During a tough interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel, Patricia Ireland speaking on behalf of the National Organization for Women (NOW) sought to justify NOW's labeling of the Little Sisters of the Poor as part of the "Dirty 100" in light of the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) Supreme Court ruling.
Ireland deflected the denigration of the Catholic nuns as being like the "Dirty Dozen" with other corporations, presumably for fundraising efforts. But Kelly does not let her off than easily, suggesting that the nuns be considered "Groups with whom we disagree".
The former NOW President kept insisting that the Little Sisters could "opt out" of the Obamacare contraception mandate. Except the alleged work around forces the Sisters to sign the Form 700 document permitting others to provide the abortifacients which are anathematic to their faith.
Ireland offered patronizing lip service to the nuns' living their faith and helping the indigent infirmed. But what she does not realize is that if the Little Sisters of the Poor are eventually forced to pay for such unwanted services ordered by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius then they will move out rather than contravene their consciences.
Ireland insisted that I.U.D.s, which is one of the abortifacients in question, does not kill eggs in the uterus. Well, that's not quite true. Generally, inter-uterine devices act as spermicide to prevent fertilization but copper I.U.D.s are touted as an emergency contraceptive for five days after intercourse. Most sperm dies within two days after ejaculation (even in the uterus), thus the emergency contraceptive quality of such I.U.Ds intimates that it prevents the implantation of the blastocyst thereby killing a fertilized egg.
Ireland incorrectly asserted that the Supreme Court had ruled on the "opt-out" provision. Hobby Lobby covered closely held corporations with conscience objections but Obamacare opt-outs for non-profits has not been decided yet (although SCOTUS has offered a unanimous injunction pending appeal on January 24th, 2014).
Ireland's fatal rhetorical faux pas was her bon mot that Supreme Court decisions do not affect the reality. The hostess of the Kelly Files jumped in and asked if Roe v. Wade affected the reality. T o borrow an oft uttered Ireland phrase from the interview "Bless her heart."