Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday downgraded the Christian faith by saying Hobby Lobby’s opposition to providing certain contraception methods is based just on “vague moral objections.”
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain closely held companies like Hobby Lobby can’t be forced to violate their religious beliefs by covering drugs or devices they believe could lead to abortion. But while the company says its religious beliefs are at stake, Warren dismissed that argument in a tweet Monday afternoon that said the ruling will let companies “deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.”
Warren followed up with a tweet saying the Supreme Court is headed in a “very scary direction.”
Hobby Lobby had argued throughout the case that it was not refusing to provide any birth control coverage for its employees, and instead had objections to just four of Obamacare’s 20 mandated birth control methods.
Can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 30, 2014
The Supreme Court agreed with that argument, and said the Obamacare mandate goes against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which says the government cannot place undue burdens on the exercise of freedom of religious. Specifically, the Court said the mandate as imposed by the Obama administration was more restrictive than necessary to achieve its policy goals.
“The Court assumes that the interest in guaranteeing cost-free access to the four challenged contraceptive methods is a compelling governmental interest, but the government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest,” the Court wrote.