Megyn Kelly stopped by the O’Reilly Factor Wednesday to join Bill in a ridiculous discussion about birth control and the women protesting the Hobby Lobby ruling. Whether O’Reilly and Kelly just didn’t quite understand the topic or were just intentionally lying about it isn’t clear, but either way they seemed to have a lot of the details wrong.
Bill showed a clip of Sandra Fluke discussing the issue where she insisted that what is really going on is an attempt to “limit women’s access to birth control.” The clip seemed to set Kelly off, and she quickly spiraled into an angry tirade of nonsense. Kelly insisted the decision didn’t limit women’s access to birth control because it only affected some types of birth control.
So it doesn’t mean they can’t get birth control, they just have fewer options. That…actually sounds exactly like limiting women’s access to birth control.
But Kelly hit on the heart of the Hobby Lobby idiocy. She said that Hobby Lobby’s reason for not covering these forms of birth control is because they are “abortion-related drugs.” After attacking Fluke and saying she didn’t know what she was talking about, Kelly quickly shows her own ignorance of the topic. There is no such thing as an “abortion-related” contraceptive!
The IUDs and morning-after drugs that Hobby Lobby objects to in no way cause abortions. They are preventative and it only takes a quick Google search to find out how they work. Most contraceptives (the word actually means “anti-conception”) work by preventing sperm from reaching the egg or stopping ovulation.
Princeton’s emergency contraceptive website even explains that “There is no point in a woman’s cycle when the emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States would end a pregnancy once it has started.”
However, the Supreme Court decision wasn’t about whether these contraceptives actually cause abortions, it was about the owners of Hobby Lobby believing that they do. And while Bill seems to think women can just run down to Target and grab some birth control for $8 a month, the fact is that these drugs can be much more expensive, forcing many lower class women to go without them and risking unwanted pregnancy.
Fluke is correct, this debate has nothing to do with protecting anyone’s religious freedom (corporations don’t have a right to religious freedom!), it’s just about limiting women’s access to birth control. This is becoming more obvious as more organizations come out of the woodwork to demand similar treatment as Hobby Lobby. Wheaton College, for example, doesn’t even want a third-party covering the birth control.
Watch Kelly and O’Reilly’s echo chamber of ignorance below:
h/t: Media Matters