OK, Hobby Lobby. You can still fix this.
There’s one way to come out of this looking decent, walking that righteous, pious, moral path you talk about.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that you have the right to deny covering contraception for thousands of your female employees. Now you should provide the most fantastic, bang-up, paid and protected parental leave in the United States.
Think about it. Your craft stores can become American corporate pioneers, showcasing your Christian values by giving your more than 13,000 employees paid time off when they have children.
America ranks dead last in the world when it comes to paid parental leave, according to a recent United Nations report. Wait, actually, we are tied with Oman and Papua New Guinea, both of which also offer no paid maternity leave.
And yet here we are, a nation hostile to working families, whose highest court just ruled that corporations can skirt federal law on what health plans offer women seeking control over their reproductive lives. More babies! Less support!
“Family leave. Child care. Flexibility. These aren’t frills - they’re basic needs,” President Barak Obama said in an address last week about America’s abysmal record on family policy. “They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”
A bonus? Monday’s decision allowing a corporation to deny federally approved benefits will make it even harder for American families who rely on the Affordable Care Act — especially those with low-wage, hourly workers employed at retailers such as Hobby Lobby. When it comes down to it, this decision is even uglier because it is primarily an economic one, another way to beat down our nation’s struggling families.
Most of the thousands of women who work in the silk flower sections or at the cash registers at Hobby Lobby are there for a steady paycheck with health care. And for many of them, health care includes contraception.