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Blumenthal to Lead Protest of Hobby Lobby

by Christine Stuart | Jul 14, 2014 5:30am
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Posted to: Congress, Courts, Health Care, Manchester

Google maps image of the East Haven store

Later this morning U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and advocates will gather outside the Hobby Lobby in Manchester to call on the company to offer its employees full contraceptive coverage.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling found that some businesses can, because of their religious beliefs, choose not to comply with the federal health care law’s requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers. Hobby Lobby was the plaintiff in the case.

Blumenthal said Connecticut law mandates that all health insurance coverage through group or individual policies must provide “coverage for prescription contraceptive methods approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.”

“Religious liberty is about the right to practice your own religion, not the right of bosses to impose religious beliefs on employees,” Blumenthal said. “I am calling on Hobby Lobby to do the right thing and provide full contraceptive coverage to its Connecticut employees. Connecticut residents have enjoyed a long history of respect for individual rights and I urge Hobby Lobby to comply with our state laws.”

The Manchester location is not opened yet, but it will be located in a building previously occupied by Sports Authority. The only other Hobby Lobby store in Connecticut is located in East Haven.

The Oklahoma-based company sells arts and crafts and has 561 stores nationwide.

Blumenthal will be joined Monday by Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri, Chris Miron of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Susan Yolen of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and Christine Palm of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

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posted by: shinningstars122 | July 14, 2014  5:52am

shinningstars122

It is up to women consumers to speak with their dollars toward any business that discriminates against women or anyone for that fact.

A boycott is the only way a company like Hobby Lobby will feel the pain of their decision.

posted by: justsayin | July 14, 2014  6:04am

Ct is open for business, still revolutionary come one come all….what circus. They do offer contraception, just not 4 of the abortive drugs. Interesting how the CT AG stays clear of this political fodder. Again half truths and mis direction by our elected officials.

posted by: GBear423 | July 14, 2014  7:44am

GBear423

Wow, maybe he will help drive out this company and the jobs it provides!!  Way to go Dick!  Keep up the good work CT elected you to do!

posted by: dano860 | July 14, 2014  7:49am

What is wrong with this guy?
If you don’t like the ruling take it back through the system.
Hobby Lobby offers 16 different forms/types of birth control to their employees. They objected to the “morning after” pill, believing that it a form of abortion.
It’s not like we can afford to ruin or run profitable employers out of the state.
Good ole’ garage door opener Dicky will never miss a photo op will he?

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 14, 2014  8:12am

So… you have a US Senator saying to the SCOTUS that what they have decided is meaningless and you wonder why MANY millions of people fear the end of this country.

Hobby Lobby provides contraception of 16 different types to prevent pregnancy but lets force them to cover abortion because the first 16 options aren’t good enough for people. How beyond pathetic and unbecoming for a US Senator to do that.

Its also so angering that the SCOTUS decided this case based on a law supported fully by Democrat President Bill Clinton but lets make sure that the liberal minions are kept in the dark about that, because it may actually make them think.

posted by: Historian | July 14, 2014  8:54am

Does this man do anything except push his face in any camera within twenty miles?

posted by: jim black | July 14, 2014  9:17am

The SCOTUS has spoken, Blumenthal doesn’t listen.

posted by: Michele | July 14, 2014  10:30am

Let’s protest and encourage boycotting a new business presence (one that, I believe, isn’t being financed by the State) in Connecticut because our economy is doing so well we can afford to run businesses out of the state, right? I want to know why our politicians are not protesting discrimination against men: the number one form of male-controlled birth control is not covered by insurance, right? Why are men not getting free condoms? Where are the outcries about the inequalities of healthcare coverage in America? Kaiser Health News explains: “Guidelines issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of HHS, require coverage without cost sharing for “all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity” as prescribed by a provider, according to the Federal Register.”

Condoms are not covered by the ACA.

posted by: CTS | July 14, 2014  12:03pm

Keep in mind that the decision merely says Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for those four items.  It continues to cover the cost of the other 16. Access has not been denied to those four items—those who want them will simply have to pay for them, rather than having their employer cover the cost.  Wonder if Blumenthal has even read the decision.

posted by: Just Saying | July 14, 2014  12:15pm

The article is as vapid as Dickie. Both mis-state the SCOTUS ruling as denying birth control. As others have said, the ruling only covers four methods of birth control that are considered abortive.

The vacant headed politicians and the vacant headed media continue to speak in broad (not necessarily true) terms.

How about men take on the burden of birth control? How about women take responsibility for their own birth control?  The libs keep claiming they want government out of their bedrooms but on this issue they want government to force businesses to pay for they activity in their bedroom.

Ultimately the leftist diatribe ends up turning on itself. This is a classic example.

posted by: franchi12ga | July 14, 2014  12:36pm

Blumenthal is a fool! Hobby Lobby has every right to make their own policy regardless of who it offends. They risked making the business, they took the financial risk to build and grow the business, they invested their money to build a business that hires people. They did a great thing. And out of the many forms of contraception ONLY 4 are not endorsed by HL. If that is a burden on a women then you are free to get a job somewhere else. Just like if you don’t like your boss or job priorities change to something you don’t like, leave.  And this moron, Blumenthal has nothing better to do than harass a company that employs people…..that idiot should be doing other things to create jobs, not kill jobs.  I hope hobby lobby shuts down in CT. Then where will you be DICK!

posted by: Joebigjoe | July 14, 2014  12:51pm

How about we just all agree that contraception is what you do beforehand so there is no pregnancy and that contraception is not what happens after which is called abortion. Hobby Lobby is against paying for abortion, not prevention or contraception.

I’m in sales so trust me when I say words are used for strategic reasons and to mislead the uninformed.

If Hobby Lobby didn’t want to offer contraception then I would tend to agree with Blumie, but they do.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | July 14, 2014  2:03pm

@Historian: I was going to answer your question with a resounding “no”, but your question should have ended after the word “camera”. I’m not sure that Blumenthal would limit himself to any camera “within 20 miles”.

Now, as to comments others have made about the specifics of the Supreme Court’s ruling: while it is true that the Hobby Lobby appeal was directed specifically at the four items that they believe would cause abortion, the Supreme Court’s ruling says that the “contraceptive mandate” (which includes ALL contraceptives approved by the FDA) violates the Religious Freedom law.

posted by: shinningstars122 | July 15, 2014  6:04am

shinningstars122

Once again the men in this thread have it completely wrong again when trying to shed their patriarch inspired “knowledge” on the difference between birth control and an “abortifacient”.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118547/facts-about-birth-control-and-hobby-lobby-ob-gyn

It is really embarrassing the ignorance that many of you continue to display on this site daily.

Do us and our fellow readers a favor…fact check and do some actual objective research before posting.

@Michele is you would like free condom many community health or family planning centers offer them for free.

posted by: myotis | July 15, 2014  1:04pm

We can’t determine if politics motivated the company, but we did wonder whether Hobby Lobby covered the types of birth control at issue in its lawsuit but dropped the coverage before filing its complaint.

The short answer: Yes.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jul/01/sally-kohn/did-hobby-lobby-once-provide-birth-control-coverag/

posted by: myotis | July 15, 2014  1:20pm

There is a lot of misinformation being propagated here. The Hobby Lobby decision covers all forms of contraception.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/supreme-court-scotus-hobby-lobby-all-forms-contraception