Alyssa Rosenberg, Hobby Lobby, & Contraception’s Place in Popular Culture
Dr. Mark S. Latkovic
July 6, 2014
Alyssa Rosenberg is a young writer who blogs, sometimes engagingly, about popular culture for The Washington Post. Her June 30, 2014 blog on the Hobby Lobby decision argues that there are “powerful interests” who want to restrict access to birth control (of course, Planned Parenthood is not one of these “powerful interests” that wants to provide contraception!) and advance ideas such as “only bad women use contraception.” I don’t know of any persons seriously advancing the latter idea. It’s more the other way around: They’re saying contraception is bad for women – badfor their health, for example. And some forms are not really “contraceptive,” they’re primarily abortifacient, i.e., bad for embryos – bad for their lives because they’re killed.
Rosenberg also thinks we treat the issue so “primly” in popular culture (really?) that it leads us to think that birth control is “a trivial, immoral luxury good.” Well, as someone who does in fact oppose contraception – not birth control; there is a difference – on both moral and religious grounds, I can say that birth control is no “trivial” matter. Any technology that is so intimately involved in the generation, or in this case, preventing the generation of new human life, is never trivial. But its anti- life-in-its-coming-to-be character gets at the root at why it’s not good, much less a “luxury good.”