Letters: Court decision on birth control

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

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Contrary to a recent letter writer's words, I do not agree that a woman's access to abortion-causing drugs is a "basic health need" ["Boss picks birth control?" July 13]. There are at least l6 pregnancy preventives that do not cause early abortions. Isn't that enough?

I agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision because no one should be forced to contribute toward another's use of something he or she considers morally wrong. I'm a pro-lifer, and I believe that a government has no right to command anyone's conscience.

Maria Bruckner, Malverne
 

Two letter writers put forth false representations of what was decided in the Hobby Lobby case. No company is taking away options of birth control available to women. Every woman can decide for herself what method she wants to use. The ruling pertained to four of 20 methods. The four are all methods that terminate a fertilized egg, which many believe is equivalent to destroying a viable human life. The methods are all still available or, if you don't want to pay for it yourself, at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Problem solved.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which was intended to prevent laws burdening a person's free exercise of religion, was sponsored by two Democrats. It was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is not a product of a Republican "war on women." Enough with the fictional war manufactured by the left. Conservatives have mothers, and many have wives and daughters. We don't hate women.

Don Karlsen, Farmingdale

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