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Catholic Leader Defends Hobby Lobby, Tells Women to Buy Birth Control at 7-11 (Video)

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the who serves as the archbishop of New York, recently defended Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company that refuses to cover certain contraceptives in its employees' health insurance plans.

Hobby Lobby recently fought the Obama administration in the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to announce a ruling this summer.

Appearing on CBS News' "Face The Nation" yesterday (video below), Dolan praised Hobby Lobby's refusal to cover birth control on its health insurance plans but failed to mention how Hobby Lobby invests in the very same contraception and abortion-causing pills in its employees' 410K plans.

“I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” stated Dolan, reports RawStory.com. “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way we act … They sure have my admiration.”

"Doesn't that set a dangerous precedent?" asked host Norah O'Donnell. "If a private company can use religion to deny benefits to its employees?"

"It could and as you know they're arguing that and the Supreme Court in the past if I understand correctly has said in general that bias is on the side of rights of conscience and religious liberty," said Dolan. "There may be occasions where that is so detrimental to the common good that it will outweigh it. Is this one of them? I mean, is the ability to buy contraceptives that are now widely available, my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-Eleven or any shop on any street in America and have access to them. Is that right to access those and have them paid for, is that such a towering good that it would suffocate the rights of conscience? I don't think so."

However, Dolan's claims about buying contraceptives in a 7-11 or "any shop" in America are false.

According to Mother Jones, birth control pills require a prescription and are not sold at a 7-11 or at "any shop," but only in pharmacies.

Only Plan B (and its generic brands) emergency contraception is for sale in the United States without a prescription, but that type of birth control is not sold in "any shop" in America or in a 7-11 store.

Sources: Mother Jones and RawStory.com

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