Monday letters: Decision pushes women back

July 14, 2014 

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With the June 30 Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, I learned that in more than 100 years of progress from our great-grandparents to ourselves and our sisters today, women are still second-class citizens.

Worse, they are second-class citizens to a corporation.

I learned that because I have breasts and a vagina I should be ashamed. I learned that the religious beliefs of a company outweigh my health concerns as an employee.

Our country failed us as women. It denied access to more than just birth control. It denied access to a woman’s right to chose how she takes care of herself and her family.

Women are people; they are citizens of the United States. How much longer are we going to let corporations decide everything? They already get far more tax breaks than the average middle-class family, and now their rights are more important than their employees’ health-care decisions.

Thanks, U.S. Supreme Court, for pushing us back.

Jessica A. McCartha

Columbia

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