In what is no shock to anyone, the owners of craft store chain Hobby Lobby want to deny specific health insurance benefits to women because it “conflicts with their religious views.”
“The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit says the family also has “a sincere religious objection” to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices and alleges they can cause the death of an embryo by preventing it from implanting in the wall of a woman’s uterus.
Hobby Lobby isn’t some “small business,” they employ about 13,000 full time employees. They make the standard claim, that they shouldn’t have to pay for something that goes against their religious beliefs. That their religious beliefs are more important than the ability for women to make their own decisions.
There’s also the fact that emergency contraception is a completely and totally different thing from an abortion. But Hobby Lobby isn’t going to let a little thing like “basic medical facts” stop their righteous outrage.
Why should the rest of us subsidize irrational sex negativity based on religion? There’s a good reason that insurance companies have no problem providing free contraception; consider that the cost of just one unplanned pregnancy can have skyrocketing health insurance costs compared to the much cheaper option of providing free birth control.
What happens when a business owned by a Jehovah’s Witness declares they will not pay for blood transfusions?
What happens when a business owned by some “True Believer(TM)” decides they don’t need to provide coverage for women at all, because that’s something their husband should do for them?
Jezebel has this take on it as well,
“..Abortion is bad because the parts of the Bible that I choose to believe sort of imply that abortion is bad (but that’s me taking some liberties with the interpretation), and emergency contraception is abortion because my popsicle stick mind-machine says it is. Even though it’s not. Therefore, employees of my company shouldn’t be allowed to use insurance coverage that they help pay for to buy emergency contraception… It’s based on the notion that women having and enjoying sex is wrong, unless they’re married and constantly open to pregnancy. It’s just easier to file a lawsuit based on a deliberate conflation of medical facts (ABORTION) than it is to admit you find sex icky….”
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