Well, itâs a good question according to the New Republicâs Jonathan Cohn. And that question is:
In a blog entry at Washington Monthly, Ed Kilgore ponders the question of when life begins according to the Bible: at conception, or at implantation? âWhere is that in Deuteronomy?â he asks.
The reason for asking is cases like Hobby Lobbyâs. The craft store chain doesnât want to be forced to pay for birth control that prevents implantation (such as Plan B or an IUD), believing that those end life that has already begun. The trouble, at least according to Kilgore, is that the Bible doesnât discuss abortifacients.
If you need an idea of where Kilgoreâs coming from, consider his conclusion:
In any event, the longer we hear conservatives complain about mandated coverage of âabortifacients,â the more the arbitrary nature and sheer extremism of the antichoice (and hence the GOP) position will gain attention. And in a debate where youâd sometimes be misled to think that antichoicers really just donât like late-term abortions, that has value.
The New York Timesâ Nate Cohn also gave his interpretation.
Thatâs a question the Supreme Court will have to consider when it takes on the Hobby Lobby case. Until then, another look through the Scriptures might be in order to pin down those conservative âantichoicersâ and their âsheer extremism.â The irony?
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