The Hobby Lobby Decision

So, from now on, when you go to a job interview, remember to ask the HR folks about the corporation/company’s religious exemptions to your health insurance.

According to Reuters, Hobby Lobby did not seek exemption for all forms of birth control, only emergency contraceptives and IUDs. Justice Ginsberg sees much larger and more chaotic implications of the decision, as noted in her objection. Part of the problem is that the owners of the company don’t have to follow the science about these drugs/methods, only their “sincerely held beliefs.”

Importantly, employees can still obtain these services/medications through their insurance, just in some as yet undefined process that does not involve the employer (my bet is a separate “rider” for whatever they choose to exclude, at your extra cost).

See the Reuters article here (click).

Hobby Lobby has a page on its site devoted to its Ministry Projects, and various not really applicable historical quotations. So, how far does this collection of quotations go toward being a ministry project or the actual demonstration of “sincerity.” There is no evidence here of any practical project.

As a bar for legal sincerity that will affect the cost of health care, even its access, for women who do not share an owner’s faith, this strikes me as exceptionally low.

Further reports and analysis and educated rants at Politco, Jezebel, Bitch. I’m sure there’s more to come.

Carry on!
Simone Roberts
Web Editor / Historian
Virginia NOW

 

Plan B WANTED – On the Shelves in Virginia

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Plan B WANTED, On the Shelves

Hey Virginia, we have a scavenger hunt for you. If you spot Plan B on the shelves at your local grocery store or any pharmacy, send us a pic! Several of our members have reported not finding it, but having store managers say it will only be available behind their counters.

We need to get emergency contraception on the shelf, without IDs and without explanations.  Send pics of it out there so we can thank pharmacies that are following the law and empowering choice. Ready? Go!

P.S.  Feel free to start a hashtag, #PlanBWanted !  Post it on our Facebook or twitter pages!

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Shine on in Revolution,

Paradise Kendra
Communications VP
Virginia NOW

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