New allegations that Hobby Lobby fired a pregnant employee are catapulting the controversial chain into national headlines again. RH Reality Check (RHRC) reported yesterday that a supervisor at the store’s Flowood, Miss., branch terminated Felicia Allen after she sought maternity leave.
Some commentators continue to insist that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was no big deal. It’s a narrow ruling, they insist, and there are other ways to ensure that women can get access to birth control.
Citing “unforeseen delays,” the Green Scholars Initiative has announced that a potentially unconstitutional Bible class will not be introduced in Mustang, Okla., public schools as planned this fall, and will instead delay the class until next January. The Green Scholars Initiative designed the class and is directly funded by the Green family, the owners of Hobby Lobby.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its support for federal legislation designed to restore working women’s access to contraceptives, a right placed in jeopardy by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Some early reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case suggested that the ruling is too narrow to cause much real harm. But given that the high court just said corporations are people with religious freedom rights, and those rights are more important than women’s health, it seems the decision is a likely Pandora’s Box.
American writer Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel An American Tragedy deals with the story of a socially ambitious young man who, dismayed because he has impregnated his working-class girlfriend, engineers her death.
The book was banned in some cities – but not because of its depiction of murder. Rather, conservative religious leaders feared that a plot hinging on an unwanted pregnancy would spur young people to get curious about birth control.
For nearly two years, Americans United has detailed the truth behind Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, a case brought by a chain of craft stores that claims it has a religious freedom right to deny important preventative health care to its employees.
There’s another controversy brewing around Hobby Lobby – but this one has nothing to do with birth control. New York’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently settled a two-year investigation into the embattled craft store chain by hitting it with a $220,000 fine for deceptive advertising practices.
It’s crunch time for Hobby Lobby watchers: The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to deliver its ruling in the controversial case dealing with access to birth control within the next two weeks. As observers await the court’s verdict, the case continues to stir debate due to its drastic implications for women’s rights and religious liberty.