There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the Hobby Lobby case, especially when the word “abortion” begins to creep into people's arguments of support while, at the same time, the word “contraception” gets slowly eclipsed.
Some of the methods of contraception that are the subject of the corporation’s objection have been shown by medical people not to be abortifacients, but that is being ignored to promote the abortion decoy.
The basic issue in the case is that the Affordable Care Act requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide basic preventive care, which includes contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The exceptions to this requirement are nonprofit religious organizations, not for-profit corporations.
Hobby Lobby is a for-profit corporation seeking the nonprofit religious organization exemption because of the strong religious beliefs of the family that owns the company.
This is a statement by Hobby Lobby Inc:
“We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one”.
They cannot abide abortion. They will not allow it. They will not support it.
However, in spite of their strong anti-abortion stance, Hobby Lobby imports billions of dollars of products from China. Data shows that the number of medical procedures to prevent births has been steady since the late 1990s. Chinese doctors abort roughly 7 million pregnancies, sterilize almost 2 million men and women, and insert 7million intrauterine devices each year.
But, it is okay to support the Chinese economy by buying most of your product there.
China does not allow its people religious freedom, in fact, persecution of Christians has gone up this past year with 134 cases of persecution having been reported, and those cases are because people involved in those 134 cases ignored possible retaliation for making the charge, while many more may be afraid to come forward because of it.
In China, abandonment and selective killing of female babies continues, with forced abortions still being a regular practice in China.
Also in China, Child abuse is on the rise
So while they say they are totally anti-abortion, they still buy Chinese produced products to sell in their stores.
Apparently cheap prices and cheap labor trump the opposition to abortion.
It is only a useful stance when it comes to politics. The family is politically conservative and is a top donor to a conservative religious PAC that is promoting legislation in many states that would allow people to not have to follow laws if they feel those laws are contrary to their religious beliefs, and which donates to conservative politician.
This opens the door to discriminatory practices in housing, employment, public accommodations, and other services based on religion, and returning us the days of old.
The words “we don’t serve your kind here” would make a comeback.
Politics disguised as religion is still politics.