06.16.2014

WASHINGTON – Anyone who thought the War on Women is only being waged in Congress and state legislatures should guess again. Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has waded into the fray, today siding with virulently anti-woman forces in Mccullen v. Coakley and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.In McCullen, the court overturned Massashusetts’s 35-foot buffer zone law that protects abortion clinics from violent protesters — even while the Chief Justice insists on keeping a 100-foot buffer zone around the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. In Hobby Lobby, the court voted to allow corporations, in the name of religious “beliefs,” to strip contraception from their employer-based health plans.

The Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate holds the promise of saving women’s and infants’ lives by reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy, which correlates closely with maternal and infant mortality and increases the risk of domestic violence homicide.  Even if corporate bosses actually believe birth control goes against their religion, there are some “beliefs,” no matter how sincerely held, that should not be respected — such as a “belief” that works to the detriment of a specific demographic group that has historically experienced discrimination.  Society rejects the use of religion to justify racial and homophobic bigotry, and the same must be true for gender bigotry as well.

Deeply out of touch with the reality of women’s lives, the Roberts Court dismissed the fact that the Massachusetts buffer zone law was passed after a gunman in suburban Boston attacked two abortion clinics, killing two people and injuring five others.  Adding insult to injury is the court’s hypocrisy in defending its own 100-foot buffer zone, as necessary to preserve proper “order and decorum” outside its building.

NOW’s grassroots leaders and activists are mobilizing to reverse the 30-year right wing campaign to take over the federal courts, and ensure that these dangerous decisions are not allowed to stand.

Every woman has the right to make her own reproductive health care decisions free from coercion and violence — and free from the interference of out-of-touch Supreme Court justices.

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