Focus on the Family Falsely Claims Hobby Lobby Contraception Case is About “Abortion”
Focus on the Family’s political arm CitizenLink falsely claimed today that the Hobby Lobby case before the US Supreme Court is “about abortion,” when in reality the case is about Obamacare’s contraception mandate that requires companies with 50 employees or more to provide health coverage, which includes contraception for women.
CitizenLink’s Tom Minnery falsely claimed that four contraceptive drugs under Obamacare “cause early abortions.”
According to MediaMatters.org, “Medical experts have confirmed Hobby Lobby [is] wrong, repeatedly and strenuously, including experts at the National Institute of Health, the Mayo Clinic and the International Federation of Gynecology. The contraceptives Hobby Lobby objects to — which include emergency contraceptives like Plan B and long-term contraceptives like Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) — delay an egg from being fertilized, and as the former assistant commissioner for women’s health at the FDA noted, “their only connection to abortion is that they can prevent the need for one.”
Rather than attempt to back up their false claims, CitizenLink rolled out a video produced by Hobby Lobby’s lawyers, the Becket Fund, which insists Hobby Lobby is a ‘family business” that is simply following its religious beliefs by denying women certain types of contraception (listed above)..
CitizenLink’s Stuart Shepard falsely claimed. “The Obama administration is saying whenever any family starts a business, it’s no longer something that’s covered under the First Amendment. You lose your rights as a family because, now, they say, you’re a corporation.”
Of course, the Obama administration has said no such thing. The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby is free to practice its religion. In reality, the Obama administration recognizes Hobby Lobby as a for-profit corporation, which it legally is, not a church or place of worship that would be entitled to an exemption under Obamacare.
Minnery also claimed because corporations such as newspapers are protected under the First Amendment for freedom of speech that somehow means corporations also have the right to deny birth control to women under their “freedom of religion” right. If this were true, then corporations could ignore a variety of US laws all under the name of “freedom of religion.”
According US News, Hobby Lobby imports products from China which has a one-child abortion policy that is still enforced in certain parts of the country. USNews adds, “And what about the factories those people work at in China, those factories that make the products Hobby Lobby buys and then sells. The people of China who work in factories are exposed to a variety of dangerous working conditions. They are victims of unfair calculations of work time and low wages. Their employers often fail to pay for insurance or pay for injuries that are work related.”
(Sources: CitizenLink, USNews, MediaMatters.org)