Justice Ginsburg: Providing Contraception for Others is an “Obligation that Citizens Have”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was of course one of the dissenting opinions in the recent Hobby Lobby case. She was interviewed by Katie Couric about the court case and about citizens’ and businesses’ “responsibilities” with regards to what they should be required to cover. According to Ginsburg, we have an obligation to provide others with contraception. Here’s CNS News:

“Some people say there’s something troubling about mandating a private company though, to do something that is against their deeply held religious beliefs. What would you say to those people?” Couric asked Ginsburg…

“When you’re part of a society, you can’t separate yourself from the obligations that citizens have,” the justice replied.


“Your 35-page dissent has been described as blistering and scathing,” Couric noted to Ginsburg. “Why did you find this decision so disturbing?”

“The decision that an employer could refuse to cover contraceptives meant that women would have to take care of that for themselves or the men who cared,” Ginsburg replied. “Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to to control her own destiny,” she added.

“I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners. On the other hand, they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women who work for them who don’t share that belief. I had never seen the free exercise of religion clause interpreted in such a way.”

Since when are contraceptives a “God-given right?” Is there anywhere in our founding documents that even hints at such a thing being an unalienable right?

No one is forcing anyone to work for Hobby Lobby. It’s perfectly voluntary. If you don’t like that Hobby Lobby’s insurance won’t cover copay-free abortifacient drugs, then find somewhere else to work.

Ginsburg says she respects Hobby Lobby’s beliefs, but that they can’t “foist” that belief on all the women who work for them. So, her solution would be to “foist” her belief on Hobby Lobby. Why is it that her opinion is the one that deserves to be foisted on everyone else?

And not only that, no one is prohibiting anyone from buying contraceptives. Yes, even the abortifacient drugs. Hobby Lobby is not prohibiting its female employees from obtaining any kind of contraceptive they want. Their insurance even provides for most of them. Ginsburg and the others just want these things, including abortifacients, to be handed out for “free.”