CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Writing in USA Today the founder of Hobby Lobby Stores said it will be sinful if the Obama administration provides free birth control to millions of women, including Hobby Lobby employees.
CEO David Green said he and fellow owners of his chain "run our business on Christian principles" and operate "according to God's word." Therefore, he joined with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to file a federal lawsuit to halt the White House's new birth control plan, which includes giving women free "morning after" medication to block pregnancy, if they desire it.
Good grief -- why are some people so obsessed about sperms and eggs? We think compassionate church members would want to save women from unwanted pregnancies -- and especially to save teenage girls from single motherhood -- instead of trying to force them to bear babies.
Some conservative theologians clam that a soul is created the instant a sperm enters an egg -- thus it is murder to prevent gestation. If that is true, nature itself is a major killer. The National Institutes of Health say:
"It is estimated that up to half of all fertilized eggs die and are lost (aborted) spontaneously, usually before the woman knows she is pregnant. Among those women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is about 15 to 20 percent."
Think of that: Millions of American pregnancies are thwarted by nature -- or God, if you wish -- but nobody calls it a terrible sin. So why so much outrage over blocking pregnancies artificially?
Single motherhood among teens is a painful burden on America. Multitudes of girls find their lives altered and their chance for education and careers hindered. Many choose abortion. Others raise babies likely to suffer poverty, school failure, delinquency, drug abuse and future unwed pregnancy themselves. This social ill hurts not just families involved, but the entire American economy.
We think the Obama administration is humane in decreeing that the new Affordable Care Act guarantees free birth control to all women and girls who want it.
A century of struggle by brave female reformers slowly won the right of U.S. couples to practice birth control. A landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1965 declared that married couples may use contraception in the privacy of their bedrooms. A follow-up ruling in 1972 extended the privacy right to unwed couples.
We hope the Hobby Lobby lawsuit and all other attempts to obstruct the compassionate Obama plan fail. Women and girls deserve a right to choose birth control if they want it.