As I was scrolling through my Twitter and Facebook feeds yesterday and today I was shocked to see how many of my friends and followers had seemingly become legal experts over night. It seemed that every single person had an opinion on yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. While I do not claim to be any sort of expert, it did not take me long to realize that I possessed quite a bit more knowledge than the average ignorant Facebook friend. It was shocking to see how many people actually believed that the Supreme Court had ruled that their bosses were allowed to take away their birth control. It also surprised me how misinformed many of my conservative friends were, many of them referring to Plan B as "the abortion pill".
Here is what I would like to say to liberals: no one is taking away your birth control. Either you are purposefully misrepresenting the issue in order to advance a political agenda, or you are totally ignorant and unable to use rational thought. I would ask you to take an hour or so to read the actual decision before you make your baseless claims about the attack on women's "reproductive rights".
Here is what I would like to say to conservatives: Plan B is NOT the abortion pill. You are not helping the cause of advancing liberty when you make uneducated and ignorant claims such as this. You also are either misrepresenting the issues in order to advance a political agenda, or you are totally ignorant and unable to read a drug label/use Wikipedia.
The Court ruled that the government may not compel a company to offer specific forms of birth control that violate the owner's sincerely held religious beliefs. In this particular situation, Hobby Lobby, refused to comply with Obamacare's contraceptive mandate which requires employers to cover all 20 forms of FDA approved contraceptives. While the company gladly covers 16 of the 20 in it's insurance plan, there were a few particular methods that the company:
1. The Morning After Pill (Plan B)
2. The Morning After Pill (Ella)
3. Intrauterine Devices (IUD's)
Before you form your opinion you must do two things: understand the court's decision AND understand how different forms of birth control work. AKA stop being totally ignorant and educate yourself. Plan B is NOT and abortion pill. There is such a thing as an abortion pill, but Plan B is not that -- not even close. I disagree with the Hobby Lobby's definition of it as an "abortifacient", or an abortion inducing drug, but they do have the right to ignorantly state that it is. Anyways, Plan B is a high dose of birth control. It works by giving your body about a week's worth of the same synthetic estrogen that most birth controls have. That's why it works. See here: http://www.planbonestep.com/about-plan-b-one-step.aspx
The other morning after pill, "Ella", is something that I personally do not know much about. I have read that it is possible for this drug to cause an abortion because it is a close relative of RU-486 (the ACTUAL abortion pill). Because of this, I can understand the Hobby Lobby's objection to covering this particular form of contraception.
An IUD is literally exactly what it sounds like: a device inserted into the uterus. Apparently, and this is something I did not know, an IUD can be used as an emergency contraceptive as well if implanted 5 days after the unprotected sex occurred. Again, kinda stupid, but it's their right to believe in this and object to it I suppose.
So, in reality, no one is taking away your birth control pills. If you're on the pill there is really no need for your employer to cover emergency contraceptives for free when they are available over the counter for $50 or less in many places. Stop whining and being stupid, liberals.
I think the most important take away from all of this is that there is a lot of misinformation about not only this particular case, but also women's issues in general. How are we, as people who wish to promote small government, supposed to win an argument if we do not possess the information necessary to make that argument credible? We aren't. It is crucial that we educate ourselves on important issues, otherwise we are no better than the liberals who scream and shout without knowing what they're talking about.
And lastly, this is why it's important to have young females on our side who are able to help educate on women's issues that the left has become so good at distorting.