Wednesday, July 2, 2014

the supreme sucky court & the BLOW OFF

Well, at least the five conservative male justices. 

I have a hard time believing it's 2014 and women's reproductive rights are STILL a political issue.  It's shameful and disgusting.  I'm so sick and tired of conservatives calling for smaller government unless it has to do with a woman's body.  And I'm so tired of religious nuts using their beliefs to take away everyone else's freedom of choice.  When it comes to my vagina and whether or not I want to have children-- well, then the government and GOD have to play a big role.

Okay, let me back up.  Unless you've been living under a rock, on Monday the supreme court delivered its decision on Burwell VS Hobby Lobby.  Allow me to break it down for you:

What is Burwell VS Hobby Lobby all about?
In 2010, congress passed the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).  Under Obamacare, all FDA approved contraceptives for women are covered.  That means an employer has to provide healthcare that covers (i.e. pays for) those medications for their employees.

Enter Hobby Lobby-- an arts and crafts chain in Oklahoma owned by Evangelical Christians.  In 2012, they dropped their coverage of Plan B and Ella then filed a lawsuit for a preliminary injunction of the enforcement of the contraception rule.  The case has gone all the way to the supreme court.

Why is the case important?
There are a few issues at play here.  Should a for-profit corporation be awarded the same rights as an individual (i.e. are corporations people?) Should a corporations religious beliefs exempt them from federal law?  Should religious crazies* get to fuck with women's healthcare and reproductive rights?

*not all religious people are crazy. 

The decision
The court ruled 5-4 in the favor of Hobby Lobby.  The breakdown of the assenting and dissenting positions is not surprising.  The five male conservative justices struck down the contraception mandate.  The four liberal justices (three women & one man) dissented.  It would be easy to blame the conservatives for being "old" (and they are) but Justice Ginsberg is eighty-one and wrote a pretty amazing dissenting opinion.

Why does this suck?
Ugh, it sucks on so many levels. It found that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a for-profit corporation could be considered a person.  This means that a corporation could site their religious beliefs for just about anything now.  I mean, Christian Scientists don't believe in taking medicine-- should they not provide their employees with healthcare at all? It also says that a corporations religious rights outweigh the religious beliefs of their employers.

AND of course, it's women that are most negatively impacted by this.  Hobby Lobby's totally cool with covering Viagra (cause God forbid a man can't get an erection) and vasectomies, but just not certain types of contraception.  As Justice Ginsburg points out in her dissenting opinion, an IUD can be as costly as a month's pay for a woman.  How many more corporations will follow suit now?  This isn't about contraception-- I'm telling you, if the male birth control pill was FDA approved, then I guarantee Hobby Lobby would cover it.  This is about taking the power away from women.

The sad thing is, there will always be companies like Hobby Lobby who choose to discriminate, but it's even more horrifying when a branch of our government backs them up.  Where are the checks and balances for the supreme court?  Why can't they have like, 20 year term limits?  Why is it that a female liberal justice has to be the one to get pancreatic cancer?

Thanks for the rant, now what can I do?
Do not shop at Hobby Lobby.  Click here instead.

Do you live near a Hobby Lobby?  Why not organize a protest.  There's a Hobby Lobby opening in Burbank and I'm going to head over there with some friends and some picket signs (and maybe even Jane Fonda will show up).  I'm thinking of calling the movement PLAN Bitch.  More information to come.

Join the dissent. 

Keep tweeting and posting pictures like this on your Facebook newsfeeds.

Donate to Planned Parenthood.

If you don't feel like spending the money, then volunteer for Planned Parenthood.

If you are a man reading this, do all the same shit.  Women will think you are totally hot for being as upset as we are and will want to date you.

If anyone has any other ideas, please comment below!


  1. Hobby Lobby continues to cover, and pay for, 16 of the 20 types of birth control under ACA. So, your first picture which puts Viagra side-by-side with daily oral contraceptives is entirely misleading. Women who work for Hobby Lobby can still have their company pay for 16 types of birth control. Also, the ruling does not apply to ALL corporations, but only corporations where at least 51% of the company is held by a small group of individuals who hold these beliefs. Do I think that a Jewish owned company should have the option of not covering porcine heart valves, while covering mechanical and donor valves? Certainly. I would love to see more stories written where the facts are related accurately instead of propagating these false claims. Please, using the facts, explain to me the negatives of this decision.

    1. Why should a corporation be allowed to use their religious beliefs to deny women medication at all? I don't care if they still provide 16 out of the 20 oral contraceptives, they should provide ALL of them. And what's stopping them from not providing any contraceptives at this point? I personally don't think any company that's for-profit should be able to use their religious beliefs to make medical decisions for their employees-- Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Scientologist.

    2. ^This!^
      And Hobby Lobby invests its money in companies that produce contraceptives. Hypocrites much?
      This isn't about religion - it's about a concerted effort by the right-wing to decimate the ACA (healthcare).

  2. *Hobbies are for collectors.