Unbelievable. I moved back to the States a year after Washington State legalized gay marriage and recreational marijuana all in one fell swoop and today the Supreme Court of the United States just issued their ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and 5 to 4 the justices favored Hobby Lobby.
Basically the ruling boils down to this: the government can’t require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for methods of birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs.
Sweet baby Jesus.
Women deserve better than this. Much better than this.
It is really hard to believe that this has just happened in the United States in the 21st century. We are fighting over birth control–in a country that has the worst paid maternity leave in the quote-unquote first world. We are fighting over birth control–in a country that has probably the worst, if not the most confusing and convoluted, health care system in the first world. We are fighting over birth control–in a country that is failing to provide a high quality education to everyone and our children can’t keep pace with the rest of the world.
Ug. This whole thing is disgusting.
The only redeeming thing to come from all of this? Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion. You can read the whole thing here. Ginsburg’s dissent starts on page 60 and while t is dense is beautifully written and carefully argued. (Thanks Wittenberg for my liberal arts education, a minor in Political Science and the course on Civil Liberties and the Constitution. I may not be a lawyer but I can still read a decision with the best of them.)
The fact that she has to write this infuriates me.
What’s the big deal? Woman have bodies. Women have sex. Woman can and should be able to prevent pregnancy if this is what they want to do. This should be an option that is available for all women not just those who can afford it.
Why do we fear birth control so much and why do we desire to control women’s bodies this much? What are we so afraid of?
And more to the point, what’s wrong with this country?!