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Justices have ruled, but many questions remain

The Hobby Lobby decision raises interesting questions.

Will there now be review boards to determine the legitimacy of a business owner’s religious belief claim, as with those who examined claims of conscientious objector status when we had a draft? Can companies owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to cover blood transfusions? Can Christian Scientist-owned companies refuse to cover a range of medical treatment? Time will tell whether this is just another business matter, or truly a matter of conscience, as the Supreme Court apparently thinks.

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If a couple cannot afford birth control, they obviously cannot afford the long-term cost of a child. Can we expect to see those family business owners, who have such a profound belief in insuring what would be unfeasible and avoidable pregnancies, among others, step forward to pick up the slack?

James Blakey


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