April 3, 2014 — In this week's video highlights, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards and former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger stop by MSNBC to discuss the Hobby Lobby contraceptive coverage case, while the "Daily Show" satirizes the corporation's claim that a crafts store has religious rights.
In an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards notes that the "women on the court actually represent[ed] the interests of women" during oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, whereas Justice Antonin Scalia showed "ignorance of and apparent lack of compassion or interest in what it would mean for women to not have access to birth control." She adds that while Hobby Lobby's lawyer opened by calling birth control a "very controversial issue, ... it isn't [controversial] for women," 99% of whom use birth control at some point (O'Donnell, "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell," MSNBC, 3/25).
In a fake news report mocking the Hobby Lobby case, "Daily Show" senior legal analyst Jordan Klepper explains to host Jon Stewart why the craft store chain can be treated as a person rather than a corporation. Klepper says that like other "decent God-fearing corporations," Hobby Lobby "believes that life begins at incorporation" and therefore supports a "biblically based insurance plan," which covers things like leprosy and flood damage. Klepper also jokes that Hobby Lobby employees should "handcraft [their] own contraception," taking advantage of their employee discounts on craft supplies (Stewart, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central, 3/26).
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow recaps the oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case and speaks with former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger about the legal issues in the case. Dellinger says that a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would be "denying the essential moral agency" of female Hobby Lobby employees and "also be setting the stage for endless other claims ... to come out of the woodwork." Dellinger also notes that contraceptive coverage through employer-sponsored health plans is not "some sort of gift" but rather is "part of an employment compensation package that these women have earned" and contributed to themselves (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 3/25).