Hobby Lobby was not the only company to bring the contraceptive mandate to court
While the Hobby Lobby case has garnered the most fame, there were 100 lawsuits filed in total challenging the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The National Organization for Women list the Dirty 100 on its website. Here are five of the most bigoted companies:
1. Barron Industries
A Michigan company, Barron’s owners are not shy about their faith. They have an on-site chapel and hold an optional mass for their employees or any customers that might want to partake in their religion. Their lawyer believes that through the ACA, President Obama has “declared war on the Catholic Church.” Even though the ACA specifically exempted religious organizations from the mandate. The religious right, using painfully twisted logic, is making a case for their unhappiness at having to recognize the rights of women.
2. Eden Foods
Eden foods is based in Clinton, Michigan, and serves up organic brands such as American Soy Products, Sobaya, and Eden Organic Products. The devout Christian founder and CEO is so concerned with everyone’s 1st Amendment Rights that this post is pinned to the top of the company’s Facebook page:
Apparently, the CEO feels that he has a right to call President Obama a dictator, but no one may call out his company on its refusal to provide women with a choice. Feel free to visit Eden’s Facebook page for more on its product line and tell them how you feel while you’re there.
3. Triune Health Group
Triune was one of the first companies to file a lawsuit demanding that its devoted Christian husband and wife founders not be forced to “supply employee health insurance coverage for abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations.” Ironically, Triune was voted, pre-lawsuit, one of Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s “Best Places to Work for Women.” “Respecting and fostering the feminine genius makes both business and common sense,” says Mary Anne Yep, co-founder. Respect ‘em right up until they want to take control of their reproductive systems.
4. WLH Enterprises/Seneca Hardwood Lumber
Owned by Wayne L. Helper, also a devout Catholic, WLH/Seneca objected to providing birth control to its employees. Mr. Helper has 13 children, is anti-abortion, runs a Catholic retreat house, and was once a board member for the Couple to Couple League, a natural family planning group. And with 13 children Mr. Helper and his wife must be really bad with the math required for natural family planning. 13 children? Poor Mrs. Helper.
5. SMA LLC
Excerpt from the lawsuit: The Breys are brothers who each own 50% of the Company. They are both Roman Catholic. They both hold sincere religious beliefs based on the Roman Catholic Catechism which states “abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a ‘criminal’ practice” and which states “direct sterilization” and “contraception” are morally unacceptable…The HHS Mandate to the Breys is sinful and immoral.