The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, stating that forcing family-owned for-profit corporations to provide coverage for birth control violates the federal law protecting religious freedom.
Why? You see, in America, Corporations marched, and fought, for their right to Equality. And now they get to have the same constitutional protections as a person. Awesome.
In America, we save the equality for those that really deserve (afford) it. We legislate a society that cuts funding to social programs, denigrates abortion because, murder, and then, because those two things aren’t illogical enough, allows for-profit corporations to refuse contraception coverage.
It feels related– these no birth control/pregnancy/social welfare situations.
Joanie gets a job after high school to save up for college. It doesn’t provide birth control coverage and because there have been so many hits to Planned Parenthood, she cannot access affordable contraception. She has sex with her fiance’ and gets pregnant. He agrees with his parents that he’s not ready to be a father and goes off to college in the fall. Joanie also feels unprepared for raising a child–she’s only 19 and her mother died of cancer while congress argued about the need for affordable health care. Joanie graduated high school with pretty good grades, but not scholarship-winning. She works a lot, but on $7.25 an hour, she’s barely supporting one person. There’s no way she could afford full-time daycare for an infant, and she can’t afford not to work. She counts her pathetic college fund and makes an appointment at the clinic.
The kind voice on the line soothes Joanie. She’s so scared and mildly horrified at the thought that she’s having an abortion. People call it a choice, but Joanie feels like choice implies being happy with the decision. In order for Joanie to have a shot at her own life, she has to make a choice, one that includes her inability to adequately provide for the fetus she carries.
Alone– her now ex-fiance’ won’t even answer his phone– she arrives at the clinic. Joanie happens to live in an open carry state, so the dozen people flanking the entrance are carrying AR-15 rifles in one hand, the Right To Life brochures in the other.
Joanie sits in her car, terrified. How is she supposed to get in the door? Past guns? How does she know they won’t shoot her in the back? How can these people be so horrible?
She closes her eyes and presses one hand over her stomach. “I’m sorry. I wish I didn’t have to do this, too. If things were different, if I was older. If I had family to help me. If your sperm-donor and his family hadn’t bailed on us both. If I thought there was any sort of programs available for people like us, for people that just need someone to open a door.”
Joanie opens her eyes. “They want to call me names as they protest my decision? Why not volunteer to babysit the infants they demand live while the mothers are at work? If they hate abortion so much, they should be demanding affordable birth control.”
Joanie has an important point: if you so vehemently oppose abortion the only logical position available is the vehement support of birth control.
Personally, I’m looking at how I can incorporate (since corporations get all the rights) my outrage. Maybe a new line of personalized vibrators since they keep shoving themselves into All Things Vaginal.