I like shopping at Hobby Lobby. I have spent many thousands of dollars there over the years and I will probably continue to do so.
I also respect an individual’s right to stand up for what they believe in, even if I don’t agree with their point of view. Further, I do not believe the government should have it’s hand in religion or that religion should have any part in government. The details of that are another post for another time.
However, I have been shocked, hurt, and upset by many of the comments I have seen posted about the Supreme Court ruling today. The ruling itself, silly as it is, does not bother me so much as these responses from the public.
And so I ask:
For everyone lauding this as a win for religious freedom, when was the last time you personally offered assistance, love, and acceptance to an unwed mother? You haven’t? Then YOU are part of the problem here. YOU are part of the reason women choose to abort a baby rather than face the ridicule and scorn of carrying that baby to term. Sex happens, forced or consensual. You have not done a very good job stopping that over the centuries…and you won’t.
Plan B is available over the counter without a prescription for very little cost. This ruling is going to do nothing to limit access to that.
For a good lay discussion about IUDs, read this article on IUDs from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. While IUDs affect the lining of the uterus there is no proof that it causes “abortions”. It acts primarily by blocking sperm from reaching an egg.
But in the end, this is not just about possible abortifacients. This is on a larger level about access to any contraception which many religious groups consider sinful and for some women is life saving. I deal with this in real life every day in my practice. I can name dozens of situations where birth control has prevented suffering, prevented surgeries, and yes…saved lives. I have many who under current insurance coverage cannot afford contraception for these needs. There are even more who cannot afford it just to prevent pregnancy so they rely on Plan B.
You really want to limit abortions? Prevent pregnancy by providing contraception.
What really bothers me, though, is that this has become a question of morality. Who are any of us to stand in judgement over someone, not knowing the details of their circumstances? Wasn’t that the point Christ made when he said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?”
Now, let’s talk about sin.
Let’s assume for the sake of argument, though I feel otherwise, that taking birth control for abortion or for pregnancy prevention is a sin. Is access to birth control the sin? Must we limit all access to it because it might be used by someone for birth control even though it has many other uses (like prevention of endometrial cancer in polycystic ovarian disease)? Or is actually taking the birth control with the intent to prevent pregnancy or cause an abortion the sin? Where is the line drawn? What if it was decided that eating sunflower seeds was sinful? Is being a sunflower farmer sinful since he is providing access? Some of those seeds might be eaten by someone, you know. Or is the individual eating the sunflower seeds the one sinning?
Must we take away a woman’s right to decide what is right or wrong in her own circumstances? Is she so stupid that she cannot do that for herself? Is it necessary to protect her from the consequences of her own decisions?
And so I leave you with this:
“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.” Mahatma Gandhi