Hobby Lobby: We’ll Throw Away a Million Dollars a Day so Female Employees Don’t Get Comprehensive Health Care

As of the new year, the Christian-owned-but-secularly-run chain Hobby Lobby has to provide its employees with health coverage — including contraception (including birth control) — thanks to ObamaCare.

But the owners don’t want to do that and they’re prepared to pay a penalty of $1,300,000 a day to make sure they get their way:

All they’re asking for is a narrow exemption from the law that says they don’t have to provide drugs they believe cause abortions,” Hobby Lobby attorney Kyle Duncan, a general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNN affiliate KFOR in November. “Our basic point is the government can’t put a corporation in the position of choosing between its faith and following the law.”

I guess if corporations are people, corporations also have religious beliefs…?

There’s a major problem with Duncan’s statement, though, and Fred Clark does a nice job of summarizing it:

Duncan carefully says that the company should be exempt from covering medical care “they believe” causes abortion.

Duncan is careful to say that because he is aware that the drugs in question do not, in fact, cause abortion. Emergency contraception is just exactly that — contraception. It does not end or interfere with an existing pregnancy.

It doesn’t matter if the evangelical gazillionaire owners of Hobby Lobby “believe” that emergency contraception causes abortions. It does not do that.

This is how warped the Hobby Lobby owners’ mindset is: If they think birth control kills a baby, then it kills a baby, no matter what the science says, and they’re gonna pay a fine worth over a million dollars per day to make sure their delusions aren’t overruled by the government.

If you ever want proof that religion is bad for women, look no further.

It’s possible this isn’t even about abortion. Remember: Wheaton College (a Christian school) was perfectly fine with providing comprehensive health care — including contraception coverage — to its employees for a long time. They only began opposing coverage of these abortion-pills-that-aren’t-really-abortion-pills — and retroactively changing their own insurance policies — after President Obama told them they had to provide it.

No one’s asking Hobby Lobby to endorse, support, or advocate for abortions. Their only job here is to provide health coverage for their employees, and their employees have a right to decide how to use it. If this was a church or religious group, I wouldn’t be saying this. Hobby Lobby isn’t either of those, though, so they have to play by the rules.

About Hemant Mehta

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