Friday, July 4, 2014

"Narrow" Hobby Lobby decision Expands Again, Female Justices write Scathing Dissent.

The Supreme Court has already expanded their "narrow" Hobby Lobby decision to include all contraception by other Catholic challengers. Now they've made the whole process easier to implement and expand.

Remember when Justice Alito shook his head in disagreement when President Obama disagreed with the Citizens United decision unlimited corporate money in to corrupt elections? Alito grimaced, shook his head, and mouthed “no” and “that’s not true.” He also shook his head and rolled his eyes to the ceiling when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent on the affirmative action ruling recently.

It looks like Alito’s “narrow” ruling on the Hobby Lobby decision is turning out to be one big lie as well. In the dark of the night:
The Supreme Court on Thursday evening unveiled its latest ruling around birth control and religious freedom … allow(ing) Wheaton College to skirt ObamaCare's contraceptive provisions as long as the evangelical school informs the government of its religious objections to providing its staff and students with any type of birth control.
The Obama religious “provision” simply required Wheaton College to fill out the EBSA Form 700 … (which is) sent to both the government and the insurance company, that would then provide contraceptives free, using a government subsidy.

But Alito’s narrow decision expanded, due to what conservatives call “legislating from the bench,” by getting rid of the notice to the insurance company. And all without the help of congress.

All the Courts Female Justices Objected:
The decision broke down completely across gender lines — the court's male justices comprised the majority opinion — suggesting that the court's battle over religious freedom and reproductive rights is only going to get more contentious.

Saying the decision "undermines confidence in this institution," Justice Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent, accusing the court of backtracking key elements of its Hobby Lobby decision. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Sotomayor wrote. "Not so today."

She said the ruling set up unworkable regulations that risked "depriving hundreds of Wheaton's employees and students of their legal entitlement to contraceptive coverage" and allowed "hundreds or thousands of other objectors" a similar way out.

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