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What Does the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Cover?

by   -  July 16th, 2014

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past week, you’ve surely heard something about Hobby Lobby. Whether it’s cropped up as a news article, or an outraged post on your Facebook feed, everyone everywhere has an opinion. Evidently, I’m no different.

I’ll be honest, when I first heard the news, as an American woman, I was outraged. How can we repeal women’s rights, not to mention breaking through the corporate veil, to allow a corporation to impose the religious propensity of their owners? It’s preposterous. It’s not as though these same people are also trying to limit a man’s ability to have sex. No one seems to be zoning in on Viagra as a source of at least part of the problem. I mean, c’mon, let’s get real – if a man can get it up in the first place, they’re part of the problem, right? Okay… I’m being a bit sardonic, but still, you get the point. I still think the ruling made on June 30th, 2014 by the United States Supreme Court is still absurd. However, upon further research, I’m not as completely outraged as I once was.

Here’s why:

Though the ruling does, in fact, allow Hobby Lobby and other limited corporations to impose their religious beliefs into their insurance mandate, and thus bypassing some of the Affordable Care Act, the impact (at least for now) is small. For now, it only allows them to make adjustments to the contraceptives section of the Affordable Healthcare Act. I refuse to be just another one of the doomsayers that will say this ruling is nothing more than a slippery slope waiting to happen, though the possibility is very real in our current political climate.

Instead, I want to focus on some key facts that many articles seem to conveniently gloss over. Even Hillary Clinton, presumed Democratic Presidential nominee frontrunner, glossed this bit of news over…

Hobby Lobby birth control

Hobby Lobby isn’t banning all contraceptives.

Yep, you read that right. What they are really opposed to are the contraceptives that border (in their minds) on abortion. So of the 20 birth control methods available, there are only four they oppose and will not cover in their medical insurance plan, thanks to the new ruling.

16 Birth Control Methods Still Covered by Hobby Lobby

1. Sterilization surgery for women

2. Sterilization implants for women

3. Sterilization surgery for men

4. Implantable rod

5. Copper implantable IUD

6. Hormonal (progestin) implantable IUD

7. Shot/injection

8. Oral contraceptives (combined estrogen/progestin and progestin only versions)

9. Patch

10. Vaginal contraceptive ring

11. Male condoms

12. Diaphragm with spermicide

13. Sponge with spermicide

14. Cervical cap with spermicide

15. Female condom

16. Spermicide

As you can see, if you want to really be in control of your reproductive health, many options are still yours, should you choose to be employed by a company willing to impose their beliefs into your medical insurance policy. Of course, this assumes that you have a certain level of responsibility in intentional prevention before you do the deed. If you slip up and have unprotected sex, then want to ensure there is no unwanted pregnancy; you're out of luck.

4 Contraceptive Methods Hobby Lobby Will Ban

1. Plan B

2. Plan B One Step

3. Next Choice

4. Ella

While to some this distinction probably isn’t as comforting as if the Court ruled in the favor of employees, to me, it gives me a bit of breathing room for the company itself. There is a fine line to walk between religious freedom and a woman’s right to choose. However, I feel that women still (at least for now) have that right by refusing to work for a company who doesn’t uphold their own beliefs. They have the choice to work elsewhere, or heck, start their own competing company if she has a calling to do so. Whichever way you look at it, the ruling is standing for now and we have to deal with the repercussions of that ruling until further notice. So the question is, are we going to make the best of it? Or let it get the best of us?


is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.


Sequoia says at 2017-10-26 11:36:09

Thanks for coittiburnng. It's helped me understand the issues.

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