It’s not often I get political up in here, but it’s been long over due. Things happen in the world that upset me. I sometimes find myself digging myself in this deep, deep hole of despair because something awful is happening half way across the planet and there’s nothing I can do about it. In order to protect myself from these feelings of guilt and hopelessness I try to avoid knowing too much about things that don’t directly affect me. My fiance gets mad at my purpose-driven ignorance. He wants to know why I don’t want to cry about Russia instead of making pop corn and watching Star Wars.
I don’t like to cry.
And so that is that.
But sometimes things hit close to home and I can’t really avoid them. The American in me is really upset about this whole Hobby Lobby business. I’d like to think my reasons are unique, but I know I’m not alone. I’m mad because there are fellow citizens, people I love!, who think it’s perfectly okay. Whether religious or patriotic there are definite loopholes you should be questioning. There is an underlying issue here and I feel like we’re being blindsided to ignore the bigger picture.
So by now I’m sure that you know that Hobby Lobby still offers not only Viagra and vasectomies under their employee insurance plans, but also covers a number of options for women-folk as well. However, because Hobby Lobby got to pick and choose what drugs they wanted to disclude from their policies, their actions have inspired other companies to seek reasons to not cover birth control at all. After all, it is messing with God’s plan.
I’m sure you’re aware that birth control is for other things besides promiscuity, right? For example: I recently got a Paragard IUD (which is a total no-no according to Hobby Lobbists). I have been mostly anti-hormonal birth control until recently. Back in June of this year I got my IUD. I am in a monogamous relationship. Our money is tight and we can not afford more children right now. Should I stop having sex with my soon-to-be-husband because of that? I truly hope you’ve just said “no” as an answer. It should be the same answer if I were to ask you if women were supposed to go untreated for any other ailment that can be cured or treated with regular birth control methods.
Birth control pills prevent ovulation. The so-called “morning-after” pill is just a really hefty dose of the birth control pill. I totally get why a Christian company would be against an emergency contraceptive though. If you did the deed and didn’t plan ahead then maybe you should deal with the consequences (except in horrible situations like rape, etc.). And if you want an emergency contraceptive then you should have to pay for it. I’d personally be embarrassed to ask.
Now just because an egg is fertilized doesn’t necessarily mean that it will develop into an embryo. Conception is generally defined as when a fertilized egg is implanted in the endometrium lining of the uterus. Fertilization is not generally defined as conception because even without birth control the fertilized egg does not always implant. Not all meetings of a sperm and egg become an embryo.
Assuming IUDs do their job an egg should never become fertilized, what with the magical anti-sperm powers of IUDs these days. Because IUDs also make the uterus inhabitable, Hobby Lobby has labeled them as potential abortifacients and therefore they are paired alongside the emergency contraceptives. Who cares that it’s one of the most convenient birth control options on the market? Not these guys.
What gets me most is the hypocrisy. The pill (regular ol’ birth control) can do the same thing! The pill can also makes the lining of your uterus so it is less likely to accept a fertilized egg. Almost all birth control controls ovulation, thickens cervical mucous, slows down the transport of eggs through the fallopian tubes, and has a back up plan of creating an unsafe environment for a potential fertilized egg. If you’re going to claim religious freedoms then at least do it all the way.
I feel like because Hobby Lobby won their battle, there is nothing stopping an onslaught of now-valid arguments about what women can and can’t do with their bodies.
It’s a matter of bodily integrity, really. By drawing lines around who has a say about what I do with my body is scary. I don’t appreciate it. Things happen in the world that upset me, but this makes me foam at the mouth.