News flash! U.S. Supreme Court rules against women and for corporate “rights.”
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“WE OPPOSE SUPREME COURT DECISION THAT SAYS
CORPORATE RIGHTS TRUMP WOMEN’S/WORKERS’ RIGHTS”
DEMONSTRATION TODAY, UNION SQUARE, 5-6:30
The International Working Women’s Day Coalition has called a protest today in Union Square, 5-6:30, to denounce today’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right to deny women workers the right to choose contraceptives of their choice.
“We oppose today’s Supreme Court decision that says corporate rights trump women’s and workers’ rights,” said Sue Davis, one of the spokeswomen for the IWWD Coalition. “As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in her minority dissent, the decision is an outrageous overextension of the court’s power to rule that for-profit corporations’ rights include ‘religious liberty.’ ”
Ginsburg noted in her dissent, which was joined by Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor: “Accommodations to religious beliefs or observances … must not significantly impinge on the interests of third parties.” Clarifying that, she wrote, “Again, the Court forgets that religious organizations exist to serve a community of believers. For-profit corporations do not fit that bill.” Finally she asserts: “No tradition, and no prior decision under [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], allows a religious-based exemption when the accommodation would be harmful to others — here, the very persons the contraceptive coverage requirement was designed to protect.”
The court’s finding in this case has been termed “unprecedented” and “an exercise in judicial activism.” But it is in line with the Citizens United decision of 2010 and this year’s ruling allowing prayer in public government meetings.
“The major reason coverage for contraceptives is even an issue is that the Affordable Care Act is based on the for-profit health care system,” noted Monica Moorehead, a leader in the IWWD Coalition. “If health care were based on a single-payer system, this would not be a problem. This decision exposes why health care should be provided across the board so that all people have equal access to care. We know this decision will fall the heaviest on poor working women, disproportionately women of color, immigrants, youth, lesbians and transwomen, as well as women living in rural areas. That’s why we oppose it.”
The full gamut of women’s, civil rights and reproductive justice organizations have been invited to today’s speakout. All those opposed to the role of corporations in workers’ personal lives are welcome.
The International Working Women’s Day Coalition is made up of women’s, workers’, immigrant, civil rights, LGBTQ organizations all united in the global fight for justice and equality for all women. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/InternationalWorkingWomensDay Coalition.