Posts Tagged SCOTUS

Watch John Oliver obliterate the logic behind considering corporations as people

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I saw this coming. The complete othering of women’s health care in this country is pretty demoralizing.

John Oliver, for one, was able to nail the absurdity of this decision before it even came down. Oliver’s  new “Last Week Tonight” is great — an extension of his hilarious time with Jon Stewart, but a bit more global and maybe more cheeky, too. I am not just saying this because he is British. (Ok, maybe I am, a little. But I have really enjoyed the show: his segments ...

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I ...

In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, what happens next?

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Kara Loewentheil. Kara is a research fellow and the director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. You can see more of her thoughts on the decision here.

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit businesses do not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement ensuring contraceptive coverage at no cost to the insured. The plaintiffs in these cases – and in almost 50 other cases filed making similar claims – claimed that providing coverage for various forms of birth control violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”), a federal ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Kara Loewentheil. Kara is a research fellow and the director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. You can ...

Breaking: SCOTUS strikes down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law

The Supreme Court ruled today that Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law, which requires anti-choice activists harassers to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances, violates their freedom of speech. SCOTUS issued their decision from within their own comfy buffer zone that keeps picketers outside their 252-by-98-foot plaza.

The fact that buffer zones are even necessary to ensure people have safe access to a legal, medical procedure is absurd, but that’s the world we live in. A survey by the National Abortion Federation found that 90 percent of clinics were concerned about the safety of patients and staff entering their facilities, 51 percent of clinics in areas with buffer zones reported a decrease in criminal activity after the policy was enacted, and 75 percent of them ...

The Supreme Court ruled today that Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law, which requires anti-choice activists harassers to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances, violates their freedom of speech. SCOTUS issued their decision from within their ...

Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan invests in contraception companies

Yup, that Hobby Lobby. The company that’s taken their “deeply held” religious objection to contraception all the way to the Supreme Court. The company that thinks allowing their employees to get coverage for certain types of birth control through their insurance plans–plans, mind you, that the employees pay the premium on–amounts to subsidizing immorality. The company that pulls out the world’s smallest violin as it earnestly cries that Obamacare is “forcing them to violate the law or violate their belief that life begins at conception – a choice no company should have to make.”

Turns out that same Hobby Lobby has been offering “a generous company match” on an employee retirement plan that invests in the manufacturers ...

Yup, that Hobby Lobby. The company that’s taken their “deeply held” religious objection to contraception all the way to the Supreme Court. The company that thinks allowing their employees to get coverage for certain types ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: What’s your favorite right-wing argument against birth control coverage?

Does your boss have the right to dictate what kind of medical treatment you get?

That’s the big question the Supreme Court is considering next week, when it takes up two of the lawsuits brought by private companies against Obamacare’s contraception mandate. (Religious institutions, you’ll remember, already have an exemption.) Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are claiming that their religious beliefs should give them the right to withhold insurance coverage for some forms of contraception — as well as doctor’s visits that so much as discuss these options — from their employees. Put another way: “Are secular, for-profit corporations free to violate the rights of their employees by claiming that the law violates their corporate religious conscience?” 

Does your boss have the right to dictate what kind of medical treatment you get?

That’s the big question the Supreme Court is considering next week, when it takes up two of the lawsuits brought by private companies ...

Breaking: Supreme Court will decide if companies can deny their workers contraception coverage because #WWJD?

The Supreme Court announced it will rule on two cases asking that companies be allowed to deny workers insurance coverage for contraception if it violates the corporation owners’ beliefs. Let’s hope the court prioritizes not violating reproductive rights.

The Supreme Court announced it will rule on two cases asking that companies be allowed to deny workers insurance coverage for contraception if it violates the corporation owners’ beliefs. Let’s hope the court prioritizes not violating ...

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