With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result. But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation. All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception. Untrue. Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for the few birth control methods they feel allows conception and perform an abortion: the morning after pill, IUDs. In my research, I have found no information stating that Hobby Lobby has at any time expressed the desire or intent to deny paying for every form of birth control to female employees or their families.
Jan 25, 2014 - San Francisco, California, U.S - Pro Life supporters march through downtown San Francisco during the annual West Coast Walk for Life March, Image Credit: Peter Thoshinsky, ZUMAPRESS.com
They simply do not want to be forced to provide and pay for the few specific items they have strong spiritual objections to. The morning after pill is designed specifically to terminate a potential conception that happened "the night before" or within a certain number of previous days when coitus occurred and the potential for pregnancy existed. It is, in effect, an abortion. I don't believe anyone would argue that. IUD's have long-since been controversial in that some people, physicians included, believe IUD's allow and terminate conception without the female user every knowing it.
When I remarried, I considered an IUD for contraception. It seemed like a great (albeit expensive) option; easy in, it stays in place (theoretically) for up to a decade, no hormones (if you choose that option). Upon extensive discussion with my then-OB/GYN, I discovered even though he's a seasoned physician, he admits that evidence does exist that IUD's may possibly allow conception and terminate pregnancies. He would have liked to think they don't perform in this fashion but the fact is, they just can't be undeniably positive that they do not. In the end, it became obvious the IUD wasn't the option for me. Let me be strongly clear...my insurance at that time did not pay for an expensive IUD nor did it pay for oral contraception. Even years ago when I worked for a hospital, they did not provide coverage for birth control pills though they'd cover other medications. This was a source of frustration for me as at that time, I did utilize oral contraceptive pills, but for solely medicinal purposes, yet it was not a covered benefit. But no one was rallying about that, were they?
However, this isnot what Hobby Lobby has done. They have not refused to offer coverage for birth control pills; again, only those options they morally object to because they potentially end a pregnancy, no matter how early in development that pregnancy may be. Though this seems to be a popular belief, that Hobby Lobby has declined to pay for all forms of birth control, I have yet to see any evidence that this is the truth.
I read a blog post yesterday and the writer stated that we have entered into a scary place with this ruling; that it opens the door now for Muslim business owners to prohibit employees from using certain medications that are coated in pork-derived substances because Muslims don't consume pork or pork products. This argument is neither valid nor useful. Hobby Lobby is not banning its employees from using the morning after pill, an IUD or from even obtaining an abortion. What they're doing is refusing to pay for those things that fly in the face of the beliefs they hold so dear.
I do not feel this is a frightening ruling. I applaud Hobby Lobby for fighting for their beliefs and not backing down despite ridicule and heavy backlash. They didn't buckle to what seems popular. I also appreciate the Supreme Court for their decision. Despite what many folks are saying, Hobby Lobby is not out to oppress women. We are not going back in time and our right to vote is not being threatened. Let's keep this in perspective. Look up, the sky is not falling.
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