Hobby Lobby Ruling Pits Senate Hopefuls in Alaska
Sullivan was doing the biding of Sean Parnell, the governor of Alaska.
“With the enactment of healthcare legislation, the federal government has reached well beyond the scope of its authority — into the lives and freedom of Alaskans,” said Parnell.
“This case is ultimately about the extent to which the federal government can exert power over the states. It has critical implications for the liberty interests of all American citizens. Alaska must join this important litigation.”
The Hobby Lobby ruling applies only to closely held businesses. The U.S. Supreme Court was adamant about that. And, not all contraceptive devices are covered by the decision. It only allows closely held businesses to opt out of coverage for emergency contraceptive pills, often called “morning after” pills, Plan B (levonorgestrel) and its generic equivalents, intrauterine devices (IUDs), ParaGard (copper IUD), Mirena and Skyla (levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs).
“While it is narrow in scope, the fact that business owners’ free exercise rights have been recognized is a step in the right direction,” said Joe Miller. “The Obama administration’s chilling assault on the free exercise guaranteed in the First Amendment is outrageous, and all people of good faith, regardless of ideology, should see this as a triumph for Constitutional liberty.”
Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, running behind Dan Sullivan but ahead of Miller in the latest voter polls, is a strong supporter of the Hobby Lobby decision.
“Religious freedom won. Obama, Reid, Begich and Pelosi lost,” said Tom Intorcio, communications director for the Treadwell for Alaska campaign.
“There would have been no need for the Hobby Lobby lawsuit if the Democrats and bureaucrats had taken the time to listen to the public and consult the Constitution before issuing this radical regulation,” he told PJ Media.
But, Begich insists Alaskan women whose employers decided not to offer insurance coverage for those contraceptive devices would be hurt by the court’s decision.
He said IMS Institute on Health Care Informatics showed that last year women and families saved an average of $269 on their out-of-pocket costs on birth control. For Alaska’s working families, $40 a month for birth control can make the difference between buying a tank of gas or groceries for the week, he said.
Begich also said Hobby Lobby was using religion to challenge the birth control coverage requirement in court and they can do it only because the Supreme Court has granted corporations religious “rights” under the constitution.
“I believe people, not corporations, have a right to practice their constitutional right to freedom of religion, but not at the expense of others,” said Begich.
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