Accuracy in Media


The summer of Hillary Clinton’s discontent continues with The Washington Post Fact Checker giving the former First Lady and Secretary of State two Pinocchios for her inaccurate comments on the recently decided Hobby Lobby case at the Supreme Court.

This is what Clinton said when asked about the case:

“It’s very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health-care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”

That’s a great sound bite, but it’s not true.

As the Fact Checker points out, before the Affordable Care Act became law, Hobby Lobby provided coverage for “all 20 FDA-approved contraceptive procedures required under the law.” But once the mandate went into effect the company decided to object to four on religious grounds.

The owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, outlined their objections on a website run by the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the company at the Supreme Court:

The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices. These drugs include Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill. Covering these drugs and devices would violate their deeply held religious belief that life begins at the moment of conception, when an egg is fertilized.

That’s it. They were just objecting to the contraceptives that caused abortions, in their view, not contraceptives as a whole. And that’s where Clinton erred according to the Fact Checker.

In other words, by broadly defining Hobby Lobby as being against all contraception, Clinton falls into the same trap as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who earlier this year had cited statistics about oral contraceptive pills when discussing the case.

It’s really not so much of a trap as it is a desire to demonize Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned companies that have decided that they don’t want the government forcing them to offer coverage for something that went against their moral beliefs.

While Clinton’s lie is bad enough on its own, the liberal media are equally as guilty, if not more so, for letting her comments go unchallenged. But maybe they felt she deserved a break after her disastrous book tour.

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