Betsy McCaughey

That’s why a federal appeals court ruled against Obama and for David Green and his wife, the owners of Hobby Lobby craft stores and its Mardel Christian book store. They try to run their businesses according to Biblical principles. They close on Sunday, forego hauling beer even when their trucks have to run empty, and refuse to provide morning after pills.

After the lower court ruled for the Greens, the New York Times called the court’s decision “a warped view” because “some employers can get out of complying with the new law…”

Not with the law. With the Obama administration’s regulation.

The Obama administration’s take-no-prisoners stance against the Greens and other religious employers is part of a political strategy to convince the public that the Democratic Party is the champion of victimized women. Gender equality is Obama’s hobby horse for the 2014 elections. Obama gave us a preview during his State of the Union address last Tuesday, cynically boasting that Obamacare bars insurers from charging women higher premiums than men.

Cynical, because women consume more healthcare. How horrible was it to charge them more? Prohibiting that simply shifts the costs onto men.

The Democrats’ legal briefs argue that women generally have higher out of pocket health costs than men because of the cost of birth control. They say that’s unfair, and their remedy is to compel employers to provide “free” birth control, no matter what the harm to an employer’s religious freedom.

$35 for a “free” morning after pill v. respecting religious freedom. Expect the Supremes to rule that religious freedom is worth more than that.

Betsy McCaughey

Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D, is a former Lt. Governor of New York State and author of Beating Obamacare