The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision:
1) “The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage”
2) “Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.”
3) “Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.”
4) “It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”
5) “Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”
6) “Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”
7) “My five male colleagues, in a decision of startling breadth, would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
8) “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
I want to give special attention to #6. At Amnesty, we believe in human rights. That includes the right to freedom of religion. It does not mean, however, that individuals (OR corporations!) have the right to impose their beliefs upon others. As George Takei has noted in a blog post, “Hobby Lobby is not a church. It’s a business — and a big one at that. Businesses must and should be required to comply with neutrally crafted laws of general applicability. Your boss should not have a say over your healthcare. Once the law starts permitting exceptions based on ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ there’s no end to the mischief and discrimination that will ensue. Indeed, this is the same logic that certain restaurants and hotels have been trying to deploy to allow proprietors to refuse service to gay couples.”
You can read the entire SCOTUS opinion here.
Our Amnesty chapter does not support the recent roll backs on women’s rights in the United States. We believe women should have unrestricted access to birth control in order to support themselves, no matter where they may wish to go in life.
This is one of the uncountable moments when feminism and intersectionality needed to stand side by side for all.
Thank you, Mr. President, for being a sane human being. And here I thought there were none of them in Washington.
Hey everyone, let’s take a step back and remember who we’re trying to fight against. Half of our population are not our enemies.
We are so delighted to host this event in co-sponsorship with SAAFE and W-NOW and FRJ. It’s all about celebrating the achievements that people everywhere have made in the promotion of women’s rights. (Which, in the end means everyone’s rights!)
So. 8-10. Pub. We would love to see you, because we will have urgent action letters to sign and swag to sell. Who doesn’t love that?