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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law on Wednesday afternoon a bill designed to increase public safety and access around abortion provider facilities, following the Supreme Court’s buffer zone ruling last month.
Governor Phil Bryant signed the controversial Senate Bill 2681 into law Thursday as LGBT supporters gathered in Jackson to protest the bill. Mississippi lawmakers passed the final version of the bill Tuesday that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.
Tuesday's arguments in the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Supreme Court case divided the justices, as the women of the court appeared split from the men over whether for-profit companies have religious freedom protections that would exempt them from providing their workers with insurance coverage for contraception.
The buzz is on over drive, pointing to this, that, or the other rational for any given favorite outcome. Jeanene posted on JOIN THE COFFEE PARTY MOVEMENT Facebook page Wednesday, and was shocked by many of the comments.
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What is your understanding of the merits of the case? How did you read the court's behavior. Is there an underlying fundamental question being asked? Do you think the religious values of shareholders should trump the religious values of employees?
Oregon's Ron Wyden had this to say: "It's unacceptable and inappropriate for bosses at for-profit corporations to pick and choose which laws to follow. So far, 360,000 Oregon women have benefited from expanded access to preventive services, including contraceptives. Women's health choices should be made between them and their doctors – not their bosses."
Have a cup of coffee and talk about this with host Jeanene Louden and special co-host Anne Furstenau Walker. View many related articles on LUNCH WITH LOUDEN Facebook page.
Another reason to rein in the notion that corporations are people: the Supreme Court case argument that for-profit businesses have the same rights as people to exercise religious beliefs. Isn't this taking corporate personhood too far? ~Jeanene
"If Hobby Lobby and Conestoga prevail, it would prompt 'a fundamental shift in the understanding of the First Amendment'," according to David Gans, the civil rights director for the Constitutional Accountability Center.
Justice Kegan: "So another employer comes in and that employer says, I have a religious objection to sex discrimination laws; and then another employer comes in, I have a religious objection to minimum wage laws; and then another, family leave; and then another, child labor laws. And all of that is subject to the exact same test which you say is this unbelievably high test, the compelling interest standard with the least restrictive alternative."
Kagan's remarks might sound familiar to the legally-trained ear. In a 1990 majority opinion in Employment Division v. Smith, Scalia alluded to the same examples of what might happen if religious entities are permitted to claim exemptions from generally applicable laws. He warned that "[a]ny society adopting such a system would be courting anarchy."
On March 25 the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit companies that want to deny their employees coverage for birth control. The bosses at Hobby Lobby, a large chain of arts and craft stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which manufactures cabinets, are arguing that their personal religious beliefs should trump the personal beliefs of their female employees, allowing them to evade the law and deny their employees birth control coverage.
This Is Personal will be at the Supreme Court on the day of the hearings to rally in support of birth control coverage and to show America that every woman should have access to this benefit, regardless of her boss’s religious beliefs.
Already more than 27 million women have access to the birth control coverage benefit under the new health care law. Birth control, one of the most frequently used women’s preventive health services, is critical to women’s health and equality. Excluding it from insurance coverage for women while covering the full range of preventive care for men is discrimination—pure and simple.
With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards joins Bill in the studio this week.
More than half of women in America now live in states hostile to abortion. We have extremists on one party and one party only to thank for that. If you vote FOR a Republican your are voting for a representative of a party that is AGAINST all women. Period. Full stop. - Greg Russak
In honour of Mother’s Day 2014, The Pixel Project cordially invites women and girls who have survived gender-based violence to join the Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project which will debut on 1 May 2014.
The project will feature an interview with a survivor per day on The Pixel Project’s blog throughout the month of May 2014. A total of 31 survivor stories will be featured and the focus of the interviews would be on how survivors have rebuilt their lives and/or healed from the violence.
It's that time of year again. Time to reflect on where our tax money goes, who pays, who does not pay, and how we feel about it all. There are Tax Day Actions scheduled across America. Guests and callers will share how they will express themselves next Tuesday! Don't forget to visit the Lunch with Louden Facebook page to read background articles. You can even calculate how your personal tax dollars will be spent! LWL: Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux talk about current events and look for opportunities to bridge political divides, expose corruption and share information not covered in mainstream media.
Coffee Party USA's insight:
How will you express your freedom of speech and right to assembly on this tax day?
If you thought a 14-year-old set to graduate from Chicago State University with a degree in Psychology was an amazing feat, wait until you hear about this next teenager making history. 18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest recently became the youngest person to pass the bar exam in the UK.