The claim by liberals that the Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby" ruling is just more of the right's "war on women" is patently ridiculous, says the Rev. Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.
"It's absurd to say this is an attack on women,'' Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"It's the politicization of the [issue]. They want to use this going into the elections.''
The Court ruled business owners with religious objections to birth control do not have to provide workers with insurance coverage for contraceptives such as morning-after pills and IUDs, which they feel are equivalent to abortion.
Such coverage had been required under the new healthcare law.
Sirico said the court merely solidified the U.S. Constitution's declaration that government "will make no law with regard to religion or the free exercise thereof.''
"How much clearer does it have to be that these people — the Green family who owns Hobby Lobby — simply see this as a violation of their conscience,'' Sirico said.
"They provide all contraception for their employees. It's just these four … contraceptives which are really not contraceptives.
"They prevent the implantation of the fetus and that is really what it's about: whether or not they have the right not to provide something that violates their conscience.''
Sirico added that even people who have no stake on the subject of abortion are seeing Hobby Lobby's side.
"[They] are saying, 'well you know people should have the right to do what they want with their money, with their corporations and if we don't like it, either we don't work for them or we don't buy their goods and services,''' he said.
"Did you know that Hobby Lobby pays above the minimum wage? You don't hear anybody talking about that."
The Michigan-based Acton Institute, which was founded by Sirico, is a non-profit research group "dedicated to the study of free-market economics informed by religious faith and moral absolutes.''
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