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One of the "interesting" aspects of the Hobby Lobby case is that it is based on the false assertion that the birth control methods in question are "abortifacient."  Apparently this is a widely held belief.  I keep reading comments to the effect that, "Hobby Lobby shouldn't have to pay for abortions," or "Hobby Lobby is fine with covering regular birth control pills, just not the abortifacient ones."  Surprisingly, SCOTUS did not even address the scientific evidence underlying this assumption, but rather, chose to accept Hobby Lobby's "belief" as being sufficient.  But, what does science tell us about the situation?

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  •  Science tells us (1+ / 0-)
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    that putting an aspirin between your knees is an abortifacient too since the sperm ends up being spilled elsewhere and the egg gets flushed out of the body.  Thus the aspirin prevented the baby from being born.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:10:51 PM PDT

  •  you have to understand their worldview (3+ / 0-)
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    which is that, not only does life begin at conception, which means every fertilized egg is endowed with personhood, even before implantation but that every lost fertilized egg (what is that, 50% or more?) represents a lost person.  Add to this the belief that any barrier to contraception is a form of abortion because it prevents a potential person or an abortion of said person.  This means condoms where, in Africa, the RCC has ruled that condom use, even by married people with an HIV positive partner is a sin.  The reasoning behind this is that secondary to disease prevention is the possibility a pregnancy may be prevented and hence is a sin.  The faithful are advised to trust to God to prevent infection or the infection of any children born to that union.  For that reason, in some areas HIV infection rates run around 60%.  

    •  Since the #1 killer of human beings (1+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil their viewpoint, is spontaneous abortion...

      Then contraceptives are the greatest lifesaving advance in the history of medicine.

      Even if they occasionally DID cause a miscarriage, that would be MORE than made up by the millions of abortions prevented.

      Fertilization is NOT conception.  If you do IVF and implant a number of fertilized eggs/blastocysts, the woman is not pregnant until implantation has occurred.

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:52:21 PM PDT

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      •  God is the Original Abortionist then, in their (1+ / 0-)
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        worldview if we accept a fertilized egg as being a potential human.  However since they also preach abstinence, what is the difference between using a condom and just saying "No"?  After all, both result in the "abortion" of a "potential human" so what is the difference?

    •  No, it's every SPERM that is sacred (1+ / 0-)
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      and any interference with the sperm meeting its destiny (i.e. fertilizing an egg) is sacrilegious.

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 04:00:46 AM PDT

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  •  This is much less a diary than a drive (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, TheBlaz, terrypinder, Stwriley

    to push traffic to your blog. Why couldn't you post the whole thing here and have a discussion about it?

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    by Kitsap River on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:18:18 PM PDT

    •  Seriously. (1+ / 0-)
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      Some of the best political blogs I used to read were done by people double posting here and at their personal blog.

      Posting the whole thing might make people interested in reading more of your writing. What you've given us here makes me deliberately avoid your blog.

      •  I am new here, thx for your input (0+ / 0-)

        I do not understand why this would make someone "deliberately avoid my blog," but I appreciate you informing me of it.  I was not aware that posting the introductory paragraph followed by a link to the rest of the blog was frowned upon at Daily Kos.  

        BTW, speaking of things I don't understand here, for some reason I am not seeing the "recommend" button under people's comments.  I would love to "recommend" you but cannot find any way to do that.  I am using Chrome as my browser, maybe there is a conflict??

        Anyway, thx again for your feedback!

    •  simply less labor intensive to link to it (0+ / 0-)

      If I re-post the whole thing (which I did with the last couple) I have to re-do all the formatting and links; unless there is a way around that which I am not aware of?  I don't know HTML.  thx for the input.

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