Hobby Lobby, Christian Crusaders, and Bad Science.

So Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company along the lines of Chick-Fil-A, has been pitching a fit over having to offer not only hormonal contraception but the “morning after” pill because they are under the mistaken belief that it causes abortions, which runs contrary to their beliefs.

The reality if the situation is that the “morning after” pill – and the new “week after” pill – both work the same way: they prevent ovulation. That’s it.  Research into their active mechanisms have shown that while they do have an effect on the endometrial lining, there is no observed effect in implantation if conception has already occurred.  Repeated exposure to this information has not changed the fundamentalist Christian conviction that the mere existence of the possibility that implantation could be affected means that it is in fact, the mechanism of action.  But then, science and the peer review process have never been their forte in the periphery of their awareness.

The latest example of this denial saw Hobby Lobby pitted against the Supreme Court, in a last minute appeal to block the implementation of the new healthcare mandate, which has coverage for emergency contraception as part of its requirements.  Because it’s a secular company and not a religious institution, it lost.  So …

Christians ‘Stand With Hobby Lobby’ As Company Faces Fine of 1.3 Million Daily for Defying Obamacare

[...] Joe Grabowski of StandWithHobbyLobby.com has named Saturday, January 5th as the official appreciation day for the company, when supporters will shop at their local Hobby Lobby outlet to show their support.

“On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate’s unfair impositions upon religious individuals and corporate entities are called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping either at their local retail Hobby Lobby store or online,” he writes.

Help, we’re being persecuted because we don’t want women to have access to something we don’t understand!!

[...] “These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families,” CEO David Green wrote in a statement earlier this year. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate. … By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow.”

Really, this is a similar dance as Chick-fil-A, with a slightly different tune.  In this case, these people feel their freedoms are being trampled because they’re not allowed to prevent women on their payroll from having health insurance that covers a particular type of medication that is legal in this country …

… in part because they are against a woman’s legal right to decide whether or not she wants to be pregnant …

… in part because they don’t understand what the hell emergency contraception is …

… in part because they don’t know that according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “a pregnancy is considered to be established only after implantation is complete.”  In other words, if implantation doesn’t occur, there’s no pregnancy to abort …

… and in part because they wrongly feel their religion entitles them to make medical and moral decisions for other people, even if they may not share those beliefs.

Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to encountering a bit of a mash up of fact and fiction during discussions of abortion and religion.  Even though it’s irritating to no end, I’m used to the idea that there’s always going to be some percentage of Christians who flat out refuse to understand that EC doesn’t cause abortions.  Here’s the part that confuses me:  they’re evangelical Christian, so any kind of sexual activity outside of wedlock is verboten.  Yet they still offer hormonal contraception for their 13,000 or so employees.  Therefore, they either have to understand that it’s used to treat a variety of other conditions, or they’re being very selective about what aspects of Christian morality they want to get behind.

I wonder … does their insurance cover the spouses of people who have been previously divorced?  Or spouses who are of a different religion?  Children who were born out of wedlock?  What about treatment for STDs?  Is Hobby Lobby going into the nitty gritty of each line item in the insurance policy to make sure their hard earned Christian dollars aren’t being used to enable any worldly sins – or their consequences? Their focus on this one aspect of the law leads me to wonder if this is just a convenient way to buy themselves a little popularity instead of a firm adherence to “traditional” morality spelled out in the bible … especially considering how much of the bible we’ve abandoned because of its sheer brutality and cruelty.

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