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.
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.
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.