By: Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America
Question: What do Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), a wood company owned by Mennonites, and Hobby Lobby have in common? Answer: The HHS mandate. For months, the conscientious owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, respectively, have been fighting for their constitutional right to religious liberty which has been squashed by the ACA’s contraception mandate. The mandate requires that all companies, regardless of their religious or ethical beliefs, be forced unrelentingly to provide abortion-causing drugs as part of their healthcare plans. If the companies refuse, even on grounds of conscience, they will face crippling fines that will shut them down in turn. To make matters worse, these companies cannot simply stop providing healthcare coverage, or – you guessed it – more crippling fines will ensue and effectively shut them down.
Today, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue their long-fought case before the Supreme Court. The companies are fighting for the integrity of their right to religious liberty, and they are doing so to ensure an even more fundamental right: the right to life.
Major media outlets and rabidly pro-abortion websites like Mother Jones have mocked Hobby Lobby’s reason for fighting the mandate, that is, that contraceptives like the Pill and Plan B are abortifacients. They cite claims that these drugs do not have the ability to cause an abortion, but these conclusions have only been reached because they rely on modified definitions of “pregnancy” that claim a woman is not pregnant until her newly-conceived child has implanted in her womb.
This is shoddy science at best, and embryology universally recognizes the existence of a unique human being from the moment of fertilization, not implantation. Nevertheless, the definition of pregnancy-as-implantation that has been adopted by some prominent medical organizations erroneously suggests that, when an embryo is destroyed or expelled by drugs such as Plan B and the Pill, an abortion does not occur since the woman was not – they claim – “pregnant” in the first place. This is semantics at its finest and a shoddy excuse for denying scientific reality.
In addition to serving as class one carcinogens to the women who ingest them, the drugs that are being mandated by healthcare plans within the ACA are proven threats to the lives of innumerable pre-born children. Regardless of the delusional semantics that have been employed by abortion zealots to argue otherwise, drugs like the birth control pill and the morning after pill are proven abortifacients that can end human life by making the womb inhospitable to embryos that have already been conceived in the woman’s body. As a result, these children can die and be expelled from a woman’s body without her ever knowing that she had conceived.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood have courageously taken a stand against the antic of an administration that would force them to be party to unconscionable acts. In the face of being fined out of business, these companies and their owners have chosen to put the right to life before the fecundity of their coffers. We stand with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and every business that believes in doing what is right for the most vulnerable among us.