As the mouthpiece for the America's anti-choice religious right who are opposed to the ACA's birth control mandate, Fox has *consistently pushed their talking point that the ACA covers contraceptives which cause abortions. This view is based on the beliefs of certain evangelical Christians (Hobby Lobby) and the Catholic Church. It is not based on science which has determined that Plan B prevents ovulation and the IUD prevents implantation prior to which, according to the medical community, there is no pregnancy. But rather than address this important nuance, Fox presents, as Fox Fact, that abortion is covered under the ACA. Last week, during discussions about Hobby Lobby, Eric Bolling and Andera Tantaros must have scored lots of "pro-life" points for pushing this patented Fox lie.
Last Tuesday, Andrea Tantaros referred to the "Plan B Abortion Pill" which, again, is a bold face lie because emergency contraception, according to the newest scientific information, prevents ovulation. It IS NOT AN ABORTION PILL. RU 486 is an abortion inducing pill and that is not covered under the ACA. Bolling said that Plan B and the IUD "destroy a baby after there's a conception." Again- a theological construct and not science. Tantaros also pushed another lie with this bit of snark: "What happens if it puts them out of business and the woman who is screaming and yelling doesn't have a job? Then she really can't get her birth control and her condoms and whatever else." Memo to Andrea: The ACA does not cover condoms.
The following day, in another discussion about Hobby Lobby, Bolling, in reference to IUD's and emergency contraception advanced the lie: "Call it what you want to call, and terminate a pregnancy, aren't they in fact, isn't ObamaCare in fact paying for abortions in America?" (No, Eric, they're not) Another bit of inconvenient truth that those on Fox never seem to mention is that other religious denomination applaud the birth control mandate. Bollin later said, as Fox Fact: "They take the contraceptives after the pregnancy has occurred. Therefore, if Hobby Lobby is paying for this pill, they're paying for an abortion, are they not? If Supreme Court is mandating Obama, they're literally saying ObamaCare has to pay for abortions." Uh, no Eric, because these contraceptives are NOT abortifacients, except for those with certain religious views, that's not what they're saying.
That old George Costanza axiom comes to mind: "It's not a lie if you believe it!"
At HuffPo: The owners of Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft supply chain, were so offended by the idea of having to include emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices in their health insurance plans that they sued the Obama administration and took the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. But Mother Jones reported on Tuesday that the company’s retirement plan has invested millions of dollars in the manufacturers of emergency contraception and drugs used to induce abortions. (Bolding mine)