Posts Tagged religious freedom

Breaking: SCOTUS rules that your boss can deny you birth control coverage

Well, shit. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in favor of the private companies demanding an exemption from the contraception mandate under the banner of religious freedom.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

The court held on a 5-4 vote on ideological lines that such companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the healthcare law. The decision means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.

As you’ll recall, the argument made by ...

Well, shit. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in favor of the private companies demanding an exemption from the contraception mandate under the banner of religious freedom.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled ...

Ultraviolet birth control infographic

American women like birth control, don’t think companies have right to trample on people’s freedoms

As the Supreme Court takes up the challenges to Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate today, here are a few more numbers to add to this infographic from Ultraviolet.

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of a few reproductive rights organizations, 68 percent of female voters firmly reject Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood’s argument, saying companies shouldn’t be allowed refuse to cover contraception in their health plans — and more than half disagree strongly. Eighty-four percent agree that the choice about using birth control should be a personal decision and a woman’s boss should not be able to interfere with it. 

As the Supreme Court takes up the challenges to Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate today, here are a few more numbers to add to this infographic from Ultraviolet.

According to a new poll conducted on ...

In the Name of Our Humanity: The Failure of Tolerance for LGBTQ People

There’s been an instructive imbroglio flaring between a few men in the middle echelons of the American commentariat. The New York Times’ Ross Douthat wrote about the “terms of surrender” that he and other opponents of LGBT  marriage equality were currently negotiating against what he sees as gay rights’ relentless march, Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern forcefully declaims the dissembling disingenuousness inherent to the piece, and then a couple of other men from The Week have a go on the merry go round, with Michael Brendan Dougherty making a pluralist-inspired paean for “religious liberty,” and Damon Linker going further and asseverating that same sex marriage supporters are “the real bigots” in this debate.

There’s been an instructive imbroglio flaring between a few men in the middle echelons of the American commentariat. The New York Times’ Ross Douthat wrote about the “terms of surrender” that he and other opponents ...

U.N. goes IN on the Vatican: Criticizes handling of sexual abuse cases, abortion, and contraception

The Vatican was the target of quite a scolding from a United Nations human rights committee.

According to the Associated Press, the Vatican “‘systematically’ adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a U.N. human rights committee said Wednesday, urging the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.” 

The Vatican was the target of quite a scolding from a United Nations human rights committee.

According to the Associated Press, the Vatican “‘systematically’ adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and ...

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown on religious freedom and vagina


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Yesterday in Michigan, before the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills passed the House, Rep. Lisa Brown spoke for the many pro-choice advocates who were silenced in debate. She then offered a very different take on religious freedom from the one we typically hear in US politics. Jewish law requires therapeutic abortion if a pregnant person’s life is at risk. So this anti-choice legislation is (by the weird logic that says religious freedom means the state’s laws should be the church’s laws) also impinging on religious freedom.

And then Rep. Brown said “vagina.” And then she was banned from speaking on the House floor in future debates. Seriously. State Rep. Barb Byrum was also apparently banned ...


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Yesterday in Michigan, before the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills passed the House, Rep. Lisa Brown spoke for the many pro-choice advocates who were silenced in debate. She then offered a very ...

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Psst, anti-choicers! Your real agenda is showing!

What did you do this weekend? Did you attend a rally to protest the Obama administration’s infringement on religious liberty? Probably not. Because even if you did go to Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally in Washington, D.C., that’s not what that rally was about.

Yes, I know, it has “religious freedom” in the title, but that’s a front. It’s not about religious freedom; it’s about contraception and the evils it has wrought on our culture. Evils like education and careers for women, bodily autonomy, and sex for pure pleasure.

At Salon, the wonderful Sarah Posner has profiled some of the people behind Friday’s rally, including David Bereit, co-founder of 40 Days for Life. Here’s what Bereit has to ...

What did you do this weekend? Did you attend a rally to protest the Obama administration’s infringement on religious liberty? Probably not. Because even if you did go to Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally ...

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Judge rules pharmacists can refuse to sell emergency contraception

In yet another victory for “religious conscience” at the expense of women’s health, a federal judge struck down Washington State’s law requiring pharmacies to stock emergency contraception. The AP reports:

Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state’s true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists–not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine. The state requires pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a community need and to stock ...

In yet another victory for “religious conscience” at the expense of women’s health, a federal judge struck down Washington State’s law requiring pharmacies to stock emergency contraception. The AP reports:

Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell ...

GOP prevents women from testifying at birth control coverage hearing

Where my ladies at?

Definitely not at the House Committee hearing happening right now to discuss whether no-cost birth control coverage “trampled on freedom of religion?” (Hint: It doesn’t.) Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa rejected a request to include just one female witness, saying “the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception.” Democratic women on the committee made a final appeal at the hearing, asking Issa to let a college student testify.

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http://youtu.be/MK38kuMOuXY

Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Eleanor Holmes Norton walked out in protest. As we all should, metaphorically. This is democracy in action, ladies and gentlemen: Women actively barred from speaking about an issue that directly affects us, our health, and our lives.

If ...

Where my ladies at?

Definitely not at the House Committee hearing happening right now to discuss whether no-cost birth control coverage “trampled on freedom of religion?” (Hint: It doesn’t.) Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa rejected ...

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