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anonymous asked:

Hobby lobby covers birth control. They just do not cover abortion, morning and and week after pills. Get your facts straight. Do some real research

OH, LET’S DO THIS.

1) Did I specify Hobby Lobby in the post I made? No. Perhaps I was referring to one of the 82 companies publicly moving to stop birth control coverage in the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision. Or how due to the language in the decision, this rule applies to 90% of all American businesses. Or perhaps I was referring to the general trend/pushback of women’s contraception that’s been taking place in our government and the media for the past couple of years. Ask Sandra Fluke.

I do admit that my post was very broad in its rage, and apologize for such broad statements. I can see in the comments and reblogs that people are arguing that Viagra isn’t covered by insurance. It’s not covered by Medicare but many private insurance companies such as Aetna do cover it. Just as many cover birth control. I do not deny this, nor do I deny that, if insurance is not available, nothing is stopping these women from purchasing the birth control methods completely on their own. I mean, other than the fact that this would be completely cost-prohibitive for many women. 

Actually, fun fact - The  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops identify many Catholic-based health insurance plans that cover Viagra but not birth control. The reasoning? Viagra encourages procreation, and birth control doesn’t. Because “such drugs “should be prescribed for a medically identifiable problem to prevent wide abuse.” As if there are no medical conditions that birth control helps with other than “not getting pregnant”. Actually, only 42% of women who take the pill use it exclusively for contraceptive reasons.

Another fun fact: It was medically necessary (as determined by my doctor, the only one other than me who should have any say in my healthcare decisions) for me to start taking birth control several years before I became sexually active. 

What I meant to comment on is the disparity between how available Viagra apparently is according to its advertising while birth control is becoming harder and harder to procure. And since the forms of birth control that Hobby Lobby objected to in their lawsuit (I mean, since you mentioned them) are FAR too costly for your average Hobby Lobby full-time employee to afford, being able to buy it out-of-pocket is not an acceptable alternative. Just as many men would find Viagra cost-prohibitive, at the cost of $21-24 per pill.

I am thankful and grateful that I have insurance which does cover birth control and that, in the event it did not, my personal income would allow me to purchase it. I’ve been told that I shouldn’t be so upset about this issue because it doesn’t directly affect me. But then, I’m against animal abuse but I’m not a cat.

2. If Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to pay for abortions, perhaps they should stop investing employee 401(k) money - and matching it with their own dollars - in mutual funds that include investments in drug companies that make Plan B, copper IUDs, and drugs commonly used in abortions. By the way, they began investing in these 3 months AFTER they filed their lawsuit.

3. The specific things that Hobby Lobby listed in in their lawsuit are: Plan B, Ella, and 2 types of intrauterine devices. I know this because I read the brief filed with the Supreme Court. It’s on page 17, if you want to do your own research and get your own facts straight. 

4. Now, about the actual things Hobby Lobby objects to. Specifically, 4 of the 20 FDA-approved birth control methods (note that they are called birth control not abortive methods).

Plan B and Ella - also known as the 2 brands of the “morning after” pill. These work by delaying ovulation and can thicken cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg. There is no evidence that it stops implantation of a fertilized egg. In approving the drugs, the FDA forced Plan B to list it as a possibility in a concession to opponents of the drug. See, many people think that sperm and egg meet up immediately after sex. Actually, it takes several days for the sperm to reach the egg, as any woman who has researched and struggled with fertility can tell you. What Plan B and Ella do is delay ovulation for a few days to keep an egg from releasing that could meet up with sperm. 

IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are small T-shaped devices implanted by a doctor into a woman’s cervix. Depending on the type, they work one of two ways:

Copper-containing IUDs release copper which make the uterus unstable for sperm by changing its PH balance and inflaming the uterine lining. It is approved for up to 10 years of use.

Hormonal IUDs release progestrin, a hormone women produce that regulates many reproductive functions. By releasing an excess of the hormone, a woman’s cervical mucus thickens which create a barrier to sperm. It also changes the uterine environment to make it inhospitable to sperm.

These are forms of birth control. They prevent conception and do not destroy an already fertilized egg or prevent it from implanting. Just because an attorney for the plaintiffs in this case said that opting out of the mandate was tantamount to “a permission slip for abortion” doesn’t make it in any way accurate. It’s actually ridiculously irresponsible to say that.

Plan B and Ella are excellent to use when another method of birth control has failed (condoms break, y’all) or when sexual assault has occurred. IUDs are excellent choices for women who can’t tolerate birth control pills (including me, as it raises my already high blood pressure too much).

5. By the way, Hobby Lobby DID cover these birth control methods for years, voluntarily. It was only in 2012 when the ACA was passed that they (the Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby) suddenly decided they had a religious objection to it. Last I heard, the Bible started publishing far before that.

6. But again, I’m not limiting my justified rage at Hobby Lobby. I’ve got quite a bit for the members of SCOTUS who not only decided this case, but also the ruling in favor of Wheaton College that, at least temporarily, it could opt-out of providing ANY FORM OF CONTRACEPTION TO WOMEN.

Hopefully I didn’t provide too much research and too many facts for you. Just in case, here you go:

TL;DR: You’re wrong.