This post has been clawing at my brain. Have you ever delayed writing something because you know it’s going to make you feel all the feels and then you’ll need a stiff drink and to kick about 27 dogs? (I would never kick a dog. Well, I did once but it was loose and charging my baby in his stroller…that dog got it right in the ribs.) What I mean to say is I would like to kick several Supreme Court Justices. Right now. I would totally kick at least five in the ass.
Last week, the Supremes unanimously ruled the 35-foot buffer zone that protects women from harassment and violence as they enter an abortion clinic to be an unconstitutional violation of free speech. Apparently screaming slurs at women from 35 feet away is insufficient when it comes to the First Amendment. What this means is a woman entering a Planned Parenthood to pick up some birth control pills will now have both “peaceful sidewalk counselors” and aggressive protesters all up in her lady (noneofyourdamn) business. Not only does this increase the likelihood of an altercation, it completely strips a woman of her privacy, dignity, and ability to access health care without fear of intimidation. (Note to self – sign up to be clinic patient escort.)
So, if that was the cake, today was the icing. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that corporations could deny insurance coverage of birth control to their employees if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Did you catch that part? Violating CORPORATE religious beliefs. What the fucking bloody hell? Do they truly not see or care about the precedent they have set today?
I have spent the better part of today doing the thing one must never do – battling ignorance on the Internets. You know, the peach-of-a-human-being that says things like, “If women don’t want to pay for their own birth control they should keep their damn legs shut.” (But with way more spelling and grammatical errors.) The stupid, it burns.
When I get really sad is when I find myself debating other intelligent women who insist it is perfectly fine for their employer to discriminate against them and intrude upon private health care decisions because JESUS. In these instances, I realize that religion (and FOX News) is doing exactly what it was designed to do – brainwashing people until they are willing to righteously advocate against their own self-interest. SMDH at all of the social media images of young women (bussed in by their church groups, no doubt) fan-girling out over the decision like the Beatles just walked on stage. “Three cheers for corporate intrusion! Welcome to my exam room, white, male CEO! Can I get an amen for the infantalization of women? Long live the patriarchy!”
Justice Ginsburg (bless her – don’t ever die, Ruth!) wrote a scathing, blistering, all-the-adjectives 35-page dissent with some of the highlights linked here. Of course she is 100% correct. And so today, I wear this shirt.
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