If the Left doesn’t think single women are stupid, how else does one explain the hysterical new war on women being pushed after the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision? Listening to the Left, it’s as if the High Court had literally ripped contraception out of the hands of innocent women in an attempt to keep them from having sinful premarital sex. But that is not what happened in the court.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case narrowly allows some for-profit businesses to claim a religious exemption to the federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance benefits that fully cover contraception. The 5-4 decision was based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, bipartisan legislation signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Basically the same principle that guided the High Court’s decision in the Citizens United case is relevant in the Hobby Lobby case. If the guarantee of free speech applies to individuals and corporations, so should the “free exercise of religion” found in the next phrase of the same Amendment – regardless of who is doing the exercising. If our forefathers had wanted to restrict the scope of the free exercise of religion to the home, church or synagogue, they would have done that as well. Yet the framers purposefully omitted such restrictions.
Meanwhile, Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, criticized the ruling as “a direct attack on women and our fundamental rights” from “five male justices.” But the fact that the court’s three female justices dissented, along with Justice Stephen Breyer, is more a function of ideology rather than gender. It is also worth noting that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who provided the swing vote in the case, is a strong supporter of women’s rights and reproductive rights.
But never mind boring facts. Lefties from Wendy Davis to Sandra Fluke to Harry Reid to even the “constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office” were foaming at the mouth over the decision, and immediately jumped on the phony war on woman bandwagon, spewing shameless demagoguery clearly meant to inflame and ignite women. It was almost as if they had prepared for a “War on Woman 2.0” in advance. George Orwell would be proud.
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive 2016 presidential nominee, also wasted no time blasting the decision calling it “deeply disturbing.” She went on to say, “A sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception … is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”However, the Washington Post “Fact Checker” reviewed Clinton’s claim and gave it Two Pinocchios out of a maximum of four.
Here are the pesky facts. Hobby Lobby’s owners objected to four out of the 20 Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of contraception. In other words, Hobby Lobby will only cover the drugs it views as “preventive” (including many varieties of birth control pills) while not covering the four it believes to be “abortifacients” (such as “morning after” pills or anything that kills fertilized eggs). Furthermore, Hobby Lobby does not wish to prevent its female employees from using any of the four types of abortifacients, they simply require that any employees who want to use them, buy them with their own money. And speaking of money, Hobby Lobby just raised its minimum wage for its full time employees to $14/hour, well above the national minimum wage. Talk about a war on women!
But again, why let boring facts get in the way of a really great scare tactic? The Left and its media sycophants would rather drown single women with falsehoods, banking on the hope that women are probably not following the complex details of the Hobby Lobby case (or just too stupid to care). Never mind the terrible economy and the combo platter of scandals swirling around the White House. Better to have women focus on lack of IUDs as opposed to an insurgent ISIS. (Speaking of which, ask any woman in the Middle East what she thinks of the alleged war on women in the United States – after a good laugh, she’d swap places with any American woman in a New York minute.)
Matt K. Lewis from the Daily Caller said about the phony war on women:
“The really bad news is that there continues to be a major incentive for activists and politicians to stoke division and anger — even when that requires constructing a simplistic, or even false, narrative. The Hobby Lobby decision (and the reaction to it) is merely the latest example of this unfortunate trend.”
Having invented a bogus “war on women” concept to help defeat Mitt Romney in 2012, one can only imagine that whoever is unlucky enough to run against Hillary Clinton will be tagged as a misogynistic troglodyte who encourages gender pay inequality — and perhaps even rape.
The reality is, nobody is taking away women’s access to contraception. In a nutshell, what the Supreme Court said is if you like your morning after pills, you can keep your morning after pills. You just can’t make others pay for it.