Another video coming at you from our friends over at LadyPartsJustice.com holding Governor Scott Walker accountable for hatin’ on the ladies. In this episode, one dude wants to know why Walker lets pharmacists refuse to give you birth control pills but they can’t deny dudes their boner pills? Anyone have any ideas why this might be?
Our friends over at American Bridge had a tracker on Chris Christie this week and what do you know…. when asked if he supported the Hobby Lobby decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court that put a corporation’s religion over individual liberties the New Jersey Governor gave a Republican Iowa Caucus answer:
On Thursday, even as their horrible Hobby Lobby decision continued to send shockwaves around the nation, the Supreme Court actually made things worse. It issued a short, unsigned opinion that says Wheaton College, a small Christian college in Illinois, doesn’t have to provide birth control coverage to female students if they don’t want to – and they don’t even have to fill out a religious-exemption form so someone else could provide it. Because apparently filling out paperwork saying, “We’re not going to pay for this, but someone else can,” was for Wheaton College the same thing as committing an abortion themselves.
In a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the ruling contradicts what the conservative majority said in the Hobby Lobby case just a few days ago – that a way to fix the religious opt-out would be to have the government pay for the contraceptives, and that the Hobby Lobby decision was narrow:
“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, retreats from that position,” Justice Sotomayor said.
We here at BNR have spent most of the week telling you about why this ruling is bad, how it hurts women, how it makes a decision based on a belief and not science. We’ve told you about the companies now saying that want to be allowed to discriminate against LGBT workers because they don’t believe they should have to abide by equal protection. In the end, we as women must understand that this country’s institutions no longer prioritize our individual rights over the rights of a corporation. If you have not incorporated yourself, I urge you to do so quickly.