Hobby Lobby Decision Falls Short

“Why should any company be required to provide contraception to its employees?”

As I silently contemplated the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, I couldn’t help but ignore this question. If using birth control is the direct result of a personal choice, why must businesses cover it?

As rational human beings, we have a right to make decisions; those decisions, however, have consequences, and we’re responsible for bearing them. Republicans call this ‘personal responsibility.’ Unfortunately, many people believe choice is free: instead of acting like adults, we want someone else to sign the check. Forcing businesses to subsidize birth control is a simple case in point.

Let me be absolutely clear: sex is a choice. Although this is not true across the board (rape and incest being indefensible examples), individuals, by and large, freely decide whether or not to engage in such activity. This point may seem crude, but in fact it’s incredibly important.

If an individual makes a decision, he/she alone is responsible for what comes of it; neither business nor government ought to shoulder that burden. The use of birth control often follows a personal choice made freely and without coercion; in these cases, I would ask private citizens to foot the bill rather than forcing their employers to do so. That said, when contraception is medically necessary — to control endometriosis, for example — the government has every right to mandate coverage. Thus, my proposal is simple: if you don’t need birth control, pay for it yourself.

Many liberals think the Court went too far; I don’t think it went far enough. No business, regardless of religious or public/private affiliation, should be required to ‘provide’ contraceptives or sex-related medicines (i.e. Viagra) to its employees (excluding cases of medical necessity). If you choose to have sex and use birth control, go right ahead, but don’t make your employer pay for it. That’s a personal decision and should be handled on a personal level.

Some say my opinion is hateful and misogynistic. I disagree. You make the decision, you pay: if that’s not common sense, I don’t know what is.

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