In April, Mother Jones reported that Hobby Lobby, a company that recently took its fight against comprehensive health care options for women all the way to the Supreme Court, invests heavily in the very same products it seeks to ban.
“Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k),” the organization reported.
Fortunately for Hobby Lobby, hypocrisy is widely-accepted among its supporters.
On Friday, in an interview with MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon, company President Steve Green responded to the report by saying that it does not matter where the company invested.
After all, money is a faith that transcends any religious “convictions.” Green said that the company retirement plan’s investments, which include PlanB, Ella, and two types of IUDs (the very items Hobby Lobby opposes), were “several steps removed.”
“Whether they do or not [invest in these drugs and devices], I couldn’t confirm or deny it. I don’t know if it’s even true,” Green explained. “Of course, the other question I would ask is, do those companies also provide a lot of life-saving products that our employees are dependent on? I don’t know that either. But we’ve not made any changes.”
Of course, the contraception the company has denied women though its insurance plan is also “several steps removed.” However, as this claim is central to Hobby Lobby’s argument against the Affordable care Act, it represents a convenient narrative — convenient, because the company simply has a “deeply-held belief” that emergency contraception causes abortions. The fact that this is absolutely false has no bearing, as long as the company has enough faith.
I wonder if that works for unicorns. Unicorns are f@#$ing awesome.