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Hobby Lobby and Abortion

Standing up for religious freedom, Hobby Lobby.
Standing up for religious freedom, Hobby Lobby.
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The decision on June 30, 2014 by the Supreme Court allowing the family held company Hobby Lobby to opt out of paying for birth control which kills a fetus is not the first shot fired in the “war on women,” it is an upholding of religious freedom, which is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Unfortunately, many people, especially on Facebook, are skewing the decision. One conclusion being drawn from the Supreme Court decision is women will be denied birth control, but that premise is skewed for political purposes.

The truth is, most birth control pills, condoms, sponges and sterilization are still covered under the plan Hobby Lobby must pay for its employees.

What is not covered are the Plan B and Ella “morning after pills” and hormonal and copper intrauterine devices (IUDs). Source: USA Today.

A few facts about pregnancy:

  • When a woman gets pregnant, one of the first things she does is take a pregnancy test which relies on the presence of the “hormone human chorionic gonadotropin” (hCG). This glycoprotein is secreted by the placenta shortly after fertilization, and is able to be detected six days after conception.
  • The first heartbeat of a fetus is heard at 8 weeks, 6 weeks with an ultrasound.
  • At conception, a fetus is either a boy or girl and that difference can be determined as early as 12 weeks.

Abortion Statistics:

  • Planned Parenthood received a record $542 million from US taxpayers in 2012 (45% of their total funding), the highest ever, up 11% from 2011. Even though the government is not allowed to pay for abortions, Planned Parenthood performed nearly 334,000 abortions in 2011 (a record according to “Susan B. Anthony List”)
  • In 2011 there were 1.06 million abortions, a similar number to Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.
  • Approximately 4 in 10 pregnancies in the US a year (21%) are ended with abortion (excluding miscarriages). Source:
  • Black women are 3.7 times more likely to have an abortion than non-Hispanic white women.
  • Women living in metropolitan areas are twice as likely to have an abortion than those in rural areas.
  • Women with Medicaid coverage are 3 times more likely to have an abortion than other women.
  • Only 12% of women choosing abortion have a medical reason for having the abortion.
  • One percent of women aborting a fetus reported to be survivors of rape.

Hobby Lobby claimed a religious exemption for drugs which terminate pregnancy, and the Supreme Court decision of 5-4 may bring back some of the founding principles of religion, such as:

  • Marriage as a foundation for having a family.
  • Abstinence, and making good choices when it comes to a woman determining how to use her body.
  • Using the church, and its values, as a guide through life.
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