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.
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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