Dear Hobby Lobby

Posted on July 2, 2014

Dear Hobby Lobby,

I use Birth Control. I don’t work for you. Thank God. I mean, not thank God. I don’t believe in her. 

I was curious about something. I take a prescription called Loestrin to control a neuromuscular condition that has rocked my world. Loestrin is a form of birth control. I woke up to my condition one day 2+ years ago. I actually fell out of bed. I was also on my period. More on that in about 2 seconds.

Throughout that first year, I battled monthly flare ups that would leave me unable to accomplish daily tasks, sometimes even leaving me unable to walk. It quickly became obvious that my flare ups arrived on the same day as my period. And these flare ups were horrible. They took the duration of the month to recover from.

So my Neurologist and I decided to try an experiment. Together we made the decision to test out a birth control prescription. And miraculously, my flare ups have decreased exponentially. Look, it’s not a fairytale. I still flare, this July heat has wreaked havoc on my body. But I am able to accomplish daily tasks. I am able to live my life. I am able to strengthen the muscles and nerves that deteriorated that first year.

The Girl with the Purple Cane

So here’s my question: If I worked for you, would you make an exemption for my Loestrin prescription? Because if you didn’t make that exemption, I would not be able to work for you… not that I want to.

Thank you.

Liz Jackson


UPDATE: I was just informed by a legalese friend that Loestrin is actually covered under Hobby Lobby health insurance plans. So are most forms of birth control. Items not covered are morning after pills and IUDs.

That being said, I won’t change my letter or call it inaccurate. Instead I will call it this; fearfully written, hypothetical, and possible… more so after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Elyssa July 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    While I IMMENSELY disagree with the supreme court’s decision, and with Hobby Lobby’s stance, it is important to remember that they were being selective in the methods of contraception that they were unwilling to cover, because they felt that these forms (specifically Plan B and IUDs)kept fertilized eggs from implanting. If you Liz, decided (in consultation with your physicians) to try a low-hormone IUD as a way to control your flares, then no, they would not cover it.

    My issue with the SCOTUS decision re: Hobby Lobby is many-fold, but I will limit it to just two succinct points here. (1) a la Ruth Bader Ginsburg — this is a slippery slope SCOTUS has opened the door for. (2) You, SCOTUS, Hobby Lobby, and Conestoga Wood, have now gone beyond just the egregious by telling me that you’re not going to cover all contraception, (including vasectomies and hormonal birth control) which I would ALSO have major issues with, but at least it would be consistent. You have unilaterally decided which therapy is most appropriate for me. Forget what my doctors advise may be best for me, forget the fact that I am a grown woman who has lived with her body for over 35 years and knows how to best treat it, forget the discussions my husband and I have had regarding family planning. If I worked for Hobby Lobby, and I wanted my birth control covered, I would have to follow the mandate of my company owner, who as far as I know, does not have a medical degree.

    FYI — you can find out more about the different types of contraception, and how they actually work, in this great NYT article:

  2. Elyssa July 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Liz —
    I want to make sure you’re aware of another update just release on HuffPo —

    They are now broadening the scope of the initial ruling to include other methods of birth control that other corporations(mostly catholic-owned) may have issues with…


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