“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” thus spoke Mark Twain. Now that we have had time to digest the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision on Hobby Lobby, we also need to take time and look at what is really being said. Deception and outright lies are being used as tools to deceive people and change their way of thinking. When the facts don’t meet the talking points, it is always easier to tell a lie than tell the truth.
The crux of the problem lies with the use of and understanding of two simple words: abortion, and contraception.
The following definitions were taken from the online Merriam-Websters dictionary:
abortion – the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus
contraception – deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation
According to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) legislation, no federal funds are allowed to be used for abortion coverage or abortion care.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has written thousands of pages of supplemental rules further amplifying what is contained in the PPACA legislation. These rules expand on the text of the original legislation, and supply additional direction for the implementation of the legislation.
According to the HHS final rule, released in the Federal Register on July 2, 2013:
“…Research shows that access to contraception improves the social and economic status of women. Research also shows that cost sharing can be a significant barrier to access to contraception….Thus, eliminating cost sharing is particularly critical to addressing the gender disparity of concern here…The Departments aim to advance these compelling public health and gender equity interests by providing more women broad access to recommended preventive services, including contraceptive services, without cost sharing….”
In other words, the free contraception mandate for all women was a product of unelected bureaucrats from within the HHS instead of legislation passed by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. However, neither the PPACA legislation nor the HHS rules define the methods of birth control that are approved.
To find the approved methods, we look to The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) which has approved 20 methods of what are broadly classified as birth control. Upon closer examination, we find that 13 methods are used to prevent conception, and, when their use is stopped, conception could once again take place, 3 involve complete sterilization of either the man or woman, and are basically considered non-reversable although it has been reversed some times. Finally, there are 4 approved methods used to prevent a fertilized egg from being implanted in the uterus, which meets the broad definition of abortion. It is important to note that in the Hobby Lobby case, the company was perfectly comfortable in providing 16 of the approved methods and only disapproved of 4 methods, all of which resulted in abortion.
When well known people use the benign word contraception instead of the much more volatile word abortion, they are making a political point. Justice Ginsburg who dissented on the decision said, “…The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage….” When people hear words like these, spoken by a Supreme Court Justice, they tend to take notice, and many may believe it is true when the facts totally refute those statements. False and misleading statements, regardless of who makes them result in a disservice to everyone. However, when those statements are purposefully wrong, then the most likely purpose is to rally their political base to stand with them. History has shown that the truth most often takes second place to a political point.
While many people oppose abortion, there are many others across the country who are in favor of abortion, and some even take the most extreme view and advocate for post birth abortion. This begs the question: What would have happened if all those who are in favor of abortion and post birth abortion had been aborted? Their silence on this point is deafening.
The world famous author of such books as “1984″ and “Animal Farm”, George Orwell, said it best when he said, “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Maybe we need more revolutionary acts of truth.
- Bob Hancock