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Supreme Court Puts Corporations above Women in Hobby Lobby Decision
NARAL Pro-Choice Montana and our thousands of members are deeply disturbed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations to decide what’s best for women’s health. In a 5-4 decision, the highest Court gave for-profit businesses the authority to deny basic preventative healthcare to their employees. The decision could have far reaching effects.
Consider Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words in her dissent:
"Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah's Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today's decision."
This case will reach beyond Hobby Lobby and its employees. There are 82 cases currently on record right now—businesses wishing to deny employees access to birth control. Surely there will be more to come.
This decision has given powers to corporations that we have never seen before. It is a slippery slope on an already precarious foothold. Attacks on women’s reproductive health have been relentless and driven by hard line religious political extremists. Access to basic healthcare is dwindling and this will only lead to negative health consequences for women and greater costs to society.
Healthcare plans are a part of an employee’s compensation for their labor—no different from wages. An employee should not have to get their bosses permission to determine what is best for her health. This decision has put bosses in between a woman and her doctor.
Corporations are not people. The Supreme Court decision is wrong. It has placed corporations above women and has allowed businesses to discriminate against women. This is a bad step for public health and a bad step for American society.