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Michael Reagan: Want birth control? Buy it yourself

cagle cartoon syndicate Published: July 11, 2014 4:00 AM

Hillary Clinton called the Hobby Lobby decision "deeply disturbing."

The White House reacted like the world had just ended.

Harry Reid promised that Democrats in Congress would "fight to preserve women's access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room."

All this liberal hysteria followed the Supreme Court's ruling that for-profit employers who have religious objections cannot be forced to provide their employees with contraception coverage under the rules of ObamaCare.

The challenge to what's left of ObamaCare in the Hobby Lobby case was brought to the Supreme Court by Hobby Lobby, a national chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians from Oklahoma.

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Hobby Lobby's owners, and the owners of other businesses that supported them, weren't seeking to deprive their 13,000 employees of all contraception coverage in their health plans, just certain kinds that they had religious and moral objections to.

The business owners didn't want to be forced by ObamaCare mandates to provide the morning-after pill and certain intrauterine devices because they considered those contraceptive methods to be the equivalent of an abortion.

Of course, liberals and progressives -- i.e., most of the mainstream Bicoastal media -- don't care what a bunch of religious people from Oklahoma think.

Freedom of religion my hat. Barack, Hillary and Harry believe "free" contraception for every American woman is a new constitutional right -- and companies should be forced to pay for every dime of it.

Hillary, showing her famous empathy for poor people like her, blurted out her knee-jerk spin: "It's very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, 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."

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Hillary got it doubly wrong. She made it seem that contraception is affordable only to non-rich people like her and that Hobby Lobby was seeking to deny its employees all contraception coverage.

But exaggeration and fear-mongering is part of the Democrat game plan. They want all women to think the Hobby Lobby ruling is just the latest campaign in the never-ending Republican/conservative war on women.

The reality of the Hobby Lobby ruling is that no one is telling women they can't get contraceptives. What they are saying is that in some cases you are going to have to pay for them yourself.

What a concept! BYOC -- Buy Your Own Contraceptives!

I have a question for all you poor women, like Hillary, who think that having to pay for your own contraception is some sort of government oppression: Did you ever think of asking the man you're having sex with to buy his own condoms? Or do you think the government should provide those also?

Nobody's taking your contraceptive options away. You still have plenty of choices. Purchase your own birth control. Don't have sex. Get a new job. Nobody is forced to go to work for Hobby Lobby or any other company. If you're not happy with your employer's contraception benefit package, find another job where they'll provide all the free things you want.


Copyright 2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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portage Jul 11, 2014 5:18 PM

childofgod my wife sure was mad as heck when Billy got caught cheating and lieing. And I knew better than to say a word about it.  Many women (both democrat and republican voters) were mad as can be and many of them did protest. I don't why you personally did not see it.  Did you have a tv at the time? 

GTO Jul 11, 2014 2:04 PM

@anothervoice, you are right on point about Hobby Lobby. 

"Interesting Hobby lobby is willing to support purchase of cheap products from companies in countries with forced abortion,as well as invest in them and pharmacheutical companies producing these contraceptives"


childofgod Jul 11, 2014 12:29 PM

"anothervoice", you are missing the point. This is truly about freedom of choice. The Hobby Lobby owners were being forced to provide something that violated their strongly held beliefs. The employees of HL are not being forced to do anything. Actually, they still have the freedom to choose any contraceptives that they want, and out of the 20 listed in Obamacare, HL agrees to pay for 16 of them. If employees want one of the other 4 (that kill the fertilized embryo), they have to pay for it themselves. It's still a great deal for the employee! ... The radical democrats are just playing politics and are not truly concerned with women's rights. If they were, why didn't we see women protesting Bill Clinton when it was proven that he's a womanizer? 

anothervoice Jul 11, 2014 12:04 PM

My point is more  the hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby, their religious freedom pick and choose. They kind of want the best of both worlds .I get the feeling you think my point is a political debate. It is not intended as such. Free market will see how their business is affected by their involvement in the narrow decision of  SCOTUS.  Hobby Lobby has made their point of how they view their religious freedoms can trump that of their employees and perhaps aware consumers will either support or reserve their purchasing choices based on that choice. Also, the two are integrally related, as, congress basically passed the RFRA to offer religious exemptions from federal law to protect First Amendment religious practice guarantees in the face of federal legislation. The courts rule seems to invoke the "corporation" is a person, cheers to big privately held coporations ability to support their profits (regardless of their economic religious hypocrisy) and control individuals' freedoms. Again, some people need the job, regardless of their personal beliefs and thus have limited choices.

redleg6 Jul 11, 2014 10:51 AM

Did the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion apply in the Hobby Lobby case? No. Instead of analyzing the case from a constitutional perspective, the high court examined whether the ACA’s contraception mandate complied with the requirements of a federal law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)......

***The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), sponsored by Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Christopher C. Cox (R-CA) was supported by a broad spectrum of conservative and liberal religious groups. It passed the Senate by a vote of 97 to 3, and the House by voice vote in 1993.

On November 16, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

If this decision is part of the alledged war against women, then blame Bill Clinton, he signed and made the RFRA law.

anothervoice Jul 11, 2014 10:13 AM

Want to agree with stanback. Interesting Hobby lobby is willing to support purchase of cheap products from companies in countries with forced abortion,as well as invest in them and pharmacheutical companies producing these contraceptives, and how about women specific policies relating to procreation, how about banning viagra coverage, or if looking to religious exemption, why not ban blood transfusions? Where do you stop with this approach Mike?. For many people, getting a job to feed their families will be more important than coverage restrictions, but why should these U.S, citizen employees of a non-religious based mission corporation, attempting to make profi,t be treated differently.

stanback Jul 11, 2014 8:09 AM

C'mon Mike, let's be honest. If you had it your way, everyone would have to pay for drugs to treat cancer, MS, Parkinsons, etc., as well. That extra cash flow would alllow you and yours to "create jobs".