If you’re like me or the people I work with, you try to leave the world a better place than you found it. I used to think the Supreme Court was on the same page, but after last week, I’m not so sure.
It’s a frustrating time to be a woman in America.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, over the past couple of weeks the Supreme Court has pulled a double whammy — first by removing the much needed buffer zones in Massachusetts and then by issuing a 5-4 ruling on a case commonly known as “Hobby Lobby” — essentially giving corporations religious rights.
Hobby Lobby sought religious exemptions to the Affordable Care Act requirement that employee health plans provide contraceptive coverage.
As a result of the verdict issued by five male justices, birth control coverage is now jeopardized for all women who work at “closely held corporations.” It’s revealing that all three female justices signed the dissent on this case.
This troublesome decision is based on a nonsensical notion that a corporation has greater rights to religious liberty than an individual woman has to coverage of birth control.
In other words, the Supreme Court just made 52 percent of the population second-class citizens by deciding to place women’s health care needs as secondary to the personal beliefs of their bosses.
July 08, 2014