So. Hobby Lobby.

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The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision was today. I don't have the time to write about it right now, but I thought I'd open a thread for discussion, and also for posting links to helpful blog posts and such on the topic. I may update this post with links at the bottom over time. Here's a link to the decision itself. … [Read more...]

Boycotts, Hobby Lobby, and Misplaced Evangelical Outrage

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Growing up, my family didn't shop at K-Mart. Along with numerous others, we were involved in a 1990s evangelical boycott of the store. Why? Because K-Mart owned a bookstore chain called Waldenbooks, which sold pornography. The outrage rallied in this boycott had a similar feel to the outrage of evangelicals over Obamacare's contraception mandate. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, is currently involved in a Supreme Court case challenging this mandate on the grounds that buying health … [Read more...]

The Abortion Rate Is Falling. Why?

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The abortion rate has come down to an all-time low---the lowest rate since 1973, the first year for which we have accurate numbers. In fact, the abortion rate dropped 13% between 2008 and 2011. Pro-life groups are arguing that this drop is the result of new abortion restrictions, but in fact the vast majority of these new restrictions were enacted after the 2010 midterm election, and would have no effect on the 2008 to 2011 data. Further, the study itself found that new abortion restrictions and … [Read more...]

Weeds, Birth Control, Trees, and Temperance

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Do you remember that image of the weed and flower I posted some time back? It compared a weed, "Sexual Chaos," with a rose, "Strong Family Life," and made birth control the root of the contrast (aka birth control leads to sexual chaos and not using birth control leads to a strong family life, which is just flat out weird, but okay). Here it is as a reminder: I bring this up because I recently came upon a pair of images that were strikingly similar. And yet, they're not from the present but … [Read more...]

Abstinence: A Birth Control Method That Is 100% Effective?

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My viral post, How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement, is still generating regular new comments. Just the other week I got this line, for instance: The only birth control that's 100% effective? Abstinence. This is something I've run into a lot, and something I used to think myself. But it's wrong---and on several levels. First off, abstinence is not a birth control method. Let's start with an analogy. Imagine if you asked your friend told your friend you were going to be doing some … [Read more...]

Bad Catholic’s Grating Paternalism

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I want to take a moment to address one more thing from Marc's recent post on chastity and contraception, written as a rebuttal to one of my own posts: I can think of quite a few other reasons contraception could be, at the very least, a contributing factor to marital dissolution, though I don’t have the studies to back me up. For instance, consider that the weight of contraception falls unfairly on women. Men have to wear a free condom. Women have to suppress their menstrual cycles with … [Read more...]

Bad Logic from Bad Catholic

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Marc of Bad Catholic has offered a "rebuttal" of my post of last week criticizing that simplistic dandelion rose illustration supposedly showing the bad fruits of contraception and the good fruits of chastity. I'm not going to bother with most of his rebuttal---feel free to go over and read and critique it yourself---but I do want to point out what horrid logic Catholics like Marc are reduced to in insisting that there's this huge gulf of a divide between "unnatural" contraception like the … [Read more...]


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