Six lies the media tells about the contraception mandate

Obama and Sebilius

Obama and Sebilius

The following comes from a Mar. 24 story on The Federalist.

This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious beliefs. The outcome of the combined cases, popularly styled Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, will shape how government interacts with religious Americans for decades to come. It is no overstatement to say that an adverse outcome would banish from public life many Americans who wish to go on operating their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs, as they have for decades.

But a funny thing happens if you pick up a newspaper covering these cases. The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to violate their consciences. The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available before the contraception mandate, and still is. The papers omit to mention that it isn’t the businesses who have radically changed, but the mandates from government.

Quite simply, if you read a newspaper to find out about the contraception mandate cases, you will read lies. Here are the top six.

Lie 1. The contraception mandate cases are about women’s rights.

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak puts it right there in the first sentence: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case that pits religious liberty against women’s rights.” This could not be further from the truth. Women will have the same constitutional rights to acquire and use contraception regardless of whether Hobby Lobby wins or loses. More than that, they’ll have the exact same rights as they had before the contraception mandate was a gleam in Sec. Sebelius’ eye. What women won’t have is the right to force other people to pay for their contraception, but that has never been a right recognized by the Supreme Court….

Lie 2. The contraception mandate cases are about gay rights.

In USA Today, Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards paint a picture of a world where a decision in favor of religious owners’ decision not to provide contraception coverage unleashes numerous horrors unrelated to contraception coverage, including the possibility that businesses could turn away gay customers. Setting aside the fact that it is already legal for businesses to turn away gay customers in more states than not, this is the classic reductio ad absurdum, wherein letting businesses continue to operate as they have for decades will somehow unleash an apocalypse of discrimination heretofore avoided….

Lie 3. The contraception mandate cases are about for-profit corporate rights.

Let’s flip back to the New York Times. Liptak repeatedly emphasizes that this case involves for-profit corporations seeking special treatment. This is a red herring. The beliefs of Hobby Lobby’s owners are just the same as the beliefs of thousands of owners of non-profit corporations who Sec. Sebelius exempted from the mandate. Importantly, the First Amendment’s free exercise clause and RFRA protection of religious belief does not carve out people who organize in certain corporate forms. Indeed, the corporate form goes unmentioned in both the free exercise clause and RFRA….

Lie 4. Corporations cannot exercise religion.

This Sunday’s New York Times took a particularly harsh tone when criticizing businesses that operate according to their owners’ religious beliefs, claiming: “for-profit corporations are not ‘persons’ capable of prayer or other religious behavior, which is a quintessentially human activity.” Again, note the emphasis on “for-profit,” because it is indisputable that non-profit corporations are capable of “religious behavior….”

Lie 5. Corporations are asking for dangerous new rights.

When all else fails, expect leftists to portray something they don’t like as harmful and new, even if it’s really old and innocuous. That’s just what Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur did when he suggested that a ruling in favor of religious liberty would be “a slippery slope to lawlessness.” In fact, the plaintiffs in these cases are simply asking for things to go back to the way they were in 2009, when they weren’t compelled by law to violate their religious consciences….

Lie 6. Government has a compelling interest in forcing companies to provide birth control.

To survive a challenge under RFRA, the government must demonstrate a “compelling governmental interest” and employ the “least restrictive means” of furthering that interest. That’s why a great deal of coverage, and indeed the government’s own briefing, is devoted to claiming that birth control is an unmitigated good and direly needed by women who will somehow be unable to get it if religious businesses aren’t forced to provide it.

This claim is complete bunk. First, the vast majority of businesses provided contraception coverage for their employees before the mandate became effective and continue to do so now that it has. Only a small number of businesses, most of which are not very large, are seeking an exemption based on their religious belief. Second, Sec. Sebelius has already exempted 190 million people from the contraception mandate, either because they work for non-profit corporations or because their plans were “grandfathered” when Obamacare became effective….

To read the entire story, click here.

Compilation of items regarding arguments presented at the Supreme Court yesterday in the “Hobby Lobby” Religious Freedom case:
Transcript of Oral Arguments
Rep. Diane Black Holds Press Conference on HHS Mandate

Video  clips from Special Order:
Member Press Releases (updated):

News clips:
Reuters: Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims
AP: Birth Control Rule Seems To Divide Supreme Court
McClatchy: Expect a Close Ruling as Supreme Court Weights Contraception Coverage
USA Today: Supreme Court seeks compromise in contraception case
New York Times: Justices Seem Divided on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule
Washington Post: Supreme Court Divided as it Hears Argument on Contraceptive Coverage
Baltimore Sun: Protestors Mark Supreme Court Hearing on Contraceptives
Wall Street Journal: Live Blog, Contraception Cases at the Supreme Court
CNN: Court Majority Harshly Critical of Obamacare Contraception Mandate
NPR: Justices Divide By Gender in Hobby Lobby Contraception Case
PBS News Hour: Can Corporations Exercise Religious Rights?
FoxNews: High Court Clash Over Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate
International Business Times: Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case Sparks Fierce Battle
Newsweek: In Hobby Lobby Case, Kennedy Looks Like the Swing Vote
Religion News Service: Supreme Court Takes Up Hobby Lobby’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate
Daily Caller: Hobby Lobby counsel: ‘The general tenor of the questions was in our favor’
The Hill: High Court Split on Birth Control Mandate
National Journal: SCOTUS Skeptical of Birth-Control Mandate
Politico: Takeaways from the Hobby Lobby Arguments
Politico: Justices Skeptical of White House Position
Politico: 9 Justices to Watch
SCOTUS Blog: Argument Recap, One Hearing, Two Dramas

Op-eds:
Rich Lowry: The War on Hobby Lobby
Carrie Severino in National Review: Kennedy the Swing Vote, But Breyer Wavers Too
Fox News, Christian Medical Association: Two Courageous Families Fight for our Freedoms at Supreme Court
Kathleen Parker: Hobby Lobby case creates unexpected allies in Dershowitz and Starr
Jon Healy, LA Times: Contraception exemptions may help Hobby Lobby win Obamacare battle

 

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  1. Father Karl says:

    Nancy Pelosi just stated that pro lifers are dumb because they think life begins at conception. WHERE is the outcry from the bishops over this? Catholics, liturgically speaking, celebrate the feast of the Annunciation on March 25th, which is 9 months before Christmas. We also celebrate Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception on December 8th, which is 9 months before her birthday. What planet has this air head been on, and who taught her religion classes? It is one thing to be thought a fool, but whenever Nancy speaks, there is no doubt.

    • Good question. Where are the Bishops? Why don’t they publically correct the Mortal Sin of public Scandal by those who advertise themselves to be ‘Catholic’.
      Where is the formal excommunication?
      Or by their silence is abortion ok ?

      ” Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion. ”
      and
      ” Can. 1399 In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals.”

      SCANDAL: CCC #2284, 2285, 2286, and 2326.

    • Father wouldn’t you agree that one of the reason this mandate is possibly going to be implemented is because lack of leadership from the Bishops ? Over the past 50 years the acceptance of evil is being compared to Rights and not a word about saving souls from Hell. God Bless you Father and your courage.

  2. Let us remember that OBAMA makes fun of the Bible and also the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Mt 5:2-11.
    As usual he purposely TWISTS the meaning for his own political purposes.

    Obama is not a Christian (follower of Christ) based upon his own words in this short video. And this is why he blantantly disregards the Faith of all Christians.
    Obama only uses the word “God” – to gain political points in any of his conversations.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnmS_vULPxw

  3. Father Karl says:

    Very recently, while visiting a relative who worked for General Motors, I saw a pamphlet from the UAW which viciously attacked everyone who voted against VW becoming unionized in the south. It was full of lies, but no one questioned it. While waiting for my car to be serviced last week, the TV was on, and it was the TODAY SHOW. The hosts were singing the praises of Elton John, and basically canonizing him. Then Gloria Steinman (sp), the women’s liberation founder was on the program and the hosts heaped tons of accolades upon her, saying she was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Millions of Americans (and Canadians I guess) saw this show, and all former employees of the automobile industry received that above mentioned pamphlet in the mail. All these lies are being circulated, and believed by the majority of people. Very few bother to investigate to see if the facts are right, and as a result, you have a nation full of Obamaites and liberal socialists. Catholics are not being taught the truth, either in the home, at school or at Mass, and so they go along with the mis information that is being handed out by the press. The communist inspired media is running our country, as well as many other nations. Until Catholics pray, and ask for guidance from the Holy Ghost, He will not grant them wisdom and knowledge, and He will not give them His spirit of truth. Ignorance and falsehood are from the devil, and he is having a field day with all the happy morons.

  4. “First, the vast majority of businesses provided contraception coverage for their employees before the mandate became effective and continue to do so now.”

    This is true, and also exposes that there’s a lot of religious hypocrisy going on here. Millions of Catholics contribute to health care plans at work that cover contraception and abortion. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall hearing of a single Catholic quitting his or her job in protest over this reality (or even opting out of his/her health coverage at work), or a single bishop encouraging them to do so. States have had very similar mandates for decades—the law is modeled on legislation that’s long been in place in California and Connecticut—and not a word from anyone, lay or clergy. In fact, when Archbishop Cordileone was Bishop of Oakland, he readily admitted in the diocesean newspaper that Catholic Charities East Bay has long been in compliance with the HHS mandate. It’s not like either the Bishops or Catholics at large have suddenly “got religion” about contraception.

  5. Life Lady says:

    So, there are a lot of questions regarding “where are the bishops!” which makes me wonder, “where are all the faithful?!” in all of this. There are some wise words from “Fr. Karl” which suggest that the outrage, to me, is not in the bishop’s LACK of response, but in how pervasive the corruption and mis information is in society as a whole. We Catholics are called in a special way to a life that no one else on the planet, unless you are a faithful Catholic, lives. We are first of all called to love God first and then our neighbor as ourselves. Unless we live that first precept as called to do (with our whole heart, mind, body, and soul), and then practice the second one to perfection (pray for those who persecute us, and speak the truth whenever we can) we will not be “given” the Spirit that we need, which is that Spirit of Understanding, Discernment, Holy Fear of God, all those gifts which come with that Holy Spirit. When we fall to our knees, and PRAY for our bishops, they will likely receive the courage and the understanding to speak. But we “faithful” crying in our collective shoes and complaining that they do nothing, WE ARE THE PROBLEM to begin with, especially when we KNOW that the solution is not in plackards, but in prayer. That is a fact that has been demonstrated more and more in the bible, in the works of the Apostles, in our holy traditions, and still, I hear “where are the bishops?” when I know that that expression is a divisive question. The answer to those who roar that question is “where are YOU, friend, where are you?”

    • With respect Life Lady I have been along with my family here on our knees praying for our leaders to step up with the same amount of energy involving immigration with this as I’m sure you have. To answer your question where are “YOU” this should explain. You’re right and Heaven should be over flowing with prayers for the Pope, Bishops and Cardinals ect ect ect.

  6. Jack McCallum says:

    Contraception has always been about the Haves pushing population control over the Have-Less and the Have-Nots.

    They’d rather provide contraceptives than food. And contraceptives are darn cheap.

  7. Linda Maria says:

    The thinking of today’s post-1960s “hippie liberal world”– is far too babyish, selfish, and immature! Vatican II-style “hippie liberal permissiveness” is resulting in the total destruction and demise of our Church, and of Christianity, and of the whole world! Many souls are tragically lost, as a result! So sad!! It takes a great deal of MATURE ADULT THINKING, ADULT VIRTUE, ADULT SELF-CONTROL, a solid WORK ETHIC, and ADULT-STYLE Catholicism and Christianity, to make a true Church, for Christ, as well as a great Christian country! Christ’s teachings are VERY GREAT!! NOT for immature babies! Christ is also NOT a self-styled, entertaining “personality,” of fluctuating human whims and ideas— and His Church is NOT a silly, self-designed “suit your personality and whims”-[ kind of endeavor! Christ’s teachings are of God Himself! Exact, and definite, and very, very serious! The Church is Impersonal, exact, correct, and of Almighty God, Who is Impersonal, Eternal, and Changeless! He is there to sanctify and save your SOUL, ( NOT your silly “personality,” and “personal whims!”) and lead you to Heaven! One can save personal, secular enjoyments, whims, pleasures, entertainments, and such pursuits– for outside of Church! The Church is DEFINITELY a VERY SERIOUS and HOLY PLACE!! NOT something silly and re-created into an immature “Land of Liberal, Irresponsible, Immoral, Permissive, self-styled Anti-Authority, rebellious Hippies!” It is the duty of the Church, to “Christianize” God’s people, to teach and guide them. and to form them in Christ! If the Church fails to do her job for Christ– the Devil will take over the world, which is his domain anyway, and all will be lost! The leaders of our Church need desperately to TAKE CHRIST SERIOUSLY, and to GROW UP, become Christ’s faithful clergy, and lead the whole world to Him!

  8. mike magee says:

    Spin, spin, spin. This article certainly spins things to a certain point of view. I think the ultimate question is what happens if the Court decides in favor of those who oppose providing birth control. Assuming that the employer insurance premium declines [since coverage is eliminated], will the employer use that amount to increase coverage in other areas? Or will some employers pocket the savings? The employer action itself will, in my opinion, speak volumes.

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