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Hobby LobbyAs reported in numerous places — click here for Ian Millhiser’s quick take at the for the Center for American Progress — the widely-dreaded Hobby Lobby decision came down today from the U.S. Supreme Court. In response, the good folks at Mother Jones posted the following article.

On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering dissent to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that the government can’t require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for methods of birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs. Ginsburg wrote that her five male colleagues, “in a decision of startling breadth,” would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Here are seven more key quotes from Ginsburg’s dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Read More

Reproductive rights2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2013            

ACLU: ‘Conscious Protection’ Bill Is Opposite of Religious Liberty
H.B. 730 Would Allow Public Hospital Employees to Refuse Abortion Care & Private Employers to Refuse Contraception Coverage for Women Because of Religious Beliefs

RALEIGH – A bill that would allow public hospital employees to refuse to participate in abortion care and private employers to deny contraception coverage to women because of their personal religious beliefs was approved by North Carolina House Judiciary Committee A today. House Bill 730 now heads to the full House for a vote.

In response, the ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) released the following statement: Read More

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Two powerful new studies are in the headlines this morning that ought to spur a renewed societal commitment to promoting affordable, easy-to-access birth control for every woman who wants it.

#1 – Associated Press reports that:

“Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health.

The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice Read More

The next time you find yourself doubting whether it makes a difference to speak up and call out ignorant, and/or reactionary statements and actions by elected officials and and other prominent voices in the public policy arena, consider the following two public statements by New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis (as reported by the Wilmington Star News):

March 12 -  Chairman Ted Davis said he thought it was a sad day when “taxpayers are asked to pay money to buy for contraceptives” for women having sex without planning responsibly.

“If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Davis said.

April 2 – “I now realize that a woman is being responsible when she seeks contraception from the health department.”

The task is huge but we can make a difference. Time to redouble our efforts.

As Adam Linker discussed here yesterday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has gone all Rush Limbaugh in recent days.

The ACLU of North Carolina issued the following statement yesterday afternoon in response:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2012

ACLU-NC Criticizes New Hanover Commissioners for Rejecting Reproductive Health Grant for Women

ACLU-NC Executive Director Calls Vote by All-Male Board to Reject Funds “Shameful” Read More