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Hobby Lobby Supporters Ignore Company's Investments in Abortion, Birth Control Drugs

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The Christian-owned craft chain Hobby Lobby won a historic decision yesterday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, objected to a contraceptive mandate in Obamacare that provided two types of so-called "morning after" pills and IUD devices.

In its case, Hobby Lobby claimed the "morning after" pills Plan B and Ella, and IUD devices could cause abortions.

Even though this claim has been scientifically debunked, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby in a vote of 5-4 and ruled that a "closely-held" for-profit corporations could block contraceptive access for its female employees on religious grounds.

Conservative Christians who support Hobby Lobby and bought into the abortion claim have been ecstatic over the victory.

"The Supreme Court made the right decision today and to me it is a hopeful sign that our country may be moving in the right direction," California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie told The Christian Post. "I applaud Steve Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, for making this bold stand in bringing this case to the highest court in our land, which clearly, the Lord has honored."

Rev. Franklin Graham tweeted, "Congratulations to the Green family, owners of @HobbyLobby, and a big thank you for their strong moral stand. #hobbylobby," and "The Green family is an inspiration to Christians all around the world. We thank God for answered prayer! #hobbylobby."

South Carolina megachurch pastor Perry Noble tweeted, "In America, freedom of speech seems to now be the right of those who bow down to political correctness! #HobbyLobby took a stand and won!" and "Thankful for #HobbyLobby and their willingness to take a stand when so many simply take a seat in silence!"

Hobby Lobby has repeatedly stated that they conduct their business "in a manner consistent with Biblical principles."

However, none of Hobby Lobby's supporters have mentioned Hobby Lobby's investments in companies that manufacture actual abortion-causing drugs and the very same birth control drugs that Hobby Lobby successfully fought to deny their female employees via health insurance coverage, notes CNN today.

Mother Jones reported in April that 2012 documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor showed that Hobby Lobby 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.”

According to Mother Jones, these drug companies and their products include "Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which makes Plan B and ParaGard, a copper IUD, and Actavis, which makes a generic version of Plan B and distributes Ella."

"Other holdings in the mutual funds selected by Hobby Lobby include Pfizer, the maker of Cytotec and Prostin E2, which are used to induce abortions; Bayer, which manufactures the hormonal IUDs Skyla and Mirena; AstraZeneca, which has an Indian subsidiary that manufactures Prostodin, Cerviprime, and Partocin, three drugs commonly used in abortions; and Forest Laboratories, which makes Cervidil, a drug used to induce abortions," reported Mother Jones.

Mother Jones added that Hobby Lobby "also invested in Aetna and Humana, two health insurance companies that cover surgical abortions, abortion drugs, and emergency contraception in many of the health care policies they sell."

Sources: MediaMatters.org, CNN, Mother Jones, The Christian Post, Twitter, RH Reality Check

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