Letter: Hobby Lobby omission
In her “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, July 25), former New Hampshire Republican Party chairwoman Jayne Millerick stated “Hobby Lobby was fine with paying for nearly all forms of Obamacare-mandated birth control (except) drugs like the ‘morning after’ pill.”
Millerick conveniently omitted the fact that Hobby Lobby Corporation’s religious belief will not pay for intrauterine devices.
Let’s begin with the basics. After a human egg is fertilized, it spends about two weeks in the zygote/blastocyst phase before implanting on the uterine wall where it becomes an embryo. Zygotes do not implant with an IUD in place. Researchers estimate well over half of all natural conceptions do not implant of their own accord.
Noteworthy, nationally powerful Republicans such as Newt Gingrich support giving 14th Amendment “personhood” rights to fertilized eggs! My religion informs me that is crazy!
According to most sources, IUDs are safe, nearly 100 percent effective, require no regimen by recipient (“set and forget method” ) and are easily removed when one chooses to become pregnant. Their use has more than doubled since 2002. However, the up-front cost is expensive (a small fortune for poor women).
I believe public policy should leave artificial birth control choices to woman, partner and doctor. I would never deny the “morning after pill” to victim sof rape (or indiscretion), especially to a teenage girl. Paying for birth control insurance? I would agree that a “Medicare for all” public option would solve a myriad of problems, including lowering the “actuarial age” of Medicare participants.