When Steve Green decided he wanted to file suit against Health and Human Services, he made a statement about the importance of religious liberty. Steve and his legal counsel believe the mandate is a violation of their beliefs. Life begins at conception, according to certain Christians like Steve… and they have the constitutional right to think so. Steve wouldn’t let his hard-earned money fund abortion pills like Plan B or Ella, and neither would his toy chain, Hobby Lobby.
One small problem: Plan B PREVENTS conception. In other words, they’re not abortion pills.
According to Planned Parenthood, emergency contraception prevents ovaries from ovulating… so when a sperm enters the fallopian tube, there’s no egg to fertilize. No conception occurs, and therefore, by their own definition, life hasn’t begun in the first place.
The pro-life supporters of Hobby Lobby argue Plan B can still work after contraception… which isn’t actually the case. Only about fifty percent of fertilized eggs actually survive in the uterus regardless – so a failed pregnancy doesn’t mean emergency contraception worked.
Steve’s lawsuit teaches us something very important about our country… besides the fact that we need widespread and comprehensive sex education. This case is a classic example of ignorance packaged and sold as religious belief. If the God-fearing family behind Hobby Lobby were swiftly corrected by anyone who had taken a health class, maybe we wouldn’t be here. But in the name of religious freedom, we as a country have stayed quiet and let a case that should have been dismissed reach the Supreme Court.
And if the Supreme Court overturns the mandate, which they very well could, women around the country will be forced to give birth to children who could have never existed in the first place.
Steve Green, and all of the people out there against emergency contraception, aren’t bad or wrong. They’re misinformed. But when we give the misinformed the spotlight – or worse, massive influence — we’re not respecting their beliefs… we’re enabling their misunderstanding.
I believe in the right to religious freedom, but I don’t believe in the right to destructive carelessness.