|—||Molly Redden, on Hobby Lobby’s hypocrisy. Publishing in the wake of the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that holds that privately-held companies do not have to provide the mandated contraception coverage if it violates their “religious freedom.” (via ofhouseadama)|
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare. The ruling deals with only a small provision of Obamacare and will not take down the entire law, but it amounts to a huge black eye for Obamacare and its backers. The justices have given Obamacare…
Health benefits, if you have them, are are a part of your pay at a given job. They calculate in as part of the compensation for services rendered. Your boss doesn’t get to determine how you use your money from your paycheck, so what fresh hell is this? I never thought the Supreme Court would come down on this side of the case. WHAT WERE THE LAWYERS DOING?! Religious freedom is not the right to impose your religious beliefs on others.
This bit in particular gives me extra concern:
The court appeared to reject, 7-2, the Obama Administration’s argument that for-profit companies cannot assert religious rights under RFRA.
This, disturbing enough on it’s own, has some seriously terrifying future potential as well.
The primary basis for this ruling seems to have been based upon the RFRA, which has been deemed unconstitutional at a local level in multiple states previously.
The elephant in the room is that it’s entirely likely that the real motivator here is profit, not religion. They could set up their own healthcare under less stringent rules, but that would cost more money than using the system provided by the AHA, so instead they use religion as excuse to give them the abilty to alter the health care requirements for increased money saving.
You guys! Male birth control pills being difficult/next-to-impossible to obtain in the US because condom companies make more money and therefore lobby to make their option the primarily available one is TOTALLY THE SAME THING as women’s ability to choose to have birth control/abortions/tubal ligation being mandated to be illegal by the government (because religious “freedom” HAH) and therefore taking all of their options away! How dare we laugh and make light of the concept of men being allowed such things when our right to the same is being taken away!
ALASKA LAWMAKER WOULD ONLY ALLOW WOMEN ABORTIONS WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR IMPREGNATORS
He stated, “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…” He didn’t say whether a rapist would be able to send his signature by fax from prison, or not. But he’ll have “peace” and women will require a permission slip for their own bodies.
Would someone please take this trash out.
Alaska has an interesting political scene. The Mudflats (a great website in general) has an article detailing the anti-woman laws that are on the table in Alaska.
is this really fucking happening
This cannot be real. I just really don’t want it to be.
Here is senator Wendy Davis’ front door!
Again, no one was hurt.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood, and spoke at a rally 10 days ago about her experiences relying on Planned Parenthood for her health care.
Coincidence? I THINK NOT.
“I do not feel that it is reactionary or even inaccurate to describe an unwanted, non-indicated transvaginal ultrasound as “rape”. If I insert ANY object into ANY orifice without informed consent, it is rape. And coercion of any kind negates consent, informed or otherwise.”
“It is our responsibility, as always, to protect our patients from things that would harm them. Therefore, as physicians, it is our duty to refuse to perform a medical procedure that is not medically indicated. Any medical procedure. Whatever the pseudo-justification.”
Thanks to Phil Plait for the heads up on this one.
If you value women, the health of Americans, science, privacy, or freedom, PLEASE READ THIS AND REBLOG.
Trojan Free Speech of the Day: Though the Salt Lake Tribune did run most of Garry Trudeau’s controversial Doonesbury story arc concerning the ultrasound bills making the rounds in state legislatures across the country, it opted out of publishing today’s strip, which features the purposely contentious line, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
The Tribune’s staff cartoonist Pat Bagley felt the decision was a blatant first amendment violation on the part of his paper, so he “snuck” the strip in by tacking it on to his own riff on Trudeau’s feather-ruffling plotline.
For the sake of context, Bagley’s strip is referencing disgraced former Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had gone hot-tubbing in the nude with a minor.