So this week I have been mad/angry/confused/upset/furious/full of rage regarding the Hobby Lobby decision. For those of you who don’t know about this incredibly offensive court ruling that restricts access to contraception, read about it here and here.
A shining moment in all of this is the SCATHING dissent, written by a personal hero of mine, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You can read the full dissent here, but I chose a few choice quotes and paired them with my all-time fave photos of RBG throwing spectacular shade at old dudes. She does not suffer fools.
“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
“The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage”
“It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”
“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.”
“Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”
All hail our HBIC of the highest court in the land.