We turn now to the Pope-is-Catholic and Water-is-Wet file to learn that Karl Rove lied on Fox News Channel today (shocking, I know), repeating that the Affordable Care Act covers abortion-inducing morning after pills. It doesn’t. Today on Fox News Channel:
“It was not about contraception. [Hobby Lobby] accepted the contraception that was included in the HHS mandate. What they objected to were three drugs, and one device that were designed to end a pregnancy — to terminate a pregnancy. Morning after pills, for example. And this was deeply offensive to the religious beliefs of the two families who owned these companies. And the question was, should the government cause them to violate their deepest personal beliefs? The good news is that the government had no such right.”
This is absurdly, obscenely wrong. Once again, and I can’t stress this enough: none of the pills or devices covered by the ACA “terminate a pregnancy.” The mandate only covers meds that intervene in ovulation and fertilization of an egg. When these meds interact with the female body, there is no pregnancy — there is no conception. Therefore, there is no abortion.
Yet the Supreme Court used this grotesquely false interpretation of these pharmaceuticals as a means of allowing corporations to circumvent all contraception, including the meds and devices that Hobby Lobby didn’t object to.
In the bigger picture, the Hobby Lobby suit clearly began because the owners don’t like Obamacare because they don’t like Obama. Ultimately, it’s not about abortion or contraception. It’s about hating Obama.
This is a dark day for the Court and a much darker day for reproductive rights.