Sometimes, facts can be troubling.
The Internet is still blazing over the Supreme Court decision that Hobby Lobby did not have to comply with the contraceptive mandate of Obamacare. Women's groups are furious, vowing never to shop at Hobby Lobby again. One (at least one) angry tweeter hoped for all Hobby Lobby stores to burn down.
Presumed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, "It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health-care plan because her employer doesn't think she should be using contraception.” [Breitbart]
How dare they presume to tell women they shouldn't be using contraception? How dare Hobby Lobby deny women access to birth control?
Well, actually, they don't.
The fact is that out of some 20 available means of contraception, Hobby Lobby's insurance plan will pay for 16, which include the following:
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Diaphragms with spermicide
- Sponges with spermicide
- Cervical caps with spermicide
- Spermicide alone
- Birth-control pills with estrogen and progestin (“Combined Pill)
- Birth-control pills with progestin alone (“The Mini Pill)
- Birth control pills (extended/continuous use)
- Contraceptive patches
- Contraceptive rings
- Progestin injections
- Implantable rods
- Female sterilization surgeries
- Female sterilization implants
Granted, the women aren't signing up for the male condoms or a vasectomy. But those are means of contraception available to couples.
The contraceptives to which Hobby Lobby objects are:
- Plan B (“The Morning After Pill”)
- Ella (a similar type of “emergency contraception”)
- Copper Intra-Uterine Device
- IUD with progestin
In the simplest of terms, these contraceptive terminate a pregnancy once an egg has been fertilized. The owners of Hobby Lobby believe this to be a form of abortion.
Still, Hobby Lobby said nothing about preventing women from using these types of contraceptives. Only that they did not wish to pay for them.
The Becket Fund notes:
The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices. These drugs include Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill. Covering these drugs and devices would violate their deeply held religious belief that life begins at the moment of conception, when an egg is fertilized.