Religious freedom’s slippery slope

 

Re Helen Aguirre Ferre’s Dec. 8 column, ACA puts nation's religious freedom in peril: I could not disagree more with the idea that employers who provide health insurance should be able to deny coverage for types of contraception on their personal religious grounds. Modern medicine provides many options with which individuals may differ based on religion.

The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Corporation are objecting to four types of birth control. The Supreme Court will need to decide if they will set the precedent with contraception that would leave the opening for Christian Science employers to decide not to cover treatments they oppose or Jehovah’s Witnesses employers not to cover blood transfusions on religious grounds or for any employer with a faith tradition that is at odds with a particular medical intervention to refuse coverage to employees.

Lorraine Dowdy, Miami

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