I have 3 kids peeling my brain as I try to write this, so bear with me.
I’ve remained relatively silent on the whole Hobby Lobby thing.
But since I’ve been invited into conversation about it, I’d like to organize and fully articulate my thoughts here instead of a half-assed social media “conversation” where no one actually listens to each other.
First, I need you to understand a couple things about me:
1. I am not in blind lock step with a political party or religious denomination.
As far as my faith goes… I guess you can call me a Christian?… but I’m not even sure what that means any more.
I love Jesus as much as I can, and I really suck at following the dude’s teachings.
I am not a republican.
And, although I come from a family of staunch Democrats, I am not a Democrat.
I am an American.
And I try to vote for what I believe would be best for the longevity, safety, and prosperity of our country and her people, with the information that I have at that time.
2. I have done a 180 in my beliefs over the past decade, so I really try to give others room for their differing opinions and changing beliefs. I expect the same respect from others, sometimes naively, as this rarely happens over social media.
Okay, now we can move on to the Hobby Lobby thing.
1. If birth control was over the counter, like condoms, then this whole conversation wouldn’t be happening.
So it sounds to me like the government is trying to control women’s reproductive organs way more than Hobby Lobby. I say we rally against THAT. Who’s with me?
2. From what I understand, employers are not required to provide health coverage for their employees at all. So it doesn’t make sense to me that the government would try to force them to provide certain things, even though they don’t force them to provide coverage in the first place. I’m so confused.
I’m so confused! It’s like choosing to give my business to Fred Meyer, but the grocery store telling me, “Thanks for shopping with us! Now that we’ve got you inside the store, you will be forced to purchase every GMO product we have in stock.”
3. I’ve read that Hobby Lobby used to cover ALL contraceptives, until they were going to be forced to.
Haven’t you ever been going along, doing your thang, and then you’re suddenly faced with an “Aha” moment?
Shiny new information that causes you to change your course?
- Maybe you stopped using deodorant with aluminum because you read it causes breast cancer.
- Maybe you stopped buying frozen chicken, and now only buy free range from a local farm where each chicken has a name, like on Portlandia.
So, that’s what probably happened here. An “Aha” moment. I’ve had them. You’ve had them. Maybe Hobby Lobby owners have them, too.
4. I appreciate other people respecting my beliefs, no matter how much of an idiot they think I am because of them. So I don’t like infringing upon other people’s beliefs, however erroneous I believe them to be.
- If my Buddhist vegan friend has a moral obligation to not cause harm to any critter, and she believes that the soul of that grasshopper is just as important as yours or mine, then I would be a really crappy friend to ask her to squash that bug.
- If you believe that there’s a real live little human soul in that egg, no matter how right or wrong I think you are, I am not going to ask you to change your belief, tell you you’re wrong, or ask you to squash that egg.
5. If that building is about to be demolished, and you’re screaming and hollering that there’s a kid inside of it, I’m not going to take the chance that maybe you’re wrong. I’m going to help you stop that wrecking ball and I’m going to help you search that building to make sure that no one is inside.
See, I believe that there’s a person inside that building.
Science is always changing, always learning, always discovering.
No matter how many top scientists tell me that I’m wrong, I’m just not willing to take that risk when the life of a child – of thousands of children – hang in the balance.
How dare you ask me to take it on faith that these scientists aren’t wrong?
6. It sounds like Hobby Lobby’s health care plan still includes access, copay-free, to the following categories of FDA-approved birth-control:
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Diaphragms with spermicide
- Sponges with spermicide
- Cervical caps with spermicide
- Spermicide alone
- Birth-control pills with estrogen and progestin (“Combined Pill)
- Birth-control pills with progestin alone (“The Mini Pill)
- Birth control pills (extended/continuous use)
- Contraceptive patches
- Contraceptive rings
- Progestin injections
- Implantable rods
- Female sterilization surgeries
- Female sterilization implants
What Hobby Lobby will NOT cover are four contraceptive methods that its owners fear are abortifacients:
- Plan B (“The Morning After Pill”)
- Ella (a similar type of “emergency contraception”)
- Copper Intra-Uterine Device
- IUD with progestin
Hobby Lobby does not prevent its female employees from using any of these four types of contraceptives. However, since they believe these innovations kill babies, they simply require that any employees who want to use them buy them with their own money.