This Tuesday, the U.S.Supreme Court will hear arguments in two consolidated cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, on the government’s authority to require employers to provide health care coverage that includes birth control and other pregnancy-related services under the Affordable Care Act.
Posts Categorized: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues
Signing a work contract should not amount to signing away your soul, but that is ostensibly what the Dirty 100 expects of their employees. For these 100 companies refusing to comply with the ACA’s contraception mandate, religious freedom means the freedom to impose religious values on employees.
I want to talk about the anti-Roe tactic of laws that discriminate against women’s health care providers, not only undermining our right to privacy and autonomy, but also wrongly denying us the equal protection of the law.
Simply the prospect of unruly protestors blocking doors is enough to keep women away from clinics that, in addition to abortions, provide essential and sometimes life-saving procedures like mammograms and pap smears.
In the past three years, extremist legislators at both the state and federal levels have done all they can to push women back to the days when rates of unintended pregnancy, infant mortality, and maternal mortality were high and desperate women died from unsafe abortions.
Just as the people protesting outside have a right to their free speech, the people entering the facility have a right to refuse to listen to that speech and not have it pressed upon them.
There’s a lot to be said for being able to trust that your community respects your capacity and your right to plan your own family and make your own health care decisions.
To this day, we remember the blood they spilled, the prison sentences they endured, and the victories they achieved.
Without the votes of women, the only people ever to be elected President of the United States would be white, middle aged men.
Both campaigns know they can’t win without strong support from women.