Reader's View: Letter tried to shame women for having sex
The July 10 letter, “Hobby Lobby offers 16 methods of contraception,” stated, “Let’s be honest; if you need a ‘plan B’ option then you are essentially asking your employer to pay for your poor life choice. Hobby Lobby offered for free 16 options so employees wouldn’t need a ‘plan B.’ ”
I found “poor life choice” to be ignorant of a woman’s need for “plan B”-type contraceptives. Would you tell a woman who was raped that she should not have access to “plan B” because she made a “poor life choice?” Would you tell a woman that because the condom broke she made a “poor life choice?” Would you tell a woman who accidentally missed a pill or two in a month that she made a “poor life choice?”
We know Hobby Lobby objected to four types of birth control (which the company had paid for with no objections prior to the Affordable Care Act mandate) and still pays for 16 other types of birth control. But what we didn’t immediately know is the Supreme Court ruling could allow an employer with a religious objection to deny payment through insurance for all forms of birth control. This opens the door for employers with religious objections to expand the denial to all forms of birth control.
The emergency contraception denied by Hobby Lobby is used only by women. And medical professionals would argue it is not abortion. The letter’s statement regarding “poor life choices” was shaming women for having sex.
Women should have access to affordable medical care, including birth control and emergency contraception, without the interference of their employers’ religious belief or men who would judge them for “poor life choices.”
Kelly D. Boedigheimer