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Letter: Media’s coverage of Hobby Lobby inaccurate

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From: Cynthia Workman


To the editor:

A great deal of controversy and argument has arisen over whether or not Hobby Lobby has a right to deny certain types of health coverage to their employees. Specifically, the type of health coverage in dispute has been called contraceptives in the media.

Hobby Lobby offers their employees — almost 70 percent of whom are women — a comprehensive health care plan, including contraceptives. According to the company, Hobby Lobby has “no objection to 16 FDA approved contraceptives, required by law that do not interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg.” They already provide health care coverage for contraceptives.

Contraceptives, according to Webster’s dictionary, are “things that are done to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant.” An example of a preventative contraceptive would be a condom. An abortifacient, according to the same dictionary, is “an agent (as a drug) that induces abortion.”

An example of an abortifacient would be the drug RU486, also known as Mifeprex or Early Option. A contraceptive and an abortifacient are not the same thing. One prevents pregnancy, and one ends pregnancy.

There are 16 contraceptives provided for in health care plans by Hobby Lobby that do not conflict with their deeply held religious convictions. There are four that are widely available and inexpensive that the Green families, owners of Hobby Lobby, believe violates their religious conviction that life begins at conception.

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