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Catholic Group: 'Absurd' to Call Contraceptive Ruling War on Women

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 12:40 PM

By Melissa Clyne


The Supreme Court's ruling on Hobby Lobby signifies one of the biggest religious liberty rulings in a very long time,  Ashley McGuire, senior fellow at the Catholic Association, tells Newsmax TV.

"Basically what the court said is that you don't have to forfeit your religion to start a family business," McGuire said on "America's Forum."

"That should be obvious to all of us, but in today's age, it's apparently not, and it's definitely not apparent to our president."

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On Monday, the high court released its 5-4 decision finding that limited for-profit businesses can cite a religious exemption from an Obamacare mandate to provide healthcare coverage for four contraceptives the evangelical Christian owners say amount to abortion, including the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices.

McGuire said that for Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to paint the issue as a war on women is "absurd" and something she "flat-out rejects."

"The plaintiffs, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, are co-owned by women," she said. "Then you look at the nonprofit cases, which are yet to be decided, and the first case to hit the court is a group of women, Little Sisters of the Poor and EWTN, a Catholic news network started by a woman.

"So, the idea that this is about men versus women is absurd, and then this really paternalistic line the left has about bosses versus women's rights, implies that women aren't bosses."

She further offered that the only forms of birth control addressed in the Hobby Lobby case were ones that the FDA has labeled as destroying an embryo, which the Hobby Lobby owners and other Christians consider abortion.

"Groups like Planned Parenthood are saying, oh, these aren't abortifacient [causing abortion]. Well, if they aren't, then why are you there?"

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