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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 06:17 AM PDT

Uterus Inc.

by Jeannie Perry Wilfley

Reposted from Jeannie Perry Wilfley by mettle fatigue

I gotta tell ya, as a member of the fairer sex, it’s maddeningly frustrating to watch this Congress fumble around like it does, giving lip service to women voters. It seems like corporations encounter less regulation than women do these days. Discouraging, it is; as my mom would say. (The older she gets, the more my mother speaks in Yoda-isms. We’re not exactly sure why, but at least we can still understand her.)
I’ll admit there are days when I think about chucking it all and just staying home to watch cheesy movies on cable. Although, it does get old watching the same storyline over and over: girl wants guy, girl gets guy, girl has guy’s baby. That formula is as tired as said girl will be in her third trimester. Of course, in Hollywood, who’s tired? It’s easy and fun to get through your day with a kid on the way! Apparently it’s like that in Washington DC too; at least, according to these politicians who think they should have a say in the matter. Let me spell it out for you guys: unless you are the father of the fetus, it is none of your f-ing business. (Literally.)
I can’t tell if these men are threatened, envious, or just plain old misogynists. In all the years of introducing bills to regulate women’s bodies and pregnancy options, I have never heard of a bill pertaining to men’s reproductive health. So, if we’re claiming to be a fair and unbiased society, then it’s about time. My aunt D proposes we introduce legislation requiring men to be in the act of sex whenever they ejaculate. In other words, masturbation is now a legal matter, as it destroys the potential for millions of people in tube socks. Ridiculous? Yes, we know. But if women’s reproductive rights are going to be on the table for national discussion, so should men’s. What’s good for the goose, and all that… And if our goal really is to overpopulate the Earth while defunding any and all social programs to help these fetuses once they’ve grown up, then I say men have been in the dark for far too long; let’s open that bathroom door and shed some light on all those wasted personhoods.
I think some of these guys might have UE: Uterus Envy. Did I just make that up? Did Freud study this? Is it because they only carry the potential for life that they have to try to control the issue entirely? (An issue that is much more of a game changer for the women, I might add.) Listen up men with UE: just because you can’t nourish and carry the fetus to birth doesn’t mean you don’t have an important role to play. Your job is to plant the seed and then protect and secure the perimeter, and by ‘perimeter’ I mean the world for women. It’s your job to notice that your wife’s eyes look like Roadrunner cartoon swirls and offer to babysit while she takes a nap. It’s your job to teach your offspring that violence against women, in any form, is the coward’s track. And it’s your job to foster harmony and equality for boys and girls. Wake up! It’s the twenty-first century!
That’s one of the things I love about the Millennials, the men are not as confined by gender stereotypes. They bake, they knit, they host baby showers; very cool. Not like those shriveled old guys who stand in front of clinics holding disturbing signs and yelling at pregnant women. Hey— do I show up at your doctor’s office with pictures of enlarged prostates, and harass you about your exploits with Rosie Palm and her five sisters? No, I do not. But I could start.
What is it going to take for women in the United States of America to be treated with equality? What do we have to do? Maybe if we all start filing our uteruses as corporations then these guys will stop trying to regulate them. Worth a try, it is.

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Reposted from Leslie Salzillo by Leslie Salzillo Editor's Note: "During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, [who were] all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy." -former President Jimmy Carter. Story:http://bit.ly/1DpGZIp -- Leslie Salzillo
For most of his life, Jimmy Carter has been an advocate for human rights. In 1982, one year after leaving the Oval Office, the former US President and his wife Rosalynn Carter, founded the Carter Center, dedicated to advancing peace and health worldwide. Still an activist at 90, Carter has authored 28 books, including a new book in 2014 called, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Over the years, Jimmy Carter, a devout Christian, has become a very strong proponent of women's rights, to a point where he has spoken out against the falsehoods and extremism we see within the 'religion' of Christianity today. In 2009, he penned an open letter, severing ties with the mega SBC/Southern Baptist Convention, after being a member of the Convention for 60 years. Carter said the decision was difficult and painful, yet 'unavoidable,' after the Convention leaders chose to take bible verses out of context and claim 'Eve' was responsible to for 'original sin,' and thus all women must be subservient to men. In Carter's aforementioned open letter, he expands on his reasons and concerns:

This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us.

Carter states how the subjugation of women was not always a part of Christianity.  
The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths

I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

In his letter, Carter discusses the independent group of global leaders to which he belongs, called The Elders. Founded by the late Nelson Mandela, the members have come together on this issue and collectively published this statement to all religious leaders around the world:"The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable." This discrimination can and must end says Carter. He believes it's within our power:
The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.
Thank you, Mr. Carter, not only for the work you do for the sake of our daughters, our granddaughters, and their daughters, but also for our sons, grandsons, and the whole of humanity. Thank you, to you and Rosalynn for creating The Carter Center. And thank you for living by example. You are a good and true man, and this world is a better place by your presence.
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Sun Apr 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM PDT

Pro-choice without exceptions

by CarisDaughter

Reposted from CarisDaughter by officebss Editor's Note: Bert good diary on an important topic -- officebss

My mom was a hippie activist feminist. The sort who communed nude with nature, and bought her 6 year old shirts with that wonderful quote about fish needing a bicycle. Part of that was being very pro-choice. She firmly embraced the idea that women should be in control of their own bodies.

She explained things in extremes, because every avalanche starts with pebble, every flood starts with a drop of rain. The small things, the things you let go by because they seem like no big deal add up.

I'm pro-choice for my daughter, just like mom was pro-choice for me. We made our choices, to have our children. Now I want them to have the same choices my mother and countless other people like her made sure that I had. Choice is part of freedom, it can't be separated from a woman's basic right to pursue her own happiness and create her own destiny.

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Sat Apr 25, 2015 at 05:11 PM PDT

This Week in the War on Women

by ramara

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This week's categories may seem a bit strange and lopsided. There is lots of interesting stuff about reproductive choice, including the choice more women are making not to have children at all. And there are other important national stories, especially the bizarre story of the Missouri mayor-elect whose election has led much of the town officials to resign, and the confirmation finally of Loretta Lynch. There is are only two international stories, but I think they are important enough to merit their own category.

So on to the news.

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by mettle fatigue
I last wrote in January about the troubles of long-time kossack aitchdee -- you can see that diary here.

Since that time, with the help of many people here, she's made significant progress, but she still needs some help. I won't repeat her whole backstory, since it's in the linked diary; there's plenty new to tell below the fold, mostly from aitchdee herself with a little editing from me.

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Reposted from Joan McCarter by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker
Screenshot of C-SPAN2, final vote tally on Human Trafficking bill in Senate, 4/22/2015
Get ready for lots of huzzahs and back-patting from the Senate, all because they did their damned job for once. They passed a bill, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, 99-0 after hammering out a deal that still includes anti-abortion restrictions but does not do the really bad thing of putting the Hyde amendment restrictions onto money that's not appropriated by Congress. This means the Senate can do its damned job on the next thing, confirming Loretta Lynch to be attorney general. That vote is expected Thursday morning.

Democrats tried to get abortion language out but failed.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged his colleagues to remove “the divisive language that limits victims services and has held us up for so long."

"Congress has a long history of passing legislation to address human trafficking," he said. "We've consistently done so without abortion politics being in the discussion."

But Leahy was ultimately unsuccessful, with Democratic Sens. Bob Casey (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voting against him.

A number of poison pill amendments were turned back, including ones from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on immigration. Vitter's was particularly vile (and stupid). He wanted to amend the Constitution to do away with birthright citizenship in order to, he said, eliminate birth tourism. Since the Constitution can't be amended with a Senate floor vote, he didn't get his way.

While the Republican leadership is busy patting themselves on the back for a doing such a great "bipartisan" thing, just their second substantive legislative accomplishment in four months, they can now finally move to rectify the their most embarrassing performance since gaining the majority: making Loretta Lynch wait five months for a vote. Not that they couldn't have done that any time since January, they just wanted to drag it out because they could.

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Reposted from Leslie Salzillo by Leslie Salzillo
Rush Limbaugh, eating a cigar
Last week, I covered a story about the Conservative Radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, being dropped from the Indianapolis radio station, WIBC, after 22 years. WIBC parent Emmis Communications notified Los Angeles-based syndicator Premiere Networks that it would not extend its deal with Rush Limbaug. Many other news/opinion sites covered the story, including IBJ (Indianapolis Business Journal). Most of the stories basically said the move was simply a longterm change in direction.

Here's where the IBJ piece was a little different. Emmis' local market manager, Charlie Morgan, alluded the mega company's decision to drop Limbaugh was much more than a simple change - and they have been contemplating this move for 18 months.

While Morgan expects some WIBC listeners to be “hugely disappointed” by the change, he said losing Limbaugh could open up the station to more advertising opportunities."There are some, primarily, national advertisers that refuse to air commercials during Limbaugh’s show," Morgan explained. Emmis officials began notifying its advertisers of the change Monday.
And there it is, once again - bonafide proof the boycott against Rush Limbaugh and his sponsors is not only working, it's remarkably effective. It's changing the face of talk radio altogether. Right now the biggest problem with radio - is Republican hate monger, Rush Limbaugh. And the hundreds of thousands of Limbaugh boycotters couldn't be more pleased.

Advertisers can't handle the pressure and loss of customers. Most companies, other than those run by Republican Dittoheads, are avoiding Rush Limbaugh like the plague. This was not the case in 2012. That year, self-proclaimed 'El Rushbo' enjoyed sitting on the king's throne of Conservative 'hate radio' with a plethora of large lucrative sponsors. That all changed after he called an unknown college student a 'slut' and 'prostitute' while she advocated for insurance-paid birth control at a congressional hearing. Once Limbaugh's rant hit social media and went viral, huge sponsors like Ford, GM, McDonald's, Subway, Carbonite…began to pull their ads immediately after seeing the public's outrage. Yes, the good old days are long gone for Limbaugh, though his camp begs to differ and continues to make lame attempts to derail the boycott Limbaugh used to joke about. Also, his PR team is now blitzing search engines like Google with 10 or more RushLimbaugh.com stories per day - from the same show. Guess they need those page views to generate revenue because it sure isn't coming from sponsors.

Kudos, once again, to the many individuals, groups/organizations and websites involved in this successful movement. They are not mentioned enough. It's been a slow, agonizing fall for Rush Limbaugh, and it's given the protestors some pretty glorious victories and affirmations along the way. There will be more celebrations to come. Some organizations like NOW (The National Organization For Women) NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood have been after Limbaugh for years. The amazing StopRush.net and #StopRush on Twitter have been relentless. Other Limbaugh relentless protestors include:

News Websites/Blogs: Media Matters, Daily Kos, Liberals Unite, UniteWomen.org, Addicting Info, Daily Kos 'Sluts', Occupy Democrats, ReverbPress, The Smoking Gun, Alternet, Unite Blue, UltraViolet, Huffington Post…

Facebook Pages: Boycott Rush Limbaugh's Sponsors To Shut Him Down, Being Liberal, Honoring Richard Myers, Pro-Choice Liberals, Miss R*EVOLutionaries, Chicks on the Left, Living Blue In Texas, Pragmatic Progressives, Everlasting GOP Stoppers, Too Informed To Vote Republican, UniteWomen.org, Worley Dervish, Lady Grey, The Beer Party, Lady Liberals, Red State Dems, Setting Women Free From Outdated Social Standard, God Bless The President Of The United States, The Ale Party, 1 Million Sluts Against Rush Limbaugh, Political Loudmouth…

Facebook 'Groups': FlushRush, Join The Fight To Flush Rush, Fight Laws Against Women, Pro-Choice Democrats, End Citizens United, ERA Action, and Stop Republican Laws Against Women…

Well Known Individuals/Celebrities:Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Rachel Maddow, Al Franken, Stephen Colbert, Peter Gabriel, Spike Lee, Andy Borowitz, Crystal Ball, the late, great George Carlin, Ed Shultz, Sandra Fluke, Ice-T, Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred…

Individuals Equally Important: the late Daily Kos diarist Richard Myers, Wojtek Wacowski, Rick Unger, Cenk Uygur, Angelo Carusone, Karen Teegarden, Jen Senko, Matthew Desmond, Samuel Wynn Warde, Steve Marmel, Kimberley Johnson, Laurel Davis, Freya Malin, John Jorgenson, Gary Flinn, Portia A. Boulger, HRHPrissy, FlushFools, Glinda, KittyFitzgerald, LOrion, CMMorgan, CaptainMurdock, TKirkland, ProgLegs, Certinot…

The actual list is massive. More importantly, here's to the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of everyday concerned consumers who are supporting the protest by sharing boycott information on Facebook and Twitter, contacting sponsors, and signing petitions. The Limbaugh Sponsor & Clear Channel/iHeart Petition, alone has over 132,000 signatures.

This is good news. This is important and exciting news. It shows the power of the people. When we use our voices (and in this case our consumer dollars) to make our message clear, we are being heard. Through grassroots online organizations and everyday concerned citizens who now can be pro-active via the internet, we are exposing hate speech, racism, homophobia, and misogyny taking place every day, not only on talk radio, but throughout the media industry. With social media we are also exposing police brutality, environmental corruption, human and civil rights violations, and this is causing America to change for the better. It's a new day. It's a great day.

To join the hundreds of thousands protesting Limbaugh's hate radio, here are some easy ways:

    Sign: Limbaugh Sponsor & Clear Channel/iHeartPetition
    Visit/Like: BoycottRush Facebook Group
    Join: The Fight To Flush Rush
    Visit: StopRush.net for an extensive list of Limbaugh Sponsors
    Twitter: #FlushRush and #StopRush
Thank you, Kossack Richard Myers. Rest in peace. We miss you dear friend. We are finishing this.
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Reposted from Leslie Salzillo by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker
I recently came out of a Harris Teeters in Raleigh, NC, and was putting my groceries in the car, when I noticed a note attached to the passenger side windshield. I figured someone must be selling something and I wasn't interested, but knew the note would fly off - and I hate litter. So I walked around the car, picked up the note and read what appeared to be a second-grade level scribbling that said,
'It's a sin to kill babies.'
It's a whaaat? I looked around and saw no one, and then it hit me. You're one of them. You saw the bright pink 'I Stand With Planned Parenthood' sticker displayed on my car bumper, and you decided to school me on your idea of abortion. Isn't that nice. Thank you for warning me about Hell!

It wasn't until I got home and walked back out to get the groceries from the passenger side, did I noticed that you, who I'm sure is a fine, upstanding, Godly, non-sinner, keyed my car. Yes, with two long steady narrow scratches about five feet long, you left your mark. Well, that really showed me. No more baby killing for me today!

To that person I have a few things to say. First, fuck you. And second, fuck you. I'm a Pro-Choice Liberal Christian mother (who sometimes cusses like a truck driver). I fully support Planned Parenthood, and I'm betting you know little to no truth about the organization. Take a tip. Try educating yourself now and then:

Planned Parenthood provides health care, education, information, and outreach to more than 5 million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year. They provide nearly 400,000 Pap tests and nearly 500,000 breast exams each year - critical services in detecting cancer.

I bet you didn't know Planned Parenthood offers the following services for men: colon, prostate, and testicular cancer screenings, condoms, vasectomies, male infertility screenings, and referrals.

Planned Parenthood provides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including 700,00 HIV tests.

Eighty-four percent of Planned Parenthood health care clients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. One in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life.

Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention, and their services help prevent approximately 516,000 unintended pregnancies each year.

Pay extra attention to this one:
Only three percent (3%) of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.

Read more: Planned Parenthood

So, by helping women to prevent unplanned pregnancies, Planned Parenthood actually decreases the number of abortions, and over the years, possibly by the millions. You're cutting your nose to spite your face. Chill the fuck out. As for the choice each woman makes for herself, her body, her family, and her future - it's none of your business, nor is it mine, or anyone else's business.

As for sinning, I cuss a lot, but you win this round. I don't know how Jesus would feel about you destroying my property (which is illegal), because I don't pretend to speak for Jesus. I imagine He wouldn't like it, but I'm thinking you're the kind of religious fanatic that doesn't give a flip about what Jesus has to say. You're the kind of radical asshat that gives Christians/Christianity a bad name. And speaking of His words, I have never found anywhere in the Bible where Jesus says anything about abortion. Have you? Nope. Cause it's just not there. That's a biblical fallacy made up by pseudo-Christians who want to force their extremist and controlling agendas upon women's vaginas. And they do this while lying and spewing words of hate in name of God (which is blasphemy - also a sin).

So take your keys and illiterate looking post-it notes, and find some place to 'repent.' Be happy I didn't see you keying my car.

And grow up. Try taking that energy from the ugly rage you carry around, and use it to help children already born. Let's sit down and have a civil conversation sometime. I promise I won't cuss or hit you. (Okay, I won't hit you.) No one likes abortions. No one. So let's find that common ground and look for solutions. It's possible. We both know it's possible.

Now go to your room.

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Recently Rand Paul ran into a bit of trouble over the lack of alignment of his libertarian views with his views on marriage equality. Apparently Mr. Paul belongs to the “separate but equal” school of human rights, the school that should actually be called “separate and it will never be equal.” Rand Paul thinks it’s just fine if people who want to marry someone of the same sex make do with a “contract” that “conveys certain things” (benefits, I would guess, which he didn’t specify) and that real-marriage be left to real-marriage appropriate people, i.e., heterosexual couples, so that it can remain sacred, holy, with its “religious connotation” intact.

You Can Have a Contract But Not Marriage

But as bad as his position is on marriage equality, his position on abortion and reproductive rights is so much worse. Women are not just second-class citizens to Rand Paul the way members of the LGBTQ community are, they are without a right to life when it comes to their own pregnancies.

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Protesters against Susan G. Komen Foundation's undermining of Planned Parenthood
Obamacare requires that every insurance policy covers certain things with no additional out-of-pocket charges for the policy-holder. One of those things to be covered is prescribed birth control, whether pills or an IUD or implants or any kind of birth control prescribed by a doctor. Insurance companies are not allowed to make customers pay anything for them, but some are doing it anyway, as the Kaiser Family Foundation finds.
The analysis looked at 20 health insurers in five states and found companies that provided limited or no coverage for some forms contraception. In some cases, the insurers imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of a drug.

For example, seven insurers didn't pay the full cost of vaginal rings, and one company does not pay for ParaGard, the only nonhormonal IUD available to women. It can cost up to $1,000.

"That's a flagrant violation of the law," says Gena Madow, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

Insurance companies disagree, saying that the law gives them latitude and that the federal guidelines on coverage of contraception "makes clear that plans do not have to cover every single form of birth control." So, take the case of two emergency contraceptive pills: Plan B or ella. According to a recent study, ella could be more effective than Plan B at preventing pregnancy. But ella is newer and might be more expensive for insurance companies to provide. So they only provide Plan B. A woman wanting more assurance that the drug will work and choosing to use ella would have to pay for it herself.

Planned Parenthood disagrees that this picking and choosing by insurance companies is not, in fact, complying with the law, and has asked the government to make insurers comply with the actual law, not their interpretation of it.

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Reposted from Eyesbright by elenacarlena

Forced Birthers prove that they don't understand irony - or perhaps it's just that their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Excerpted from:
The Most Creative Ways That Anti-Choice Activists Try To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

In Kansas:

[citing] their own disruptive protests — including graphic anti-abortion signs that they said may be “inappropriate” for children ... [forced birthers say] abortion providers shouldn’t be allowed to operate their businesses because they attract too many anti-choice protesters to otherwise quiet neighborhoods...
One anti-abortion activist argued that the clinic’s new owner would “provoke” gun violence.
In Alabama:
Last fall, while arguing in court that North Alabama’s only abortion clinic shouldn’t be allowed to continue operating, lawyers representing an anti-abortion group played videos of confrontations between abortion protesters and clinic escorts. They argued that the arguments in front of the clinic would be too noisy for the neighbors, and the surrounding area shouldn’t be subject to the potential disruption. James Henderson, the executive director of the Alabama Christian Coalition, testified that the clinic needs to go because he faces “the risk of personal physical injury” during his own protests at the site.
Lest anyone believe that California doesn't have its share of whackos:
“Of all the well-documented abuses of the California Environmental Quality Act, this one may be the most absurd,” an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle lamented this week.  [A]bortion opponents have been waging a legal battle against a Planned Parenthood clinic because they say it’s in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act — alleging that the clinic will result in significant “environmental impacts” to the region because of the noise and the traffic disruptions stemming from their own protests.
I have to stop being surprised at the audacity of these idiots daring to present such ludicrous claims in court because, so far, no judge has thrown them out for wasting the court's time.  It is, nonetheless, outrageous that they're playing the courts for fools and getting away with it.  Each time they're allowed impunity to do this, they grow bolder.

Read the full article at Think Progress.  It's detailed, with far more examples of ways the Forced Birthers have successfully blocked or derailed abortion clinics, and it's a great piece of reporting.  Here's the link again:
The Most Creative Ways That Anti-Choice Activists Try To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

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Reposted from Joan McCarter by elenacarlena
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stayed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which upheld the Obama administration's rules expanding contraceptive coverage in health insurance. The challenge before the Third Circuit was brought by a group of religious non-profits in Pennsylvania, who argued that complying with the new rules the administration had established for them—providing "a self-certification form opting out of the coverage requirement" to a third party—was still objectionable because "signing such a form or letter facilitates moral evil. This is true whether or not applicants pay for the objectionable coverage."

This will undoubtedly result in yet another Supreme Court challenge that will expand the Hobby Lobby decision to make sure that there's no way employees of either private, secular companies who claim a religious exemption or religious non-profits can get contraceptives—they will strike down whatever accommodation the administration tries to create. That was evident, as Ian Millhiser writes, when just four days after the Hobby Lobby decision—in which Alito wrote that this accommodation would protect employers and employees—the court said Wheaton College could refuse to sign the form. Staying this ruling is the next step.

Alito's order is a warning that this issue will not remain in the lower courts forever. Indeed, the Third Circuit case provides the Supreme Court with a vehicle that it could use as soon as next fall to consider whether the send-the-letter or the fill-out-the-form options will survive contact with the justices, or whether federal law does, indeed, give religious employers "the right to enlist the government to effectuate . . . a religious veto against legally required conduct of third parties."
There's very little doubt now as to how the men of the Roberts Five will vote next time around.
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