Many Americans had never heard of Hobby Lobby until the Christian-owned company sued the Obama administration for including "morning-after" pills (contraception pills with a higher amount of estrogen and progestin) in Obamacare.
Hobby Lobby won its case in the U.S. Supreme Court not with science but on its claims that "morning-after pills" might cause an abortion, which violated the company's deeply-held Christian religious convictions.
In April, Mother Jones broke the news that Hobby Lobby's retirement fund “held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions.”
Neither Hobby Lobby nor the conservative Christian groups that loudly support the company would comment on the revelation, until now.
MSNBC recently asked Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green about his company's investments in the same emergency contraception pills that Green opposes for his employees and real abortion pills.
“That is several steps removed," said Green. "Whether they do or not [invest in these drugs and devices], I couldn't confirm or deny it. I don't know if it's even true. Of course, the other question I would ask is, 'Do those companies also provide a lot of life-saving products that our employees are dependent on?' I don't know that either, but we've not made any changes."
However, the investments that Green is unable to confirm were confirmed on Hobby Lobby's own filings with the U.S. government back in 2012.
As far being "several steps removed," that sounds almost exactly like the U.S. government's defense of Obamacare when it said that Hobby Lobby was “several degrees removed” from actually providing emergency contraception. Hobby Lobby fought that "several degrees removed" argument all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Mayo Clinic, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception have all said that emergency contraceptives do not cause an abortion.
Green was asked by MSNBC about this overwhelming scientific evidence.
“We just take what the FDA said and it indicated that it can," stated Green. “I think there’s a lot of people that question that, and they can have their opinion."
However, according to the NIH, the FDA-approved label on "morning-after" pills, which Green is referring to, is outdated by several decades.
“Those labels were developed back in the 1960s, listing all the possible ways birth control pills would work,” Diana Blithe of the NIH told The Daily Beast. “In subsequent years, we’ve learned a lot more about how birth control works.”
FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson told The Daily Beast that it’s up to the drug company to initiate a label change. Plan B’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, has asked the FDA to change the label, but the FDA refuses to do so.