Kristan Hawkins

Tuning into coverage of last week’s Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate Supreme Court decision would have generated countless photos and videos of young women cheering the Court’s decision that gave Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies the right to refuse to purchase life-ending drugs that they held were morally reprehensible.

Again, the people cheering the decision at the front of the Court were women - young women. I was among them. My face was plastered on newspapers across the country because I was thrilled, as a woman, wife, mother, and member of the Millennial generation, to say that I agree that religious freedom is so inherent in our nation that no bossy bureaucrats should be able to tell me that giving me free birth control makes me equal to men and brings my healthcare decisions out of the dark ages.

Women, especially those in my generation who are graduating college at higher rates than their male counterparts, are smarter than that. How dare the government tell me that my fertility is a disease and should be part of “preventative” medicine? How dare they infer that I demand free birth control and access to abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization regardless of what my employer, who is generous enough to provide health insurance, may believe?

The hysteria from the liberals has been laughable. “[The] Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America’s women,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Actress Lena Dunham tweeted: “Women's access to birth control should not be denied because of their employer's religious beliefs.” At least try to get the facts straight ladies. No one is denying women birth control. In fact, Hobby Lobby already covered multiple forms of birth control. They were protesting being forced to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.

We just celebrated the anniversary of our nation’s freedom, of which the foundation rests upon religious freedom. If we don’t have the right to freely exercise our faith outside of the walls of our worship space, then we have nothing. This is so much deeper and more profound than a fight over birth control. It’s about our very foundational freedoms and the fact that it has been reduced to a supposed “war on women” is disconcerting.


Kristan Hawkins

Kristan Hawkins is the President of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization with over 700 groups nationwide. She is author of the new book “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.”