I am so, so, so angry right now.
If you’re not sure why, you may not have heard that this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States, ruled that private corporations (in this case, Ho.bby Lobby, a craft-and-hokey-religious-paraphernalia store) has the right to withhold birth control coverage from employees enrolled in their company insurance policy due to ‘deeply held religious beliefs.’
I’m furious. For a few reasons:
1) When are we, as a culture, going to get that birth control = fewer unplanned pregnancies = fewer abortions and fewer children in shitty homes/foster care? If you care about children and families, you should be PRO birth control. Because NO BIRTH CONTROL METHOD is an abortion. Nope, not even Plan B. None of it. If you want to stop spending enormous amounts of money on socialized care of children and mothers, support birth control – in 2010 alone, publicly funded clinics saved 10.5 BILLION dollars by investing in contraceptive services (mostly long acting reversible contraceptives, like the IUD or implanon.) It makes sense to pay for birth control now rather than other services later.
2) Corporations aren’t people. The right to free and open expression of religious beliefs is an important one, and I hold it dear. But, as noted in this brilliant article,
“One way to look at it is this: The whole point of establishing a corporation is to create an entity separate from oneself to limit legal liability,” he writes. “Therefore, Hobby Lobby is asking for special protections/liability limits that only a corporation can get on the one hand, and special protections that only individuals, churches and religious organizations get, on the other. It seems awfully dangerous to allow corporations to have it both ways.“
3) This shit seems to only apply to women’s bodies, not things like . . .oh, vasectomies or penis pumps or viagra – all of which are frequently covered by insurance and have not seen mass lawsuits contesting their coverage.
IF this wasn’t enough, SCOTUS also handed down a ruling about home health care workers and unions, which effectively makes it easier to exploit these workers who are frequently low income women of color. Check it here for more information!
And, of course, the Buffer Zone decision was another blow to access to reproductive health, eliminating a safe zone that was implemented to protect clinic workers and patients from the very real violence faced by ‘street counselors’ looking to limit access to abortion.
I’m so mad, and I’m sharing this here because I think the chasm between infertility conversations and conversations about access to ‘reproductive health care’ is stupid and its hurting all of us. I want choices about creating my family, and I want those choices for everyone, and it shouldn’t be ‘better’ or less controversial or somehow purer to want babies than to not want them. I don’t want to lose sight of why I believe so deeply that we all should have autonomy over our own bodies – no matter our age, gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, socioeconomic status, where or for whom we work.
Its a sad day to be a woman-person (instead of a corporation-person) in the US of A. 😦