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Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby and Women
Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties and roughly 3 dozen other companies today acquired a new right for for-profit corporations thanks to 5 men on the Supreme Court who determined that a woman's right to privacy, health care, freedom of/from religion comes second to her employer.
I've heard a myriad of arguments -- to a business shouldn't have to violate it's moral values (huh?) to it's a "property issue" about who pays for a service. In my eyes, the property in question is a women's uterus and who has the right to determine how to best treat it in a medical environment.
This is yet another slippery slope decision for corporations against citizens of this country.
It's Not Just the Pill
This decision doesn't extend just to "the pill," but to any birth control method that your employer may perceive to be against their religious moral values -- currently stated (but subject to change) as any method that they perceive to interfere with the matter of course of a fertilized egg.
This position allows your employer to prevent you from getting basically any hormonal birth control. Despite hormone birth control methods usually preventing an egg from being released so there is no egg to fertilize, these companies believe that it works primarily through preventing implantation of fertilized egg and therefore, regardless of scientific fact, can base their decision on ignorance of science in favor of biblical enlightenment.
Under this argument, implants, patches, IUDs and a variety of other birth control methods can be denied. And if they randomly decide a barrier method applies to their "enlightened" position, who knows, maybe they can add that. Who's going to stop them at this point?
Do you agree with the Supreme Court that "closely held" corporations have religious rights?
But this isn't just about the contentious issue of women's bodies and allowing them to have a say in their medical issues. It's also about the mission creep of the Christian Evangelicals to make this a "Christian-based nation."
Our "freedom of religion" has often been described as the right to be "free of religion." My practices are mine, yours belong to you and never the twain shall meet. Until today. Today they have pitted citizens against citizen corporations yet again. Corporations and the Supreme Court have changed the face of citizens rights drastically over the past few years. They have made money, speech and have been given "free speech" to tell us the truth... or not. They have been made "people" and today they have been given religion.
To give you an idea some of the other things that companies could possibly go to court to deny on moral religious grounds:
medications made with animal based gelatin
Those and many other things affront various religions. Who steps up next to determine they don't want to provide you coverage for a blood transfusion when you're brought in from a car accident bleeding to death? Or when you have a painful wound and you're employer tells you sorry, but I have a religious issue with pain killers?
What else does this end up opening the door to? Will this be the new way to "cost savings" with companies suddenly finding a religious core and cutting expensive procedures?
At what point does the real citizen take precedent over the corporate citizen in this country?
Birth Control Facts
- 88% of women have used birth control
- 10.5M women use "the pill" as their primary birth control method
- IUDs are the most affective form of birth control
- birth control pills can safely be used "indefinitely" by non-smoking women
- Plan B does not cause an abortion and is not "the abortion pill"
- Birth control pills are used to ease symptoms of PMS, endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles and many other non-family planning reasons.
It's Not Just Birth Control
Birth control is an important part of many women's lives. But not necessarily just for birth control reasons. The same hormones in birth control that prevent pregnancy can relieve pain associated with PCOS and PMS, can make irregular menstrual cycles regular, can slow endometriosis and more. There has been no differentiation in this decision for women who take this medication for reasons other than birth control and the employers involved appear to have little concern that this can be an important health tool for women.