Friday, December 28, 2012

Create Your Own Facts at Hobby Lobby

Isn't this the cutest baby ever?

Don't you feel the need to rush right out to Hobby Lobby for tiny needles to knit a wee pair of booties?

Yeah, me neither. Probably because this is not a baby. Or maybe because you're getting the distinct impression that Hobby Lobby is notsomuch with the Feminism.

The conservative family which owns Hobby Lobby and the Mardel chain of Christian bookstores is suing to block provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which require health insurance plans to cover emergency contraception. They claim that a fertilized egg is a baby, and drugs which block implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus cause abortion.

They also claim that Rubber Stamping is a craft, so consider the source.

Yesterday, mean ladyjudge Justice Sonya Sotomayor refused to stop the government from forcing Hobby Lobby to comply with this provision during its court case. She left intact a lower court's ruling that the owner's religious fervor did not make the company a religious institution which would be exempt from the contraceptive requirement.

More used to selling crap to ladies than taking orders from them, Hobby Lobby has stated its intention not to comply with the Court's order. Through the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby's lawyer posted,
To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. 
Could there be a stronger argument in favor of the Affordable Care Act than these twenty words? A man worth $4.5 billion will tell his 13,000 low-wage employees which medications they will be able to access through their health-care plan. And he will make these decisions based on his own religious principles, not medical science.

Let's not forget that IUDs, one of the most popular forms of birth control, also work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. So, forgive my skepticism when Hobby Lobby says the only birth control it objects to is Plan B because it "causes abortions."

Failure to comply with the contraceptive requirements of the Affordable Care Act could subject Hobby Lobby to fines of more than $1 million per day. Cry me a river.

Today's $5 goes to the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Because employees' healthcare should not depend on employers' religion.

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