Even with a disastrous deficit of $1.4 billion, the proposed 2014-15 Pennsylvania budget is pouring more money into an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center network that recently made headlines for “failing to see a single client” in another state, despite a significant government contract there.
Monday’s Hobby Lobby ruling is one more piece of evidence that we still do not value women’s rights in the same way that we value “universal rights”—that is, rights that pertain to men.
Reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Massachusetts buffer zone case, you might get the idea that free speech in the form of protests and handing out literature about social and political issues is practiced without restriction in the United States. But that is not the case.
Melissa Harris-Perry dissects the Supreme Court’s recent buffer zone ruling and is joined by Michelle Kinsey Bruns, an abortion clinic organizer, Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Irin Carmon, and Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University. [via MSNBC]
Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.
In a series of orders issued Tuesday, the Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings upholding religious objections to providing any contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.
Black women already have low and inconsistent use of birth control due to access barriers, and Monday’s Hobby Lobby decision is one more that puts effective care out of financial reach for many in need.
Thanks to the conservatives on the Supreme Court, corporations now have a whole new basis for objecting to government regulations.
Jonathan Mann sings a song based on Justice Ginsburg’s dissent lamenting the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, which will allow closely held companies to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees, and encouraging us to unite and keep fighting against harmful court decisions such as this one.