The Supreme Court recently determined that Hobby Lobby, a privately held product retailer, is not required to provide contraceptives to its employees through the company’s insurance because of the founder’s religious beliefs. As a result of that decision, we asked a few students to weigh in their opinions.
“Obviously, we need to be aware of the needs of others, and employers play a role in that responsibility. But, ultimately birth control should be responsibility of individuals.” — Michelle Murphy, exercise and wellness, Sandy
“I believe that contraceptives are an optional medical procedure and that a business should not be required to cover that under any health plan.” — Scott Salvesen, recreation management, Johannesburg, South Africa
“Although the Supreme Court said their decision was based on religious protection, I don’t think any business, whether religious or not, should be required to provide contraceptives if they choose not to.” — Dan Minert, computer science, Orem
“It’s really a decision that should be left to the business; I support the rulings of the Supreme Court.” — Mallory Walker, deaf studies, Chicago, Illinois
“My religious viewpoints support the decision of the Supreme Court, and I definitely believe in the rights provided by the First Amendment.” — Jared Darkseale, genetics and biotechnology, Collinston, Utah