July 01, 2014

Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Decision

My social media timelines are filled with righteous rage today, Here's an example:



Now, there is a problem with this post (and the 100 others I've scrolled past yesterday and today)

THE HOBBY LOBBY DECISION DOES NOT APPLY TO REGULAR OLD BIRTH CONTROL.

Did anyone actually read further than the headline? Hobby Lobby sought relief from four (4) kinds of birth control:

"...emergency contraceptives such as Plan B and Ella that can prevent a pregnancy if taken within a short window after unprotected sex. The owners contend that these contraceptive methods prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the woman's uterus and therefore are a type of abortion. Hobby Lobby's owners also object to two types of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, for the same reason." - NPR

Note, not the regular old birth control pill that folks have been posting photos of ad nauseum. And as a "not a fan of abortion but not wanting to restrict access" kind of person, I'm willing to put emergency contraceptives in special category in terms of "somewhere between birth control and abortion". All of these technologies are available, just not through employer insurance.

Now, I'm not a fan of Hobby Lobby's politics, not a fan of parsing health benefits based on religion or politics, and not a fan of business supplied health benefits in the first place. You could not pay me enough to work for Hobby Lobby under any circumstances. And yeah, perhaps this decision could lead to much darker and more problematic places in the future.


But come on, lefties. We bitch and moan when the 2nd Amendment nut jobs object to reasonable limitations such as closing gun show loopholes, restrict magazine capacity, etc. using hyperbole and exaggeration, which do not really restrict access to firearms. And then we do the SAME DAMN THING when it comes to birth control.

Go to it, I guess, if you really need to vent and rage. But I'm not playing.