I have a confession to make. I really love Hobby Lobby. I love the endless aisles of craft supplies, the seasonal merchandise that’s always at a discount and the thousands of tchotchkes that I just can’t live without.
I also hate Hobby Lobby. They’re never open on Sunday when the creative spark hits me (yeah, I know they give their employees a day off to worship but still I need my crafty fix). Christmas starts in July, yet I can’t ever find an item in the store for Chanuka. And then there’s that little health care thing. Hobby Lobby’s been fighting the provision in the Affordable Health Care Act that mandates that employer sponsored health insurance cover contraception for religious reasons. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor.
Before I go any further, I do want to be clear that H0bby Lobby does not object to birth control itself. They provide coverage in their plan for 16 of the 20 drugs. So, it’s not an argument over contraception. Hobby Lobby fought to not have to pay for Plan B, ella and intrauterine devices, which work after an egg is fertilized. This is really an argument over abortion, which last time I checked was 100% legal.
Roe vs. Wade. Regardless of what you morally think of abortion, it’s been legal for a woman to decide to terminate a pregnancy until viability since 1973. That’s most of my life. While I understand Hobby Lobby’s religious stance against abortion, I believe that women should have the right to make the choice. Especially, since it’s legal. However, I do understand and respect where they’re coming from, but it’s not going to stop their employees from taking the drugs, just them paying for them.
Hobby Lobby no longer has to pay for Plan B. Big deal. It’s fairly inexpensive and honestly, if one of their employees feels the need to terminate a pregnancy, it’s available over the counter so they can’t be stopped. ella, is prescription only, but again, it’s not that expensive so it’s still easy for an employee to get. Intrauterine devices? They can get pricey. This is where Hobby Lobby may really hurt their employees and it has nothing to do with abortion.
I’m a middle-aged mom going through perimenopause and guess what? I have a Mirena IUD. I did not make this choice for contraception- it was the only option I felt was viable to control heavy bleeding during my periods. The other options presented to me by my gynecologist a few years ago included ablation and the possibility that I may eventually need to have a hysterectomy. Since both were invasive, I chose to start with Mirena and see how it went. It’s been a lifesaver but it’s not cheap without insurance. It can cost up to $900.
Last time I looked around my local Hobby Lobby there were lots of women that looked like me and if they have similar problems and want to choose to use an IUD as a solution, it’s no longer covered under their insurance. At $14 an hour, it would take at least 85 hours of work (I am taking into account taxes but not insurance premiums deducted from the check) to pay for one. That’s probably out of reach for many. But that’s not what I see as the only problem.
Hobby Lobby no longer has to pay for contraception as a for-profit, privately held company according to the Supreme Court. How long do you think it will take before owners of other companies start fighting provisions in their plans for religious reasons like vaccinations and blood transfusions? While the court has made it clear that this ruling only applies to contraception, that’s only for now. You can be sure there will be more coming down the pike.
But back to my original conundrum. The fact that I can’t get enough of the crafty giant. I think in the future I’m going to have to get my fix another way. I may have to go across town to JoAnn Fabrics or up to Michaels on the corner even if they don’t have the same selection. At least they give their employees, the right to choose.