“Remember last year’s government shutdown that nearly tanked out economy?” Warren asks. “That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to birth control.”
“Instead of listening to the American people, Republicans turned to their rightwing friends on the Supreme Court and those justices did what Congress would not do,” she added.
Here are three reasons why Warren’s argument is a big, smelly pile of crap:
1) First of all, Hobby Lobby–or any privately held company for that matter–shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives for any employee. And no one is trying to stop women from using birth control. It pains me that I actually have to say this but, women who work for a company are still free to pay for and use as much birth control as they want. The Hobby Lobby ruling didn’t change that fact.
2) The Greens, who own Hobby Lobby, have absolutely no moral objection to providing 16 of the 20 FDA-approved contraceptives under the HHS mandate. Furthermore, the Greens said they will continue to pay for most forms of contraception at no additional cost to their employees. Their primary objection was, and remains, with the four abortifacient drugs like Plan B and IUDs.
3) The Hobby Lobby ruling affirmed that there’s nothing stopping the feds from putting their money where their mouth is and providing those four contraceptives through the passage of legislation, according to Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Elizabeth Warren “cannot believe that we are even having a debate about whether employers can deny women access to birth control.”
Truth is, we shouldn’t be having a “debate” about whether businesses are trying to deny women access to birth control.
Because that entire “Republicans are waging a war on women” argument is about as fraudulent as Elizabeth Warren’s Native America heritage.
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