Conservatives have a problem with what birth control signifies: empowering women

Conservatives have a problem with what birth control signifies: empowering women
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[Ed. – Refresh our memory here: Which party advocated for making birth control over the counter and which party opposed it with Planned Parenthood?]

Saudi women are gaining the right to drive. American women are losing the right to employer-provided birth control. …

It’s hard to overstate the radical nature of what has just happened. Just three years ago, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that the Obama administration could not impose the mandate on a closely held for-profit business owned by a family with religious objections to birth control.

But the decision did not end there. In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. emphasized that the administration was already offering a workaround accommodation for religious nonprofit organizations that gave them a hands-free way to have birth control coverage available for their employees. …

Now the Trump administration has played the Supreme Court justices for chumps. The accommodation, carefully worked out and fought over, is a thing of the past. In its place is a flat-out exemption, with no requirement that women be offered any alternative route to coverage.

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