Today a protest rally that numbered 200 people was held at the Madison- area Hobby Lobby. The conversations that I overheard where ones that seemed far less partisan than I had thought would be the norm, and instead where ones that dealt with the constitution, and the past legal battles over contraceptive use and health care. This tone was really uplifting to me as it is this higher elevation of ideas that will carry us further in this fight than mere name-calling of those who fail to understand why this is so important.
But as was stated so often in so many different ways it seems impossible that we are fighting this issue, again.
Before I post some pictures of today’s events let us recall why this protest is important, and why people need to be deeply concerned and troubled with the ruling that was handed down from the Supreme Court this week. In her strong dissent Justice Ginsburg made it clear what is at stake for women and concerned people in this nation.
“In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.”
“Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.”
“Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. … The distinction between a community made up of believers in the same religion and one embracing persons of diverse beliefs, clear as it is, constantly escapes the Court’s attention. One can only wonder why the Court shuts this key difference from sight.”
Now to the protest photos from this morning.