Poverty, violence and other issues aside, women everywhere are focused on being depressed after hearing the “anti-woman” ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.and Wheaton College v. Sylvia Burwell last week. Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College became embroiled in litigation due to Obamacare’s requirement that for-profit employers provide abortifacients to employees, despite their owners’ Christian beliefs. As we all know, there is no issue or right more important to women everywhere than to force all employers to subsidize their use of abortifacients.
It doesn’t matter that women can easily buy the abortifacient Plan B over the counter inexpensively for $50 without a prescription. It doesn’t matter that Planned Parenthood provides abortifacients and birth control free to low-income women. Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent to the Hobby Lobby case, righteously declared, "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."
Five Catholic and mostly white men on the Supreme Court just perpetuated sexism, misogyny and chauvinism into the 21st century, according to three dissenting and caring feminists on the court (never mind that one of them, Justice Kagan, is Catholic too). The War on Women has ratcheted up one notch. Women have never been so oppressed. Ginsburg stated in her dissent that the Hobby Lobby majority decision puts women “into a minefield.” Without employer-covered abortifacients, they may as well be in live combat on the battlefield!
Similarly, in the Wheaton College decision, Justice Sotomayor’s dissent compared paying for abortifacients to being drafted for the army. If an employer doesn’t pay for abortifacients, it’s the same as a conscientious objector escaping the draft while someone else is forced to go in his place. That’s right, Planned Parenthood - which is subsidized by the government - paying for abortifacients is the same thing as drafting Planned Parenthood into combat warfare.
Women want their employers to care about them having sex; translated, they need them to pay for their abortions. Feminists have long railed that government should get out of the bedroom, but they understand that rhetoric doesn’t always translate into reality. Women shouldn’t have to be responsible for their own choices to have sex and then abort the babies. That financial cost should all belong to their employers. As Ginsburg correctly said in her Hobby Lobby dissent, “Those interests are concrete, specific, and demonstrated by a wealth of empirical evidence.”
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