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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