Bioethicists Could Care Less About Religious Liberty

by Wesley J. Smith

Bioethics kicked religion out of a meaningful place in the field’s discourse long ago. Thus, it is hardly surprising that the Hastings Center Report has a blog post decrying Hobby Lobby as likely to increase “health care inequity.” From the post:

Even if the decision does not allow closely held corporations to refuse coverage for other types of health care services, it is likely to limit access to contraceptive services to many women. Without an alternative source of funding for these excluded services, the decision will shift the cost of health care to individuals, a problem that has been growing and that the ACA was designed to alleviate…

Coupled with the Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, in which the Court ruled that states do not have to participate in the law’s Medicaid expansion, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores threatens to undermine the ACA’s goal of moving the U.S. closer to the international standard of basing access to health care on need.

Yes, we must bow down to the “international standard”–and that doesn’t include religious liberty.

Remember, these are the so-called “experts” who will be appointed to cost-benefit panels under Obamacare. They will be the ones exercising centralized control.

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