Thanks to today's Supreme Court decision, Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies run by religious individuals will face no punishment if they refuse to provide insurance coverage for female birth control. As one person astutely noted, "Crafting now leads to unwanted pregnancies." All of this action is sparking some creative energy! It's time we got some new hobbies, preferably ones that involve lobbying for reproductive rights.
Here are eight fun new lobbying hobbies to help counter today's decision.
Craft a vintage-inspired protest sign! When Missouri legislators debated a bill that would require mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, reproductive rights supporters whipped up 1950's costumes and retro protest signs that harkened to the era before abortion was legal. The message was clear: don't force us back to the Mad Men era. Host a party to make big, showy signs so that you and all your friends will be ready for the next big rally. (photo by @AlisonDreith)
The Hobby Lobby birth control case decided at the Supreme Court today hinges on a debate over freedom of religion. Five out of nine Supreme Court justices (all male) say that the religious beliefs of people who run companies trump the rights of workers to access reproductive healthcare. The rest of the Supreme Court justices—including all three women on the court—agree that freedom of religion shouldn’t impinge on employees’ access to contraception.
It's summer, dammit. Get in a car, a plane, a bus, or a train, and hit the road to see people you haven't seen in years. Get awkward and stand around for hours in the smoke of a barbecue at your cousin's house. Drive along an empty road for hours on your way across the Midwest. Hunker down by yourself in the corner of an airport and dream about where you'll land. Wherever you're going, here are some traveling songs to pair with our "On the Road" podcast.
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• In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court struck down the 35-foot buffer zone that kept protesters away from the doors of abortion clinics. It's worth noting that the Supreme Court itself has a 100-foot protest-buffer zone. [RH Reality Check]