Hillary Clinton Shows She Has No Idea What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Was About

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 1, 2014   |   4:30PM   |   Washington, DC

Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner at this very early point in the 2016 presidential race and, after the midterm elections, the pro-life movement will undoubtedly bring up a laundry list of her pro-abortion actions and comments. Here is something that will undoubtedly be added to the list.

hillaryclinton8The potential presidential candidate proves in her response to the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby from the Obama HHS mandate that she really has no fundamental understanding of what the case was about.

John McCormack of the Weekly Standard breaks it down:

On Monday evening, Hillary Clinton said that she found the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case “deeply disturbing.” Clinton added that “it’s very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”

Contrary to Clinton’s assertion Hobby Lobby’s owner “doesn’t think [women] should be using contraception,” the family-owned business covers the entire cost of 16 out of 20 FDA-approved contraceptives under its insurance plan. The company’s owners simply objected to covering pills or devices that may cause the death of a human embryo.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government’s contraception mandate as applied to closely held corporations was a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993. The Court held that the government could provide coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients without forcing Americans, like the Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Following the Court’s ruling, Hobby Lobby, like almost all employers in the United States, will continue to cover contraception under its insurance plan. The federal government will also continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year providing contraception to poor and low-income women through Medicaid and the Title X program.

Although Clinton, who commands a $225,000 speaking fee, claimed that contraception is “pretty expensive,” a month’s supply of birth control pills may be purchased at Target for as little as $9 per month.

Right to Life of Michigan also noticed Clinton’s gaffe and said she embarrassed herself in her reaction.

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“Former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently shared her thoughts on the Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby and said a number of things which are completely untrue.  It’s almost as if she has no clue what the case was about,” the pro-life group commented.

“This statement is wrong in so many ways.  Hobby Lobby’s health plan provides 16 different types of contraceptives to employees.  16 different types.  Hobby Lobby and their owners are not opposed to contraception and don’t attempt to prevent their employees from using contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby filed suit because their owners felt it violated their consciences to provide 4 other types of birth control which they believe can be abortifacient,” RLM added. “If Clinton was really in favor of people being able to make their own choices, then shouldn’t she support the owners of Hobby Lobby and their choices regarding which forms of birth control they decide to cover?”