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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Incredibly regressive political theater to make contraception a legislative issue - keep politicians out of our bedrooms

Women must vote in 2016 to protect the right to keep politicians out of reproductive health.  

In my lifetime, I never thought it possible for politicians and court judges to control access to women's reproduction. Unfortunately, the men on the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled that women must abide by the decision of their family owned company employers, who want to deny them access to contraception paid for by health insurance.

It's inconceivable for a person's employer to influence a woman's access to reproductive health care. But, that's how the U.S. Supreme Court men ruled, while the women on the Bench didn't support this decision.

It was a split vote, with the men supporting the right of family owned companies to deny paying for contraction for women in health insurance policies.

Regressive medieval style behavior on the part of the Supreme Court, especially the right wing decision by Justice Alito, must be reversed.  

Meanwhile, the Democrats in the U.S. Congress will try to follow the Court's advice and include the provision of birth control in the health insurance law that was challenged by the right wing businesses like "Hobby Lobby".

Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women have access to coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections.

The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act.

The measure could be on the Senate floor as early as next week, Senate Democrats said.

Women must unite behind this effort to protect contraception coverage in health insurance plans with federal legislation. 

Even more important, the risk of having right wing zealots interfere with women's health should be eliminated by voting all Republicans out of office.

In the meantime, women can put Hobby Lobby out of business by shopping elsewhere for crafting items.

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