+ Viagra – Birth Control = Baby
Hobby Lobby stated from the beginning that it isn’t against all forms of birth control, just certain ones such as Plan B, Ella and intrauterine devices. Hobby Lobby does provide insurance coverage for 16 other forms of birth control, including pills that prevent ovulation.
But Hobby Lobby’s insurance also covers Viagra and penis pumps. Many see the hypocrisy in this, but there is a need to define the specific elements of this hypocrisy.
Hobby Lobby, by opposing these forms of birth control, is aligning itself with the beliefs of the Catholic Church and Fundamentalists that life begins at conception. Plan B, Ella and intrauterine devices interfere with conception.
These religious factions believe that contraceptives such as Plan B—which prevents a pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, thereby preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg—are interfering with conception. The conclusion is that this method of prevention of a pregnancy is tantamount to the termination of a pregnancy.
Science and medical experts agree that these contraceptives do not terminate life and are not abortifacients. As former FDA Assistant Commissioner Susan Wood said: “These products are not abortifacients. And their only connection to abortion is that it can prevent the need for one.”
Consider this: If a man were unable to impregnate a woman due to flaccidity and the inability to penetrate, then the issue of conception would be moot.
But that goes against the Catholic Church and Fundamentalists belief that men and women must be fruitful and multiply.
So there is insurance coverage for Viagra and penis pumps because their usage makes impregnation, and continuing procreation, possible. The religious thinking is that a man should always be able to penetrate a woman, increasing the chances of impregnating her, thereby fulfilling God’s decree.
It makes us suspect that some corporations, certain religious entities, the Supreme Court, and now Senate Republicans condone the thinking that women should be treated as mere receptacles for men’s sperm, and incubators for fetuses.
No corporation, no religious entity, no court and no politician should be able to negate a woman’s right to make a personal choice about her own reproductive health; especially since choice is the core element of freedom.