Obama Administration: Technically, Killing a Human Embryo is Not an Abortion

This is their most recent response to Hobby Lobby in Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice for mandating that their insurance cover abortifacients.

All along, the Obama administration had conceded to Hobby Lobby that drugs such as Plan B and Ella work by preventing a newly formed zygote from implanting in the mother’s uterus. If life begins at conception, that means that Hobby Lobby would be forced by Obamacare regulations to offer insurance that covers drugs which kill human lives. For that reason, Hobby Lobby is suing.

Even conventional medical literature define life as beginning at conception. Terence P. Jeffrey with CNS News highlighted the following:

According to a collection of citations posted on a Princeton University website, medical dictionaries, embryology texts, and a federal commission, have all defined fertilization as the beginning of a new human life with the formation of an embryo.

An “embryo,” says the Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary, is “[a]n organism in the earliest stage of development; in a man, from the time of conception to the end of the second month in the uterus.”

“The development of a human begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote,” says the text of Langman’s Medical Embryology.

An “embryo,” said the U.S. government’s 1997 National Bioethics Advisory Commission on Cloning Human Beings, is “the developing organism from the time of fertilization until significant differentiation has occurred, when the organism becomes known as a fetus.”

In spite of this common knowledge, the Obama administration is now saying that federal law establishes that since pregnancy begins at implantation, any termination of life that happens prior to implantation is not an abortion, per se. Sure, it’s still killing the same human life, but since it’s not legally an abortion, Hobby Lobby doesn’t have standing and shouldn’t be objecting to anything.

That’s like saying that drone-striking random people in Yemen or Pakistan isn’t murder per se, because we’re legally in a “war on terror.” Or a cop killing some homeless guy in the mountains isn’t theoretically murder, because they felt their “lives were threatened.” (Uh-huh.)

Abortion is murder whether it happens before or after implantation. Who cares how some stupid federal bureaucrat defined it?