Ruth Bader Ginsburg Brilliantly Calls Out The Hobby Lobby Radical Anti-Woman Ruling
I know so many of us felt disgusted and upset about the ridiculous ruling in the Hobby Lobby decision that ruled closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons that came down yesterday. Instead of eating extra ice cream (me) or getting angry on the Internet (me and you), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw down some common sense in the form of a 35 page dissent about mandatory contraception coverage. One of the points she made, a lot more eloquently than I did yesterday?
“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.”
You can read the entire brilliant, amazing, badass thing here, or if you are lazy, someone made it into a song:
The amazing Ginsburg wasn’t the only one writing dissertations yesterday, judging by the volume of E-mails I received from readers new and old who wanted to make their opinion on this whole thing clear to me, but my favorite one came from our reader Jane, who wanted to remind us:
I, like many readers, am seriously outraged by the Hobby Lobby decision. But rather than just bitch and moan, I was hoping that we could try to make something productive come out of it. Many women will still need access to affordable contraception. What if we started a campaign to donate to Planned Parenthood in honor of Hobby Lobby? We’d be doing something good and it would be a symbolic FU. Minimum donations are only $5 and it’s super easy to donate online. I would LOVE it if you could post something about this tomorrow.
The PP honorary giving link is here.
If you wish to donate, do it. You can also leave a message for the supreme court here. Because at this point I think that’s the only thing that can make any of us feel better right now.