The Bible Verses Behind Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Battle


For the Greens, the Christian family behind the Hobby Lobby chain of stores, their battle with the Obama administration was never really about contraception. It was about abortion.

After all, the evangelical Greens don’t object to¬†16 of the 20 contraceptive measures¬†mandated for employer coverage by¬†the Affordable Care Act.¬†That puts the family squarely in line with¬†other evangelicals, who largely support the use of birth control by¬†married couples.

Like other evangelicals, however, the Greens believe that four forms of contraception mandated under the ACA РPlan B, Ella and two intrauterine devices Рin fact cause abortions by preventing a fertilized embryo from implanting in the womb. (The Obama administration and several major medical groups disagree.)

‚ÄúWe won‚Äôt pay for any abortive products,” Steve Green, Hobby Lobby’s president, told¬†Religion News Service. “We believe life begins at conception.‚ÄĚ

Evangelicals as a whole may be¬†relative newcomers¬†to that view, but since the 1980s it has become nearly gospel.¬†(The Pew Research Center has a¬†helpful guide¬†to¬†other religious groups’ stance.)

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SOURCE: Daniel Burke
CNN Belief Blog


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