very big deal indeed.

Duane J. Harris

South Jordan




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