The Hobby Lobby Decision: Why it’s Important to be educated on the issues

As I was scrolling through my Twitter and Facebook feeds yesterday and today, I was shocked to see how many of my friends and followers had seemingly become legal experts over night.  

It seemed that every single person had an opinion on this week’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. While I do not claim to be any sort of expert, it did not take me long to realize that I possessed quite a bit more knowledge than the average Facebook friend. It was shocking to see how many people actually believed that the Supreme Court had ruled that their bosses were allowed to take away their birth control. It also surprised me how misinformed many of my conservative friends were, many of them referring to Plan B as “the abortion pill.”

Here is what I would like to say to liberals: No one is taking away your birth control. Either you are purposefully misrepresenting the issue in order to advance a political agenda, or you are very misinformed. Hobby Lobby is still providing its employees with no less than 16 types of birth control, and there is nothing to prevent employees from buying other types of birth control without going through their employer. 

Here is what I would like to say to conservatives: Plan B is NOT an abortion pill—even Catholic studies have come to this conclusion. It does not help the cause of advancing liberty to make uneducated claims such as this. While it is certainly Hobby Lobby’s right to refuse paying for this product if it violates the owners’ conscience, we should discuss the issue accurately.

The court ruled that the government may not compel a company to offer specific forms of birth control that violate the owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs. In this particular situation, Hobby Lobby, refused to comply with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate which requires employers to cover all 20 forms of FDA-approved contraceptives. While the company gladly covers 16 of the 20 in it’s insurance plan, there were a few particular methods that the company objected to:

  1. The Morning After Pill (Plan B)
  2. The Week After Pill (Ella)
  3. Two Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

Before you form your opinion you must do two things: Understand the court’s decision AND understand how different forms of birth control work.

While I disagree with the Hobby Lobby’s definition of Plan B as an abortifacient, it is their right to act according to their beliefs. The Week After Pill may in fact cause abortion—I personally don’t know enough about it to say, and it is a close relative of RU-486 (the actual abortion pill). An IUD is literally exactly what it sounds like: A device inserted into the uterus. Apparently—and this is something I did not know—an IUD can be used as an emergency contraceptive as well if implanted five days after the unprotected sex occurred. Again, I may not agree with their conclusions, but it is Hobby Lobby’s right to decide to pay or not pay for these products as they choose.

So, let’s review: No one is preventing anyone else from buying any type of birth control. And there is a lot of misinformation about not only this particular case, but also women’s issues in general.  

How are we, as people who wish to promote small government, supposed to win an argument if we do not possess the information necessary to make that argument credible? We aren’t. It is crucial that we educate ourselves on important issues; otherwise we are no better than the statists who scream and shout without knowing what they’re talking about.

And lastly, this is why it’s important to have young females on our side who are able to help educate on women’s issues that the left has become so good at distorting.

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