Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods doubled down on his position against birth control and his company’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration in an interview with Salon. Eden Foods, recall, is one of the 100 companies that’s involved in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the birth control mandate, which Hobby Lobby won late in June.
While giving an interview to Salon author Irin Carmon, Potter reiterated his position, while showing that he knows very little about how birth control works or why people take birth control. When asked by Carmon why he filed the suit, Porter implied that the federal government couldn’t tell him what to do, and “because I’m a man, number one and it’s really none of my business what women do:”
“Because I’m a man, number one and it’s really none of my business what women do,” Potter said. So, then, why bother suing? “Because I don’t care if the federal government is telling me to buy my employees Jack Daniel’s or birth control. What gives them the right to tell me that I have to do that? That’s my issue, that’s what I object to, and that’s the beginning and end of the story.” He added, “I’m not trying to get birth control out of Rite Aid or Wal-Mart, but don’t tell me I gotta pay for it.”
Potter also said that he had “more interest in good quality long underwear than [he had] in birth control pills,” telling Irin that “I’m not an expert in anything. I’m not the pope. I’m in the food business. I’m qualified to have opinions about that and not issues that are purely women’s issues. I am qualified to have an opinion about what health insurance I pay for.”
When informed that contraceptive coverage is cheaper than maternity coverage, he responded by saying, “One’s got a little more warmth and fuzziness to it than the other, for crying out loud.”
Potter is against “using abortion as birth control” and says that his opposition to the birth control mandate is that “these procedures almost always involves immoral and unnatural practices.” Never mind that the birth control pills and implants prevent abortion.
Potter, however, seemed worried most about what his customers are thinking. But even then, that wasn’t going to have him backing down, because it’s his place to be in your bedroom, not Obama’s:
”As you can imagine we’re getting a lot of feedback,” Potter said delicately. Indeed, since the story, Eden Foods’ Facebook page has been inundated with complaints and boycott declarations. “Your company’s unfair, judgmental and misogynistic treatment of your employees has lost you yet another customer,” was a typical comment.
He did sound annoyed to be receiving emails telling him to stay out of people’s bedrooms. “I’m not in your bedroom,” he clarified. “Obama’s in your bedroom.”
Did he worry about the impact on his bottom line? “Oh my god,” he said, “from what we’ve seen the last couple of days, it’s a big deal.”
But he isn’t prepared to back off. “I worked my ass off at figuring out what to do on it. I worked hard on it and I made a decision,” he said. “The federal government has no right to do what they’ve done. No constitutional right, no standing.”
But by his own admission, he’s only qualified to have opinions about the food business. So what’s he know about the Constitution?