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Christian Ministry: Denying Birth Control Coverage Is 'Freedom To Be Pro-Life' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

CitizenLink, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, claimed last week that a court case centered around denying female employees birth control coverage via Obamacare preserved people's "freedom to be pro-life."

CitizenLink host Stuart Shepard introduced the segment (video below) by claiming, "The Supreme Court upheld your freedom to be pro-life in part because of this man's family."

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Shepard showed a picture of Anthony Hahn, whose company Conestoga Wood Specialties joined Hobby Lobby in a lawsuit against the contraception mandate in Obamacare, and was successful in denying birth control coverage for women as part of the landmark health care law.

Shepard added, "Obamacare ran right over the rights of Christian business owners. It required them to include drugs in their healthcare plans that are completely unacceptable to anyone who is pro-life."

The drugs in question are Plan B, a morning after pill, and ella, a week-after pill, which do not cause abortions, but are taken to prevent pregnancy, noted NPR in 2013.

Shepard interviewed Hahn and his lawyer Randy Wenger, and later closed by saying, "Remember to pray for the Hahn family. Thank God for their bold stand in favor of life."

In their lawsuit against Obamacare, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cited an out-of-date FDA label on Plan B that said: "It may also prevent fertilization … or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation)," reported The Daily Beast.

Diana Blithe, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told The Daily Beast: "Those labels were developed back in the 1960s, listing all the possible ways birth control pills would work. In subsequent years, we’ve learned a lot more about how birth control works."

The New York Times reported in 2012, "The notion that morning-after pills prevent eggs from implanting stems from the Food and Drug Administration’s decision during the drug-approval process to mention that possibility on the label — despite lack of scientific proof, scientists say, and objections by the manufacturer of Plan B, the pill on the market the longest. Leading scientists say studies since then provide strong evidence that Plan B does not prevent implantation, and no proof that a newer type of pill, Ella, does."

Mother Jones reported in 2014 that Hobby Lobby's multimillion-dollar employee retirement plan invested in drug companies that manufacture generic versions of Plan B and ella, as well as companies that produce actual abortion pills, which were not part of Obamacare's contraceptive health insurance plan.

Sources: CitizenLink, NPR, Mother Jones, New York Times, The Daily Beast
Image Credit: CitizenLink Screenshot