They still don't get it

By Jenn Addison on
February 22, 2013

Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby is pursuing a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s birth-control mandate and they have the backing of a few prominent Republican lawmakers.  The GOP is at it yet again -- trying to limit access to birth control. 

In comments regarding the lawsuit, GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch from Utah said, “Unfortunately, the Obama administration has time and again ignored calls to stop the implementation of a policy some organizations or businesses are morally opposed to.” 
 
Republicans preach a message of small government but apparently women’s bodies are the exception to the rule. From staunch anti-choice stances to not reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, the Far Right continues to push an ideology that favors restricting or endangering women’s bodies. In fact, a few of the men supporting the Hobby Lobby lawsuit also voted no in reauthorizing VAWA. Shout out to Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Pat Roberts (R-KS). Good job guys. 
 
The Obama administration has made efforts to respect the beliefs of organizations and institutions who oppose employer covered contraception while respecting a woman’s right to make her own health decisions, and protecting access to contraception for women who do want to use it. 
 
As Rev. Matthew Westfox of New York put it in his blog for the Melissa Harris-Perry show, the decision to use birth control is personal choice and “a person who believes contraception to be wrong can simply decline to take it.” That’s right. It’s my choice. I decide what is best for my body. I have control over my reproductive health care decisions -- not GOP men, not other people’s religious beliefs, and not my employer.  Just me.
 
Women sent the GOP a message in 2012 and apparently they didn’t get it. The GOP continues to push a backwards, anti-woman agenda and we have to be ready to fight back. So where does this leave us? Ready to work to elect more pro-choice Democratic women who will fight for women’s reproductive rights and freedoms -- and we have to get to work right now. 
 
 
 

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