Citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which was authored by Democrats and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court said closely held corporations, defined by the IRS as a business run by five or fewer individuals owning more that 50 percent of a company's stock, could opt out of covering products that work specifically “postfertilization” (as opposed to contraception that merely prevents fertilization).
The Supreme Court did not, however, attempt to ban any form of contraception. The court's decision in the case involving the owners of Hobby Lobby had to do with very specific types of abortifacients and pro-life objections from the store owners. These "postfertilization" products are still available and anyone can buy them. The owners of Hobby Lobby just don't have to pay for it, the Supreme Court ruled. But judging by some of the ludicrous rhetoric out by Democratic lawmakers, you'd never know this.
Indeed, based on recent remarks from leading Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid you'd think that the Supreme Court had launched a private jihad against contraception.
Obviously, this is not the case. But never let facts get in the way of a good fundraising pitch based on the so-called “war on women,” right? Right.
So with the help of the Washington Post's Glen Kessler, here's a quick list of seven Democrats who have proved that they have no idea what the Hobby Lobby ruling was about:
7. Pelosi, D-Calif., June 10: “Really, we should be afraid of this court. The five guys who start determining what contraceptions are legal. Let’s not even go there.”
6. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., June 30: “This is deeply troubling because you have organized religions that oppose health care, period. So if you have an employer who is a member of an organized religion and they decide, you know, I wouldn't provide health care to my own family because I object religiously, I'm not going to allow any kind of health-care treatment.”
5. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., June 30: “What they’ve done ... is taken away the religious freedom of their employees. They have to comply with the religious freedom of their employers.”
4. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., July 1: “You know, what I am objecting to is that these bosses should not be able to tell their employees that they cannot use birth control. Motherhood is not a hobby. That is what I am objecting to.”
3. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., July 9: “The U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision opened the door to unprecedented corporate intrusion into our private lives. Coloradans understand that women should never have to ask their bosses for a permission slip to access common forms of birth control.”
2. Reid, D-Nev., July 8: “The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we are going to do something about it” (Justice Clarence Thomas, who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, is not white).
1. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., July 10: “Before the Hobby Lobby decision, the fight against corporate influence was mainly about making sure real people and their ideas were in charge of elections. But now it is no longer just about a democracy; it is about keeping corporations out of our private lives, out of our bedrooms, and out of our religious decisions.”
The sad thing about these misleading statements is that it’s more likely Democratic lawmakers are purposely being dishonest with the Hobby Lobby ruling than it is that they’re really this ignorant.
Think about it: The midterm elections are just around the corner, the president's approval numbers are in the can, everyone hates Congress, and Obamacare is a giant albatross around the Democratic Party's neck. What better time to roll out the "war on women” meme while going after “old white males” for supposedly forcing the patriarchy (or something) on a specific group of voters?
The Hobby Lobby ruling proves that Republicans want to take us back to the time of cavemen! Send us $10 and vote Democrat this November!