These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.
There can be little doubt that this was a very good year for corporations, employers and fat cats. Meanwhile, racial minority groups were again reminded that the civil rights movement is a thing of the past.
An enormous gap has emerged about what liberty means today. The debate drives vastly different visions of where the country is headed. What should unite us, divides us. Unnecessarily, as it turns out. There's common ground if we want to find it.
I started going to Planned Parenthood in 1997, and since then have gotten all my reproductive health care there, because once inside, I feel respected and listened to, and able to access the medical care I need without judgement. Outside, however, it's another story.
Dissenting opinions are almost always good both for the law itself and for public understanding of it. They should not be disparaged as obstreperous division.
Because corporations exist in order to put up a barrier between a business and its owners, that means that the religious liberty of the owners cannot be violated by anything the corporation is compelled, by law, to do.
To allow religious objectors not to participate in "plans" that enable the government to pay for things they view as sinful is tantamount to allowing religious objectors to object to government itself.
Defensively, the five Catholic male Supreme Court justices in the majority took some time to insist that their ruling is narrow. Don't believe it. The decision is a radical departure from prior law with monumental implications.
A good friend of mine, an economics professor, is a devout libertarian. Years ago, he explained that he was opposed to the Civil Rights Act barring discrimination in employment.
The Supreme Court is losing the only thing it really has to maintain it's power, the trust of the American public. No mater what side you're on, if you are patriotic American, that's scary.
They all illustrate how the human cognitive system is driven much more by subconscious emotions than by a conscious objective analysis of the facts alone.
America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."
So hooray! Corporations are people! Religious, God-fearing folk, just like that sour old lady in the denim jumper who grimaces when she sees you buying pink citronella candles at the Walmart Express with your gay lover.
The Hobby Lobby ruling not only is terrible news for women seeking a guarantee of good health care through their employer, but also for anybody who believes in personal freedom.
Happy 4th of July weekend! The week leading up to the holiday gave us much to celebrate -- and much not to celebrate. We can certainly rejoice that Hurricane Arthur failed to do much damage before weakening and heading out to sea. But there can only be consternation at the Supreme Court's decision to allow some corporations to withhold birth control coverage -- damage reports to follow in the years to come. We can also celebrate that the latest jobs numbers showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June. Far less worthy of fireworks is the fact that wage growth still lags in this unequal recovery. And though there were ugly anti-immigration protests in Southern California, we can celebrate that most Americans realize it's our shared history as a nation of immigrants that defines us.
Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit businesses with religious objections are no longer required to abide by the laws of an enlightened, first-world society. Emboldened by the decision, Hobby Lobby says it's eager to unleash even more religious freedom on its employees.