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Letter: Supreme Court’s June 30 decision on contraception issue draws fire

Horrified by court ruling

The infantilization of American women took a great step forward in the June 30 Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. The religious “liberty” of some business corporations now trumps the rights of certain adults to control their own health care.

The court ruled that privately held corporations need not provide contraceptive care in their employee health plans, as required by the Affordable Care Act, if the business owners’ scruples prohibit it. In doing so, the five justices in the majority, all Roman Catholic men, have joined the legislators of several states giving legal protection to ignorance of medical science. (The Court’s only other man, Justice Breyer, and the Court’s only other Catholic, Justice Sotomayor, were in dissent.) Perhaps the deniers of evolution and global warming may now hope their ignorance of science may receive the similar legal cosseting.

Privately held companies are in the majority in America, but publicly held companies, still required under the law to provide coverage for contraceptives in the health plans, employ more people.

The enthusiasm that many Americans, including women, take in denying females autonomy over their own bodies is horrifying.

Bentley Gilbert

Roseburg


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