Tuesday was a bad day for me. It started out fine. But as the day went on and the emails came in about the hearing before the Supreme Court–Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (there’s also Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius being heard at the same time)–and I grew angrier and angrier.
My initial anger was that the case even made it before the Supreme Court. Keeping a boss out of an employee’s bedroom seems so cut and dry to me, that making it before the highest court in the land makes me nervous. Why was it necessary to go this far? Why do the Supreme Justices need to hear arguments about this?
Then the inaccurate reporting made my blood boil. People who post wrong things on Facebook and Twitter get a pass once or twice because they might be lazy and didn’t do their research. News media that report inaccuracies about birth control methods, confusing them with abortion, are–plain and simple–idiots. They shouldn’t be allowed to read a newspaper to a room full of kindergartners, much less be paid to report the news to the masses.
Hobby Lobby themselves are a heaping, steaming pile of hypocritical poo. They claim to be so Christian and concerned about the welfare of unborn life. Yet most of their products are made in China, where human life isn’t exactly valued. Where abortions are performed regularly and infanticide is common. Unwanted baby girls being the most common victims.
Through the grapevine, I’ve heard stories about the way they treat their employees. They seem to pick and choose the Christian values they feel they need to follow. Human decency, occasionally. Repression of women, always. (Of course, this is all hear-say and they might be stellar employers.)
Except they want to invade their women employees’ bedrooms. They want to go into the exam rooms when they meet with their doctors. They want to be involved in the interactions between them and their pharmacists. That’s entirely too intrusive for me. It seems the owners of Hobby Lobby have spent way too much time thinking about the sex lives of the women who work for them.
Notice it’s the women. Because they aren’t trying to put an end to men masturbating–we all know sperm has a part in pregnancy. They also have no problem supplying erectile dysfunction medications and devices. Why are men never considered a part of the reproductive equation until it’s time to control a woman’s body?
I almost typed that women’s reproductive rights are being slowly chipped away. Except it’s no longer slowly. It’s rapidly becoming reality that legal access to women’s healthcare, above and beyond legal abortions, is increasingly difficult to find. Is this the world you want to live in? Is this the way we want our government to be involved?
Please don’t be fooled when you see Republican memes going around saying things about Democrats being all about “Big Government.” Because it’s the rare (and maybe imposter) Democrat who wants to get into bed with you. But the Republicans who rail against Big Government feel they belong in your uterus. Along with your partner, your doctor, and your pharmacist. It doesn’t get any more Big Government that that!
They have no business there. They have no business dictating what medications you should have access to or what medications you can take. The have no business taking away the legal right to abortions. They have no business taking away women’s health care for poor and indigent women in rural areas.
Yet this is what they are doing each time another state chips away at our rights.
The only way we stop this invasion of our privacy and our bodies is to vote. We need to be proactive. We need to fight. I’ve said it for years–if we give an inch, we lose it all. We cannot lose it all. Not for our daughters, our nieces, our cousins, our sisters, our neighbors, our friends. We might not believe in abortion, but can we really step into another woman’s shoes and make that decision for her?
We need to vote. We need to vet the candidates running in our local races. We need to support pro-choice candidates. We need to sign petitions. We need to share the memes.
We need to stop this religious invasion of our country that has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with hypocrisy and insanity. We need to avoid businesses the support suppressive policies of women. Don’t shop at Hobby Lobby!
There’s a lot of work to do before November, people. Time to get to it!