I ask because many people don’t. They don’t because most media outlets are contorting Hobby Lobby’s actual position. Abortion activists and Progressive talkers are trying to make the story one which paints the crafting retailer as being anti-birth control. However, Hobby Lobby’s already-offered health insurance plans covered birth control. So what’s the deal? I was at Hobby Lobby over this weekend and decided to casually ask some employees what they thought.
I began the inquiry by asking a rather innocent open-ended question: what do you think about your store being in the news lately? Of the four employees, only one knew what the case was about, but only the altered narrative. She had heard her employer didn’t want to offer birth control in their health insurance because of religious reasons. The other three only knew there was some controversy but didn’t know what it entailed.
I didn’t press the issue with any of them because I wasn’t trying to make anyone feel backed into a corner. After all, they were at work and often employees won’t be honest about negative feelings they have concerning their employer.
I will contact Hobby Lobby management when the case is ruled on to see if they’ll permit me to ask some questions under the condition of anonymity. I’m not optimistic, but I’ll give it a shot.
So what is Hobby Lobby’s position? What is it they object to? Well, it’s not birth-control proper. As I said, their health insurance plans already covered that. They protest drugs, prescribed or over the counter, or specific birth control methods which by design prevent an already fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterine wall.
What is important about this distinction? Most birth control methods prevent fertilization. By and large, there’s no moral issue there. A single unfertilized ovum is not a living human being, and neither is any single sperm cell. When brought together, however, when the egg is fertilized, a new living human being begins to exist even if it doesn’t implant into the uterus. This is Hobby Lobby’s protest.
Hobby Lobby wants the freedom to not help facilitate drugs or particular birth control methods which affect an already fertilized ovum. Opponents are spinning this position for political purposes because at the very heart of Progressivism is unbridled sexual liberty. Sexual liberty is the notion that a woman should have the freedom to have sex as frequently or infrequently, with as many or few different partners as they desire, without the “consequence” of producing children. Essentially: I want to have sex as often as I choose and not be required to have a baby. This is why elective abortion is such a core issue with Progressives. And this is why Progressives are trying to demonize and bully Hobby Lobby into offering even more options for not having children than they already do.
Hobby Lobby understands that it’s immoral to intentionally end the life of a living human being through certain means. It is the owners of the retailer religious conviction that human life has inherent value. They don’t want to be a party to something they consider immoral. This is why it is about religious freedom.