The Day After
The left is in full spin mode after the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare’s abortion mandate. Please tell the women in your life that nothing happened yesterday that will deny them access to contraception.
The issue in this case was not contraception. Let me remind folks once again that Hobby Lobby’s insurance policy covered 16 out of 20 forms of contraception. But the owners of Hobby Lobby drew the line at the last four methods, which they believed could cause abortions. And during oral arguments, the Obama Administration actually claimed that it could force companies to pay for abortions.
The issue in this case was individual religious liberty. Consider this statement from Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion:
“A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends. Protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby … protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies.”
Yesterday’s ruling was a major victory won by a disturbingly slim margin of one vote. Now comes the hard part of winning the debate, which will be difficult in no small measure because of the cowardice of establishment Republicans.
For example, without ever mentioning the words “Muslims” or “Islam,” Hillary Clinton managed to compare free contraception to honor killings and genital mutilation. Asked about the court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Clinton said yesterday:
“It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are unstable, anti-democratic and, frankly, prone to extremism, where women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people — men — to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but prop up rulers.”
Contrast Clinton’s combative response to the pitiful performance of New Jersey’s Chris Christie. On CNBC this morning, the supposedly pro-life governor said, “Why should I give an opinion as to whether they were right or wrong? At the end of the day, they did what they did. That’s now the law of the land.”
That’s no way to win hearts and minds. And it’s a good example of why we often lose, even when we win.
Speaking of losing when we win, National Review reports that GOP allies of Thad Cochran paid $44,000 to a liberal lesbian activist to turnout Democrats in Mississippi’s runoff election.
And guess what? Liberal members of Congress are now demanding payback from Sen. Cochran. Politico writes that “the policy asks are far more liberal than much of what the moderate Republican has championed in his four decades in office.”
I have to ask our friends in Mississippi who supported Thad Cochran: Is THAT what you voted for?
Gary Bauer, End of Day 7/1/14