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There are a few things that you missed in the editorial, "Dangerous ruling risks women's rights," (July 1), on the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case,
First, Hobby Lobby has provided birth control coverage to employees in the past. The type of coverage that was opposed by the company was the so called "Plan B" birth control substances. The Plan B pill is used to abort a fertilized ovum. This is the method the lawsuit argued against.
Second, the bill passed by Congress did not specify any particular method of birth control. The problem arose when then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius decided to include all birth control methods in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). She included 20 different methods in her directive. Four of these twenty are a type of "Plan B" birth control.
Third, the court ruling applies only in "...closely held corporations," in which a family owns 50 percent of the stock.
Fourth, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cited was passed by member of both political parties and signed into law in 1994 by President Clinton, hardly a far-right conservative.
Fifth, the reproductive rights of women have not been taken away, nor will they be by this ruling.