A message from Ladyada – On today’s Supreme Court ruling #hobbylobby
Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided “Burwell v. Hobby Lobby” in favor of Hobby Lobby (and Conestoga Wood). This court case related to the rights of private, individual/family-owned companies to make decisions on their employer-provided health care with respect to said family’s religious beliefs. In this case, the two companies argued that they should not be required to cover certain reproductive services for women based on their strongly-held beliefs if it imposes a “substantial burden.” [For more details on this ruling, the Majority Opinion and Dissent is available here.]
As the private 100% individual-owner of Adafruit, I respect the court’s decision. However, I do not believe that my personal religion/spiritual beliefs should dictate the health insurance coverage for our 50+ employee company. Instead, each individual and their doctor are free to make the best health-related decisions, based on that person’s religion, beliefs, needs & desires. Adafruit aims to be “Employer of Choice” – we offer excellent health care to all of our employees, with full ACA compliance and other great benefits.
-Limor “Ladyada” Fried – Founder and Engineer, Adafruit 6/30/2014
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Limor, this is exactly I have shopped at Adafruit, and will continue to do so, and why I have never shopped at Hobby Lobby, and never will.
I will still probably occasionally shop at Hobby Lobby because to me it would be silly not to. But I agree with you wholeheartedly. I happen to be religious and a moderate conservative and hope that if I ever work with someone who has different views I wont have to conform to them in order to work together. Thank you for commenting on relevant issues.