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Misreporting the Hobby Lobby decision [Letter]

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was confined specifically to exempting some employers from having to pay for medications or procedures that terminate a pregnancy after conception ("Court sides with employers in contraception case," June 30).

The medications and procedures exempted are not contraceptives, since contraceptives are, by definition, designed to prevent conception. Contraceptives were specifically not included in the exemption.

Yet immediately after the decision, in what can only be construed as a deliberate effort to spread misinformation, Hillary Clinton, the National Organization of Women and mainstream media such as The Sun announced that the Hobby Lobby decision exempted contraceptives.

Since I assume that those who misreported the Supreme Court's ruling actually read the decision, their aim must have been to incite the hysteria that has naturally followed.

J. Shawn Alcarese, Towson

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