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Today, the Supreme Court declared that some corporations can deny women affordable access to contraception, because corporate rights trump women's rights.

Help us reach 50,000 strong denouncing the Supreme Court’s decision and declaring that a woman’s boss should NOT have a say in her health care decisions: SIGN YOUR NAME HERE

In its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court said that a woman’s boss CAN deny employees access to birth control coverage.  It’s just another example of this Court deciding that corporate rights trump women’s rights.

While today’s decision is a setback, we won’t let it silence our voices.  Instead, let’s use this moment to send an overwhelming, unmistakable message that we’re sick and tired of Supreme Court decisions putting corporate interests ahead of the rights of workers and women.

Will you sign my petition denouncing the Supreme Court’s decision and declaring that a woman’s boss should NOT have a say in her health care decisions? Then, share this petition on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for standing with me,

Sandra Fluke

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  •  Elections have consequences and people... (5+ / 0-)

    have short term memories.

    Corporations don't.

    In about a year, this will be forgotten in favor of the next big atrocity and women will still vote GOP in the same numbers.

    •  Not if we keep reminding them. (8+ / 0-)

      This needs to be kept hot at least through November. Let's get some more and better Democrats, like Sandra, elected to Congress.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:48:25 PM PDT

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    •  No. This won't be forgotten. (11+ / 0-)

      In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

      by ExpatGirl on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:50:16 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed. It won't be. (16+ / 0-)

        It's particularly egregiously that they tried to limit this to women's reproductive choices and control over their lives and say this doesn't apply to corporations' "religious beliefs" about, say, vaccines. They may be saying it in a nicer way than Rush Limbaugh but they are basically saying "You sluts should pay for having sex." It's not about religion, it's about misogyny.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

        by anastasia p on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:52:32 PM PDT

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      •  What about forbidding male employees from (4+ / 0-)
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        using insurance to get Viagra? Which care for male reproductive health can be banned?

      •  Yes it will because... (0+ / 0-)

        the real world consequences are likely to be zero as the government will need to expand the program covering non-profits.

        •  I can't tell from your name or your (0+ / 0-)

          profile if you are a man or a woman.

          In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

          by ExpatGirl on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 02:37:28 PM PDT

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          •  I'm not sure why that would be your response (0+ / 0-)

            The real world consequences will not be affected by my gender.

            •  Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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              The real world consequences are going to be experienced by one gender. The ruling impacted one gender.

              Unless I am missing something. Can men get pregnant now? Or suffer from a medical condition that requires BC tablets to treat?

              Genuine curiosity, what does "will need to expand the program covering non-profits" mean? What program covering non-profits? How do you see whatever the program is being expanded?

              In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

              by ExpatGirl on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 08:37:46 PM PDT

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              •  Currently, if a non-profit indicates that for (0+ / 0-)

                religious reasons it will not pay for contraception for its employees, the insurer is required to provide it at no cost to the employee or employer per HHS regulations.

                The program will be expanded by HHS altering the regulation to cover for profit entities.  This can be done unilaterally by the administration.   Indeed, the existence of this program was part of the reason Hobby Lobby won in court.

                •  Do you have links for that? (0+ / 0-)

                  If this is true, I'd like to understand more.  Can you please give me links to help me?  Thanks.

                  Regardless, this just goes to show that employers have no business providing health insurance to employees.  They don't buy our gas or groceries for us, they shouldn't be in the business of providing health insurance either.

                  If a small minority of people is now stealthily ruling what was previously a democratic country, and "the people" don't seem to realize it, should anyone bother to tell them?

                  by Older and Wiser Now on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 03:38:45 PM PDT

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                •  Since I didn't get a response from you (0+ / 0-)

                  I found something myself (see below) from KORTE v. SEBELIUS:

                  http://caselaw.findlaw.com/...

                  The religious-employer exemption did not leave room for conscientious religious objectors other than houses of worship, their integrated affiliate organizations, and religious orders acting as such ...

                  HHS responded to the outcry from these left-out employers by establishing a temporary “safe harbor” for certain nonprofit religious organizations not covered by the exemption.

                  Under the revised rule, certain nonprofit religiously affiliated employers may receive an “accommodation”—essentially, an attempted workaround whereby the objecting employer gives notice to its insurance carrier and the insurer issues a separate policy with the mandated coverage.  The accommodation is limited to organizations that meet the following requirements:

                  (1) The organization opposes providing coverage for some or all of any contraceptive services required to be covered under § 147.130(a)(1)(iv) on account of religious objections.

                  (2) The organization operates as a nonprofit entity.

                  (3) The organization holds itself out as a religious organization.

                  (4) The organization self-certifies, in a form and manner specified by the Secretary, that it satisfies the criteria in paragraphs (b)(1) through (3) of this section․

                  You write, "Indeed, the existence of this program was part of the reason Hobby Lobby won in court."  Is this simply your opinion, or did some expert express this opinion in a way that you can reference?

                  You also wrote "The program will be expanded by HHS altering the regulation to cover for profit entities," as if that is easy enough to do.  If it is so easy to do, wouldn't it have just been done in the first place?

                  If a small minority of people is now stealthily ruling what was previously a democratic country, and "the people" don't seem to realize it, should anyone bother to tell them?

                  by Older and Wiser Now on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:33:54 PM PDT

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                  •  This post includes an explanation (0+ / 0-)

                    This is long, but it does include Alito's explanation of why the decision won't actually affect Hobby Lobby and other corporations' female employees: http://www.dailykos.com/...

                    However, Alito then turned around the very next day and ruled that it was a violation of religious non-profit organizations' religious liberty.  See http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/... for the three female justices' scathing indictment of Alito's blatant hypocrisy in that decision.  Justice Sotomayor:

                    "After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, retreats from that position. That action evinces disregard for even the newest of this Court's precedents and undermines confidence in this institution."
                    •  Oops, correction: (0+ / 0-)

                      It was actually four days later, not the next day, that Alito contradicted himself by invalidating the same provision for religious non-profits that he used to claim Hobby Lobby's employees wouldn't be harmed by his previous decision.

    •  Let's put Sandra Fluke in the Senate in Sacramento (2+ / 0-)
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      We need her there at least.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:33:12 PM PDT

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  •  Women should then incorporate. (5+ / 0-)

    (I know that's snarky, but how else are they to become persons in the eyes of the Supreme Court?)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:44:34 PM PDT

  •  Corporations are people, but we are NOT (10+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:46:48 PM PDT

  •  I forget, F*CK the women who vote for Rs (0+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:48:13 PM PDT

  •  You have been so incredibly amazing on this issue. (10+ / 0-)

    I will sign your petition with pleasure.

    And thank you for being brave enough to speak for me despite the incredible bile that gets sent your way.

    In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

    by ExpatGirl on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:52:32 PM PDT

  •  Here's my stock answer for these types of (3+ / 0-)
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    situations - "If that's what's in our Constitution, then it's obvious that we need a new Constitution" (and a mere new Supreme Court won't work, because we've had many of them over my decades and the overall trajectory just plain sucks.)

    Even in a near term perspective, if you knew at the end of the Clinton years where we would be today, and there had been a viable push for a Constitutional Convention, would your knee jerk response to such a suggestion at that time still have been as negative as it is today?

    Folks, the damage is already done (though smart money is saying that things get far worse before they get even a litTle better).

    THE SECOND AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:10:00 PM PDT

    •  Thanks to this decision and Citizens United... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...I now agree with you.  It is high time to get money out of politics and put corporations in their place.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:31:21 PM PDT

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    •  Why call for something that ALEC and other (0+ / 0-)

      Corporatist funded political entities have been salivating over and agitating for?  

      What happens at a Constitutional Convention will be determined by the delegates who are sent.  If the House is ReTHUGlican controlled because of egregious gerrymandering, what political ideology will be in the majority at a Constitutional Convention?  The majority will be bought and paid for Corporatist shills with a strong dose of theocrats for good measure.

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 09:40:41 PM PDT

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      •  No, what happens will be decided in the Court of (0+ / 0-)

        Public Opinion, because a once every 200 + years ervent will not go unnoticed.

        But it should also be noted that you are siding squarely with The John Birch Society. They fear a Con-Con because they fear that the people will take it over, and move the country solidly to the left. You and they can't both be right.

        And then there's the fact that your strategy has already brought us Citizens United, Hobby Lobby, etc.

        There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

        by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 04:15:30 PM PDT

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        •  Why do you think that the court of public opinion (1+ / 0-)
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          will decide?  

          Are you aware of just who voted to approve the chucking of the Articles of Confederation and ratification of the Constitution? It was not "The People."  The Constitutional Convention delegates are the ones who determined how the Constitution would be ratified and who would vote for or against ratification.

          State legislatures will determine who is sent to a Constitutional Convention...the same ReTHUG-controlled state legislatures that gerymandered the hell out of their states so that even when Democrats win the majority of votes, ReTHUGlicans still maintain control of the House and state legislatures.

          There are NO rules for a Constitutional Convention...NONE. The delegates write them.  Wisconsin ReTHUGlicans just called for a Constitutional Convention...that should be enough for any Democrat or Progressive to give pause.  Do you honestly think that those like ALEC and the Koch Bros support the call for a Constitutional Convention because they think they will lose what they hope to gain?  

          The time to call a Constitutional Convention is when 3/4th of the states have Democratic-controlled state legislatures...the time is NOT now!

          Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

          by ranton on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 08:43:40 PM PDT

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          •  For you to equate the most monumental event (0+ / 0-)

            since the first Con-Con with every day politics speaks volumes to your lack of understanding. Our population won't even allow the holding of the Convention that you irrationally fear, let alone the Ratification of its obscence outcome. Redistricting happens in a dark room. The Second American Constitutioal Convention will not go down that way. It will be the single most broadcast event in human history.

            There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

            by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:13:15 PM PDT

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            •  You hope. You wish. You cannot guarantee. (0+ / 0-)

              Time after time, I have said that "people wouldn't fall for that bullshit" and "people won't vote against their own interests", referring to GOP lies in favor of their plutocratic owners. I have been wrong, time after time. I didn't think a dangerous moron like"W" could be elected by a deluded electorate. I didn't think people would believe the lies of Darth Cheney, Rumsfeld, Woo, et al. How about you- have you never been wrong about something so important?

              I think you are overly optimistic and may be wrong in this case. Given our recent experience with appointing/electing W Shrub the Lesser, his wars based upon PNAC lies, and his ultra-conservative-radical appointments to the Supreme Court all of which still haunt us today, the consequences of your even possibly being wrong on this topic are too disastrous to contemplate. I am in favor of amending the Constitution to exclude corporate personhood, but not rewriting it.

  •  I don't usually contribute... (0+ / 0-)

    …to state legislative candidates outside my own state, but for you, Ms. Fluke, I've made an exception.  I look forward to addressing you as Senator Fluke, and perhaps, someday, to seeing you graduate from the California Senate to the United States Senate as a worthy successor to Senator Boxer or Senator Feinstein, whenever age finally forces those redoubtable women to retire.

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