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Jon Stewart: 'Contraception Is Not the Same Thing as Abortion' (Video)

Stewart says ill-informed beliefs form the basis of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court case

Jon Stewart says Christian craft store Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court case is based on a basic misunderstanding of a “scientific fact” about contraception.

The chain is objecting to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers must provide health insurance to their employees, including contraception coverage. The store's owners consider certain kinds of birth control to be abortion, which they say is against their religious principles.

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But that's a basic misunderstanding, Stewart said on Wednesday's “Daily Show.”

“Contraception is not the same thing as abortion,” he said. “That's a scientific fact.”

As NBC News Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams noted, it's irrelevant to the case whether the owners’ religious beliefs are correct. The question is whether they should be required to violate their beliefs, whatever they may be.

“So let me get this straight,” said Stewart. “Corporations aren't just people. They're ill-informed people whose factually incorrect beliefs must be upheld because they sincerely believe them anyway. I guess that's why at Hobby Lobby they feed their 16,000 employees with but five loaves and two fish.”

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  • miller

    the way I understand it – the insurance they carry already provides contraceptive coverage; their case is that they do not want to have to cover of 4 specific drugs that Obamacare stipulates must be covered that are used to induce an abortion…perhaps someone can clarify

    • disqus_ze7sRLHiIw

      You are correct

  • Newzheimer

    It's not only that Hobby Lobby wants to disallow cover for certain types of contraception that they wrongly believe–note the use of the word ‘believe', as opposed to know scientifically–to be abortifacient; they also want to deny payment to doctors who discuss their use with their patients.

    Yup. HL wants to ‘be in the room’ with doctors and their patients when the usage of specific types of contraception are being discussed.

    Corporations are not people. Corporations are property. I will not see a corporation sitting next to me at services. I may see the owners of the corporation, but I won't see the actual corporation itself.

  • disqus_ze7sRLHiIw

    Hobby lobby covers 16 types of contraception and just want to avoid 4 types that can cause an abortion.

  • chynna12169

    The morning after pill and IUD's DO NOT cause an abortion. They prohibit a fertilized egg from implanting on the wall of the uterus. It does NOT KILL an embryo. A fertilized egg and an embryo are two different things.