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The first and original reason for this diary was to report about a new survey that was  conducted by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) which claims the major of this country is most likely in favor of mandatory insurance coverage for birth control.

While researching for the original diary, I came across another story which stated that although the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was originally due to make their decision on the Hobby Lobby case in June, News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City reports the SCOTUS decision could come as early as today, April 23. If so, let's hope they take this survey into consideration.

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A cross-sectional survey was administered in November 2013. The survey used the online KnowledgePanel (GfK Custom Research North America), a national panel es- tablished through probability sampling of the civilian, nonin- stitutionalized US population (aged ≥18 years). Respondents were asked, “Do you think that all health plans in the United States should be required to include coverage for the following services: birth control medications, preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies, recommended vaccinations, preventive screening tests for diabetes and high cholesterol, mental health care, and dental/tooth care including dental screenings and tooth problems?” Possible responses included yes, no, uncertain, and refused to answer. The re- spouse rate was determined using RR1 of the American Assoitation for Public Opinion Research.

Discussion | Overall, 69% of respondents supported mandated coverage of birth control medications in health plans, with significantly higher odds of support among women, black, and Hispanic respondents. Support for mandated coverage of birth control medication was lower than for other benefits, including services that have prompted public debate (e.g., vaccination and mental health services).

In this study, the majority of participants supported universal coverage of birth control medications, as well as man-dated coverage of several other services.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) began covering contraceptives in 2012. In 2014, Hobby Lobby appealed the coverage via the Supreme Court. Hobby Lobby asserted they should not have to offer their employees birth control because it's against their religion. Hobby Lobby buys their products from China where abortion is not only legal, but sometimes forced. Hobby Lobby thinks this country is stupid.

Many were outraged by the fact the Hobby Lobby lawsuit made it as far as SCOTUS. Then to have the high court announce they would prolong their decision until June, added insult to injury for American women. The major injuries began in 2010 when Republican lawmakers gained control of the House and began introducing outrageous anti-choice, anti-women bills - even passing a boatload of them. This new survey sheds a positive light in favor of women, for whenever SCOTUS does give their ruling.

To Hobby Lobby: We'll see your religion, and raise you 69%.

To SCOTUS: If you opt to ignore the wishes of the majority of Americans, and decide against the best interest of women, allowing Hobby Lobby to follow through with their sex discrimination at work, which is illegal, then SCOTUS, you are worthless to the people.

Special thanks: Maggie Fox/NBC News and News Channel 4

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