• http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570516689 Joya Banerjee

    I find it amazing that every single person in this article is an old white man. Stale, pale and male! Don’t they understand that contraception PREVENTS pregnancy and therefore REDUCES abortion?

    • disembodiedprose

      Religion, generally speaking, turns people into judgmental, close-minded sheep.

  • http://truthdogg.tumblr.com/ truthdogg

    It’s Tonn and Blank, not Tonn and Black:
    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/indiana/inndce/1:2012cv00325/71123/

    The CEO is Jon A. Gilmore.

    • Jodi Jacobson

      Thank you. Corrected!

      • http://truthdogg.tumblr.com/ truthdogg

        My pleasure! I only looked it up so I could add a pic of their CEO to my own link to your article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    This is what creeping theocracy looks like, folks. If you want to participate in the public marketplace, you have to realize that you have to provide fair and equal benefits. I wonder if these companies take money and do business with people who are “immoral”?

    • HeilMary1

      I’ll bet many of these uber Catholic men are adulterers and love quoting Paul VI’s Humana Vitae encyclical. It should be thrown in their pompous faces that their favorite pope used Caritas funds during the 1940s to fund death camps in Yugoslavia.

    • Rdzkz

      Are you right! When the customer comes in the door, then they only care if the money is green and will spend well. This is just another excuse not to pay!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710971942 Momfrog Lorita

    Does it occur to any of these people that if I do business with them, it’s because I want what they provide materially … not what their religious beliefs are? In other words, I want my air conditioner fixed by them, but I can totally take care of my own soul. If they are the absolute best at what they do, and there are no other viable alternatives, perhaps it would be OK to buy their product but ignore their prostelyting. But from what I read, there have to be at least 3 or 4 or 5 other companies that can provide what they can, and don’t impugn their beliefs on their employees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    Need chemo? Nah, I don’t want to cover it, too expensive. Need insulin? Pay
    for it yourself. You should have lived a healthier lifestyle. Want to
    have a baby? Yeah, no, that’s way too expensive. Totally your choice and
    your problem. Want some Viagra? hahahahahahaha, whoo, yeah right. I
    reckon this religious “pick and choose” business is going to have
    unintended consequences for everyone. Be careful what you wish for,
    anti-choicers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509270298 Kristen Adkins

    Sorry old men, Plan B doesn’t cause an abortion, it prevents pregnancy from happening. These idiots don’t know shit about birth control, pregnancy and how to be religious w/o forcing their idiotic beliefs onto others that don’t share their delusions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alison.ann.9 Alison Ann

    There are actually 23 for-profit companies challenging the contraception rule. Please check out this chart for a listing of all these cases and their current statuses: http://www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom/challenges-federal-contraceptive-coverage-rule

  • Connielawson

    I may not agree with all their religious views, but they should not have to choose between following their religious beliefs and providing jobs for others that want them. The mandate is a really bad policy now with the bad economy.

    • HeilMary1

      By your logic, employees should likewise be able to force their views on their employers. Do you really want to go there?

      Family planning saves billions in health care costs and drives up wages by reducing worker competition. World economies are bad because the Vatican has forced impoverished nations to overbreed way beyond available jobs. Overpopulation results in millions of unemployed adults competing with their own starving kids for slave wages. Overpopulation is the root cause of human trafficking, illegal immigration, outsourced jobs and wars.

      • Connielawson

        Neither one (employer or employee) should force their veiws
        on the other. If the employer doesn’t want to provide contraception or sterilization benefits, then some people will choose not to work with them.

        Your logic seems to suggest that getting rid of the human population on earth would eliminate unemployment, human trafficking, illegal immigration, outsourced jobs and war… Well yes, that’s one way to do it, but is very draconian.

        How about a more positive approach, considering people the solution and not the problem?

        • Jodi Jacobson

          Huh? Who suggested any of this? And by extension, your answer is to force people to have pregnancies and children they do not want? This is about individual rights, and if you are a for-profit company, you can’t discriminate on the basis of sex or other factors. Not providing a basic form of health care with proven public health benefits for women and children is a form of sex discrimination, and a detriment to public health AND the economy.

          • Connielawson

            Thankfully I live in the US and no one will force me to have children I don’t want or not have children I do want.

            If I agree with the benefits an employer chooses to offer me, I’ll work for them. If I don’t like the package I won’t.

            Let each of us make up our own mind and do business with who we want to. If I let you tell these employers what to do, pretty soon you’ll be telling me what to do.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            You are seriously naive if you believe this. If you let those employers tell their employees what to, pretty soon YOU will be telling them what to do. Oh, wait, you already are. Of COURSE, rather than telling the employer not to victimize their employees, blame the victims. WHOOPS.

        • HeilMary1

          As a disfigured survivor of Catholic anti-choice terrorism, I have extreme difficulty finding and keeping jobs. Currently, I work by default for a conservative organization and I’m surrounded by unhappy, under-employed and unemployed liberals who are outnumbered by equally qualified people in a scary tight job market. Automation, other innovations and corporate greed have greatly reduced the number of people needed for the same output. My company has greatly downsized, so half the people are now doing the work of three or more people. This is the global pattern.

          American jobs outsourced to slaves in India and the Philippines rob working Americans to exploit the overpopulated poor abroad. Supporting international family planning would bring American jobs back home because smaller families abroad could then demand higher wages. Of course, higher wages for everyone means less corporate profit for corrupt sex tourist CEOs. And smaller employed families are harder to lure into sex and drug trafficking. Less trafficking means less need for Blackwater mercenary contractors shooting at border refugees. Stable populations mean fewer contracts for war profiteers and GOP candidate buying. Your “leave holy bigots alone” approach will keep the misery going.

          Family planning saves women from deadly, divorce-causing and bankrupting childbirth complications. Catholic-endorsed Munchausen by Proxy medical abuse of women as throw-away breeders for pedophile priests is not constitutional, and shame on you for defending such “religious liberty”.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          They can follow their religious beliefs. They just shouldn’t be able to force their employees to follow them as well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

          Haven’t you been reading? Many employees would lack the resources to do so. However, you know the person that actually would not? THE EMPLOYER. Whoops.

    • Jodi Jacobson

      exactly how?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcel-Levesque/1240405490 Marcel Levesque

    enough already. when will belief in a supernatural being be deemed insanity? i don’t go around telling people who believe in god that they are fracking crazy because I’m sensitive to those dealing with mental deficiencies. but i also don’t let them run my life.

  • crystalevans

    The thing is I bet that they allow their employees to get Viagra on their health plan but birth control pills are banned. Doesn’t this smack of discrimination?

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  • Pace

    Old white guys telling women they don’t have rights over their own health care, making a claim and principle that cannot be defended. If they were Jehovah Witness they could deny you a blood transfusion. They want to do business in America, then they have to follow the same rules as other companies.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Such unenlightened thinking. Those of us who are enlightened should refuse to do business with them and encourage friends and family to do the same.

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  • aspromised

    So where are the Jehovah’s Witness employers who don’t want to provide blood transfusions or transplants in their plans? We could go on and on…. Surely most people understand that we all need protection FROM such overbearing employers.
    Why are people so willing to turn over their rights to corporations that they would dream of giving up to anyone else?!

  • http://twitter.com/wisconsinlogic Linda Prechtel

    Bet they don’t worry about masterbation by themselves or their male employees. (Bet they object to it by the FEMALE employees, though!)

  • melchiscott

    18 more reasons why we need to reanimate the ERA and get it passed.

  • cheetohman

    Ugh, I do business with Sioux Chief in the plumbing industry. Guess what? I’m the purchasing director, and there is nothing Sioux Chief sells that I can’t buy elsewhere, starting this afternoon. Thanks for the article.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/atunionbob Bob Hersh-geer

    Gee then lets make a law that says no person who objects to medical coverage for employees health coverage plans based upon religious belief of the company CEO/owner shall not be allowed any health coverage by any insurance company or health coverage plan at all because it is against their religious belief. Hence they the CEO’s would not have any insurance at all. Then let them cry fowl!
    Boycott every one of these companies..Today I stopped going to Hobby lobby which I did frequent often. I will take my business else where. Wont you stand up for equal protection under the law and boycott these companies too!!!???
    .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jimmy-Chavez/1136920172 Jimmy Chavez

    ahhh i can only boycott hobby lobby

  • jovan1984

    Thanks for this list, Jodi! I’ve decided to use this list as a template for my blogpost. This is a big list of business that should be boycotted due to their hatred of women. I’ve even added a layout on my blog so that the list can be easily accessed by those who view my blog. http://nblo.gs/JcrE7

  • Amus

    My employees don’t “earn” their medical benefits. It is just that, a benefit. We pay for 100% of the plan and should have every right to not choose contraceptive coverage based on our religious tenants.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      What about the religious tenets of your employees?

      • Amus

        Then they are welcome to pay for their own insurance and choose their coverage.

        • scrzbill

          You didn’t answer the question. You feel you can force your religious beliefs on others. What makes your religion superior to other religions?

          • Amus

            I don’t force my beliefs in anyone. I guess I could just get ride of our companies medical insurance and then one one would have to worry about my religious beliefs. I would save tens of thousands of dollars.
            Lets remember I own MY business. Not the government and not my employees. As far as I know we have not become a communist country just yet.

          • CharlieAdamsInKY

            We are not a theocracy, either, regardless of how much some of you might wish we were.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            Actually, yeah, you do. You force your religious beliefs of non-coverage on them, while they cannot force their religious beliefs of coverage on you. And, just where do you think you would be WITHOUT your employees? Hmmm…?

          • cjvg

            You could do that, but you probably hold out this benefit as a incentive to retain and hire the best staff.
            Your best employees might just decide they would rather go somewhere else where they earn more and can then afford to buy insurance.

    • Emma

      Actually, some (like me, for instance) would argue that health care coverage is not a ‘benefit’, but a basic human right. It is all very well to argue that those of your employees who disagree with your religious tenants (sic) should purchase their own insurance, however, this is not feasible for some due to factors such as expense, pre-existing conditions, and so forth. You do not own your employees and it is inappropriate for you to attempt to run their lives by shoving your religious tenets down their throats, especially in an economy in which it isn’t easy for employees to just quit their job and find an ideologically agreeable employer. That is coercion and an abuse of your power over your employees, and constitutes discrimination against those who do not follow the tenets of your religion. To ‘go and work for someone else’ is not necessarily a realistic option, particularly in an uneasy economic climate.

      And ffs. When are these people actually going to attempt to comprehend the science of how pregnancy and women’s bodies work? Perhaps they simply find it too icky? Emergency contraception is not abortion. It is a large dose of progesterone that can prevent ovulation if one has unprotected sex shortly before ovulation is to occur. If ovulation has already occurred, emergency contraception will not prevent fertilisation and implantation. It doesn’t even make sense to suggest that a large dose of progesterone will prevent implantation, as progesterone is one of the main hormones responsible for maintaining the endometrium during pregnancy.

    • scrzbill

      You’re entirely within your rights to push your religious beliefs on others. Pay is also a benefit, do you restrict what their pay will buy?

      • Amus

        I am required to pay them I am not required to give them medial benefits. Medical premiums is not part of their “pay”. If it was then it would be taxed.

      • Amus

        I am required by the federal government to pay my employees at least a minimum wage so it is not a benefit it is pay.
        Definition of Pay:
        “Noun
        Money paid to someone for regular work.”

        It is a mutually agreed upon dollar amount for the work they will be doing prior to hiring. Once they earn that money they are free to do what they want with it as it is their’s not mine.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

          So, why should the government not make health care a requirement? And why ISN’T health care a requirement for born humans like it is for FETUSES? Especially since HALF of the fucking population are what is required to bring your pwecious fetuses into the world? Whoops, someone is an illogical anti.

    • scrzbill

      If you were JW could you deny health coverage for blood transfusions? Do you deny men viagra? Forcing your religious beliefs on others is sick. If your religion was so good, why do you need to force it on others?

      • Amus

        I don’t deny anyone health coverage I am only choosing to “pay” for certain health coverage.
        FYI: We have an employee who is Christian Science and he is not forced to take medical coverage because it is against his religious beliefs and if he owned his own business I expect he wouldn’t pay for his employees health care and he has every right not to.
        And let’s be clear I don’t even have to offer health care coverage,nor am I required to pay for it. We do it because we want to for our employees. Just like I don’t have to give them a week and a half off at Christmas PAID so they can be with there families plus. Nor do we have to offer an IRA with matching contributions. Or unlimited paid sick days. Or paid time off to take there children or pets to the doctor ect…

    • cjvg

      So you support defining employee benefit packages based NOT on their work performance, but on your religion and the fact if they are male or female.?!
      So you feel that an excellent female worker who is not of your faith should be compensated less then a mediocre male worker who follows your faith?
      Since contraception is amoral according to you, your company must have a fully covered pregnancy and pre-natal care as well as a generous maternal leave and company sponsored daycare and parental leave if needed right?!
      Also women never lose their job even if they have been pregnant 5 times in the six years they work for you!
      If you pay in full for the benefit why not pay a higher salary and let people make their own choices, you would still be out off the same money but you would not be forced to compromise your morals or be unethically in your benefit package?!
      Or do you enjoy forcing females to follow your religion?
      Do you place restrictions on any medical procedures or medication a man can receive or is this benevolence of yours strictly reserved for female medical care?

    • Kristen

      Spoken like a true asshole boss

  • Rdzkz

    Oh but they understand contraception well enough to have enjoyed the benefits of not having to have been one of 13 children in a family and then raise and pay for at least 13 pregnancies and children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722074209 Elizabeth Creely

    This list needs to be updated to include Michael Potter of Eden Foods, an organic whole-foods company As many of you might already know, the Thomas More Foundation, a conservative Catholic legal foundation, has filed suit on behalf of Mr. Potter and Eden Foods seeking exclusion from the ACA.

  • cynthia brown

    Wow… all but one of these companies are owned by men… under the guise of religion they are still trying to say what a woman can and cannot do with her own body.

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