While Hobby Lobby was arguing its case before the U.S. Supreme Court today, a small protest against the company’s views on insurance coverage for emergency contraceptives took place in front of the Mission store on Martway.
Hobby Lobby does not want to provide coverage for IUDs and emergency contraceptives, claiming it should be entitled to a religious freedom exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandates. That claim is strongly opposed by the National Organization for Women and three NOW members, outnumbered by television crews, gathered on the sidewalk along Martway to protest Hobby Lobby’s position.
Leawood resident Sharon Lockhart, vice president of the Johnson-Wyandotte County chapter, said the small size of the protest was reflective of the problem in the women’s movement that “women are working in the daytime.” The local chapter has 45 members. NOW is holding protests at Hobby Lobby stores across the nation today, she said.
Lockhart was joined by Amy Bell of Prairie Village, the Kansas State Coordinator for NOW and Mary Mosley, president of the Columbia, MO, area chapter. NOW supports the birth control mandate in the act.
“Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit represents another salvo in the continuing war on women,” Lockhart said.