The number of people claiming the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS case denies the “rights” of women is alarming. The Facebook posts are out-of-control and completely out of context. People should take the time to read and understand the case Hobby Lobby brought against the government and stop lying about the SCOTUS decision and the case.
The following national news stories are wrong. They are lying to the American people. They have an agenda. They are disregarding the facts of the case… on purpose. These examples also include misleading headlines and opening paragraphs. This is journalistic malpractice. More at the bottom of this post … I’ve got more than 15 wrong and misleading headlines or ledes!
- Chicago Tribune: Supreme Court ruling in Hobby Lobby birth-control mandate case.
- ABC News: …the Supreme Court said today that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. [ABC gets credit for at least using the term a “full range of” in their piece, but they make ZERO attempt to clearly explain things like I’ve done below.]
- CNN: The 5-4 ruling says the health care act cannot force a “closely held company” to cover certain types of contraceptives for its employees… [Again, half-assed reporting and no effort to explain the case at all.]
- NBC News: The U.S. Supreme Court, in a limited decision, ruled Monday that closely held, for-profit companies can claim a religious exemption to the Obamacare requirement that they provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
- CBS News: Supreme Court exempts Hobby Lobby from Obamacare contraception mandate
- Mother Jones: The court ruled that most companies do not have to cover contraception for their employees if the company has a religious objection to doing so.
- Politico: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.
- Huffington Post: Hobby Lobby Still Covers Vasectomies And Viagra [Wow, what a way to twist the story!]
What is the truth?
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So, should we just take the word of me, some not-so-well-known conservative writer on a blog? Nope, let’s get read the actual decision. Right from the syllabus with my emphasis in bold.
Nonexempt employers are generally required to provide coverage for the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including the 4 that may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.
Hobby Lobby sued because they …
… have sincere Christian belief that life begins at conception and that it would violate their religion to facilitate access to contraceptive drugs or devices that operate after that point.
They sued because the government mandate…
… requires them to provide health coverage for the four objectionable contraceptives.
Deroy Murdock at National Review sums it all up.
… Hobby Lobby’s health plan pays for 16 different kinds of contraceptives for its female employees!
In the Left’s fantasy world, the militant Christians at Hobby Lobby police single female employees to assure that they have not engaged in sinful, pre-marital sex. As for married women, Hobby Lobby deprives them of birth control so that each can deliver a new baby every nine months, for God’s glory, just like in the Old Testament.
Liberals are living in a cartoon of their own making.
Again, Hobby Lobby’s health plan pays for birth-control pills, vaginal rings, contraceptive patches, and other items to help female employees plan their pregnancies. The Left’s arguments to the contrary are — surprise, surprise — lies.
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
So if you were a new employee starting at Hobby Lobby next week, what contraceptives would Hobby Lobby cover in their plan?
- 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
Get a clue people. Here are some additional totally twisted ledes in national news stories that mis-represent what’s happened.
- Reuters: According to a sharply divided 5-4 court, the government cannot compel a closely-held corporation to provide contraceptive coverage as part of its Affordable Care Act-mandated employee insurance plans.
- LA Times: The Supreme Court’s decision to exempt some companies from covering birth control under Obamacare — and the reactions to its judgment — underscore one of the prime dividing lines in American politics: the practice of religion.
- Associated Press: …the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
- New York Times: The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday that the government cannot force certain employers to pay for birth control was more than a rebuke to President Obama.
- Fox News screwed it up too: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain “closely held” for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees. [But Charles Krauthamer got it right.]
- Wall Street Journal: Monday’s Supreme Court decision enabling some private companies to opt out of the federal health law’s contraception coverage requirements ignited partisan dueling over not just the 2010 health-care law but over a 1993 religious-freedom law cited in the decision.
- BBC: The US Supreme Court has ruled a Christian-owned company can claim a religious exemption to a law requiring employers to pay for their workers’ contraception.
- Daily Mail: Employers with religious objections CAN refuse to pay for contraception on Obamacare