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Monday, July 7, 2014

Disparity in #HobbyLobby coverage of men's and women's contraceptives

Last week, the Huffington Post reported that the craft store chain Hobby Lobby - granted the right to drop health care coverage for women's contraceptives because of its owners' religion, in a Supreme Court ruling - still covers vasectomies and Viagra. Many are speaking out on the injustice behind the disparity and willingness to cover men's contraceptives and treatments for erectile dysfunction, but not women's contraceptives.
Evangelical Christians have long argued that life begins at conception, and therefore that medical procedures that disrupt the first stages of pregnancy amount to murder. In the case of Hobby Lobby, this extends to a woman taking pills such as Plan B, Next Choice or Ella, any of which would prevent her ovaries from releasing an egg that could be fertilized after unprotected sex. Perhaps taking a note from Catholic Church's opposition to sterilization, Hobby Lobby also objected to long-term birth control methods such as IUDs, which can cost women up to $1,000. But that does not explain why Hobby Lobby doesn't object to covering the cost of its male employees' vasectomies.

Should Hobby Lobby have been granted the right by the Supreme Court to drop coverage of women's contraceptives? What is your reaction to the disparity in their coverage of men's and women's contraceptives? This is an important issue facing our country, we hope you will weigh in below!

1 comment:

Robert said...

This is an outrage! Women should have the right to equal health care coverage. In the words of Senator Elizabeth Warren: "The current Supreme Court has headed in a very scary direction."