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NYT Lies: Hobby Lobby Ruling Limits Birth Control Access

From the New York Times:

How Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Limit Access to Birth Control

By Aaron E. Carroll | June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case raises at least two questions: How will it affect access to contraception, and what do the drugs and devices the company objected to on religious grounds actually do?

As we have mentioned, Hobby Lobby itself provides coverage of 16 different types of contraception to its employees. From a statement by Hobby Lobby:

"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."

A growing body of evidence shows that it is already hard to obtain certain kinds of contraception, and the ruling seems likely to increase barriers. A significant number of pharmacists — 6 percent in one study — say they would refuse to dispense oral contraceptives or other medications to patients for moral reasons if they were permitted to do so…

But they aren’t allowed to refuse. And Plan B is sold over the counter everywhere. So every word of the above paragraph is a knowing lie.

If other family-owned corporations choose to emulate Hobby Lobby and win an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for broad coverage of contraception, cost will become a higher barrier for more women. Emergency contraception costs, on average, $45 without insurance.

Which is the price of a bar brand cocktail in some Manhattan establishments. But, again, Plan B is available over the counter everywhere. And it is not expensive.

The cost of an IUD, one of the most effective forms of birth control, is considerable. It requires a visit to the doctor, and a procedure to have the device put in place. Medical exams, insertion, and follow-up visits can run upward of $1,000. Without insurance coverage, it’s likely that many women will be unable to use them.

This is propaganda straight from Planned Parenthood, who even admit that $1,000 is an outside figure. In reality, the costs are closer to $500. And an IUD can last for twelve years. So it is a very economical form of contraception.

The reason that contraception is covered at all is that the A.C.A. says that important preventive services must be covered by insurance…

The reason ‘morning after’ abortion pills were included is because Kathleen Sibelius added them to Obama-Care with a stroke of her pen. They were not covered in the legislation that Congress passed and Obama signed.

But Obama had Sebelius do this, in order to placate his base. Even though it was directly against the expressed will of Congress.

The owners of Hobby Lobby told the Court that they were willing to cover some forms of contraception but believed that the so-called morning-after pills and two kinds of IUDs can cause what they believe to be a type of abortion, by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall or causing an already implanted egg to fail to thrive. As colleagues have noted, the scientific consensus is against this idea…

No, it is not. If you believe that life begins at fertilization (and the Catholic Church and hundreds of millions of others do), there is no question that this is abortion. Abortion pills and the specific types of IUDs Hobby Lobby object to keep the fertilized egg from being implanted. Which is necessary for the pregnancy to continue.

Regardless of the data, or lack of it, many still believe that these forms of contraception are different than others. Today, the Supreme Court gave those beliefs weight. This seems likely to make it harder for women to get contraception in the future.

Boo hoo. If women want to get abortion pills and IUDs, they can always buy them. Or they can work for the millions of other companies that are not covered by this ruling, and who provide insurance coverage for them.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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