SCOTUS: Discrimination Against Women Isn't Discrimination
Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down an alarming and disappointing decision when it ruled that bosses at Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, can deny insurance coverage for birth control to their employees.
Seriously, it's beyond messed up. Why are we still debating birth control when 99 percent of women will use some form of it in their lifetime? In her 35-page dissent, even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg called the ruling "a decision of startling breadth" and said, "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."
Bosses have no place intruding on their employees' private medical decisions. Imagine if your boss suddenly wanted to deny you essential health care like vaccines or blood transfusions based on their personal beliefs. Offensive much? And the vast majority of Americans agree: more than 70 percent of Americans support insurance coverage for birth control.
We've been working to expose the bosses and politicians who want control over our health-care decisions and lives -- including their hypocrisy. Hobby Lobby's 401(k) plan actually had investments in birth-control manufacturers, and the company has given no sign that it will stop covering vasectomies. Talk about a double standard.
We rallied at the Supreme Court yesterday for birth-control coverage and keeping bosses out of our bedrooms.
Our president, Ilyse Hogue, appeared on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Wagner" to discuss this horrible ruling for women, she said:
"Make no mistake, what the five male justices did today was to actually say that discrimination against women's health care is not discrimination at all. They took an entire class of Americans, more than half, and said that it is okay for your bosses to know better than you do about what we need to take care of our bodies and ourselves and that is a very dangerous precedent with very powerful forces behind it."
Watch the video below:
What's next for women's access to birth control? We're looking to Congress to fix this decision. We'll be working with our allies to eliminate all discrimination in health-care coverage. Second, voters must make their voices heard come November. We're going to make sure voters know which candidates will stand with women's health over corporate bosses.
If you're as outraged as we are that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of discrimination against women, share our graphic on Facebook and make sure your friends know about this sexist attack on women's health: