Hey, Religious “Freedom” Laws Open The Door To Discrimination Against Women Too

Reuters, RFRA protesters

One day people will wake up and wonder why they can no longer get the pill in their state, let alone an abortion. It will be a matter of some concern, no doubt since many people enjoy having sex for reasons other than procreation.

Just yesterday, President Obama proclaimed that April is “NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH“, because we should be “standing together against the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and refusing to accept the unacceptable.” After all, “Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape.”

So it’s under the dark cloud of this reality that the press largely ignores the impact of certain state versions of “Religious Freedom Reformation Act” (RFRA) bills. That name is an Orwellian attempt to use the same name as the federal law for a law that does pretty much the opposite of the intentions of the federal law; the federal law was meant to protect religious minorities, not give the majority a club with which to beat minorities.

University of Buffalo associate law professor Michael Boucai explained that this issue “is far from solely an LGBT one.” Boucai said, “People have religious convictions about any number of things, he said. One can imagine demands for religious exemptions from laws that prohibit racial discrimination, laws mandating that insurance provide full coverage of reproductive health expenses, laws prohibiting animal cruelty, vaccination laws and environmental laws, to name a few.”

“It’s important that the public see how these RFRAs – not just Indiana’s – open the door for every person to become a law unto her – or himself. In that way, these laws are enacting as a statutory right what the Supreme Court, in cases involving Mormon polygamy and the ritual use of hallucinogens, has consistently and wisely rejected as constitutional right,” he said.

From racial minorities to animal rights, Republicans’ “religious freedom” is coming for you. No one is safe when everyone becomes a law unto themselves. Since the Indiana law is framed on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision against covering contraception, it’s safe to imagine targeting women’s health is not just an accidental discrimination, but rather, deliberately on the agenda.

The Guttmacher Institute pointed out that legislators in 16 states have introduced versions of the RFRA, yet the potential impact on contraceptive coverage and women’s health has received little attention, “However, the potential impact on contraceptive coverage—and reproductive health more broadly—has received little, if any, attention.”

Of course, it’s easy to see why a little thing like women’s health can be so easily ignored. After all, Guttmacher points out, “By the end of the first quarter of the year, legislators had introduced 791 provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

Hey, it’s just an infringement of the rights and liberty of over half the population of the country. No biggie.

Wondering how to source all of this draconian manipulation and discrimination? It goes back to Hobby Lobby’s fight to deny covering contraception, because they are (allegedly) against abortion so they figured the smartest thing to do would be to object to the ONE thing that reduces abortions for sure — contraception. The pill. The magical pill that gave women some measure of control over the planning of their families and lives. The pill that allows many to have sex with relative freedom from worry. The pill that regulates the cycle of women suffering from a myriad of diseases and reproductive system related medical issues.

Many state RFRAs, like Indiana’s and now the measure passed by the Arkansas legislature, open the Hobby Lobby door to discrimination against women and their healthcare needs. Expect the pill to no longer be covered in those states, because a Republican has decided that their alleged religion (sorry, but I’m not buying the notion that Christianity supports deliberate and painful discrimination as well as actual physical harm to women) trumps your right to medical care.

When your doctor prescribes the pill to you or your family member for a health reason and your insurance declines it, just remember that somewhere there’s a Republican who feels that women taking care of their health is an infringement upon said Republican’s religious freedom.

When you’re wondering why you can’t get the pill anymore, thank a Republican.

17 Replies to “Hey, Religious “Freedom” Laws Open The Door To Discrimination Against Women Too”

  1. the federal law was meant to protect religious minorities, not give the majority a club with which to beat minorities

    But Christians, especially the 10 or so tax-free TV ministries within a 2 mile radius of my house, claim they are sooooooo oppressed in the USA. [wink]

  2. Of course women are. All the GOP RW Tea Party has to say are the following magic words, “It’s against my deeply held religious beliefs,” and presto the bigots are exonerated for discriminating against any minority group as along as they say having to associate with their target minority group goes against their religious beliefs. These laws make it legal to hate & discriminate & they’re beyond damaging.

  3. The domestic terrorist unhinged fake Christians whole agenda is control and power over all women. Their obsession is to force as many women as possible back into the kitchen,to be abused by their misogynist redneck husbands.

  4. The discrimination “door” had already been opened against women, or hadn’t you heard about the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision?

  5. Women comprise slightly over half the U.S. population, yet 5 men on the Supreme Court and the owners of a company felt they were more qualified to determine their health care needs than women themselves.

    Well, hell, its just women after all. Doesn’t the religious right feel that women should be subservient to their husbands (brothers, sons, uncles, grandfathers etc, etc)? Just ask Michelle Duggar, she has written articles on the subject.

    Women are too emotional, they need the logic of men to tell them what they need Apparently thats the opinion of the 5 men masquerading as justices on SCOTUS.

  6. As a Christian, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act sounds like a good thing. But unlike the Christian Right-wing republicans, I see their deceit. If Christians would just stop long enough to read and understand what has been done in Indiana and Arkansas; they would see something that is for what it is as a scary tool of Satan. Remember this as a Christian; the Devil comes in all kinds of wolf clothing that deceives you of your soul. Let us just stop for a moment and think:
    1) This law according to the distorters gives Christians the right to ask people acting lewdly to leave their presence. I agree that some people act rudely in public, but this bill does so much more. The meaning of lewd is obscene or indecent. WOW! That opens a lot of doors doesn’t it?
    2) This law now allows me to discriminate to ask you to leave because you are black, brown, or whatever color of skin because in offends me because God marked Cain as a black man. There are many Christians believing this lie.
    3…

  7. If America hadn’t condoned making women property of the State and their employers, anti-gay laws wouldn’t have taken hold.
    Women were the press to test. When we were thrown under the religious bus, every heretic became fair game.

  8. Sometime I wonder if the people who are so Pro Israel and anti abortion, know that in Israel abortion is legal? They also have complete medical coverage for all!!

    So.. the very thing that gets a rethug going full force(abortion)is being supported by money we(America) send by the(billions to ISRAEL)!!

    Then when our Gov. decides to go to war, around the world, have you ever heard that Israel has also sent troops? I never have.
    Other Nations, (yes) but Israel?
    My question the is: we support Israel at every turn, what has Israel ever done for us?

  9. Yep Patricia, women (me) are very emotional. Particularly when the name Dugger is mentioned.
    Makes me want to vomit!!!!

  10. Indiana’s and Arkansas’ Law still allows for discrimination of those whose religious beliefs are considered offensive to some. Discrimination is allowed against Muslims, Wiccans, Masturbaters, Humanists, Freethinkers, Agnostics and Atheists. Women who want reproductive control over their own bodies or any woman who may have had a miscarriage or an abortion can be discriminated against.

    In Federalist Paper 78, Hamilton wrote: “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.” In Federalist Paper 51, Hamilton/Madison wrote: “In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights.”

    The public outcry against these laws shows that the American Revolution is still going on. “An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for.” (Federalist Paper 48, James Madison)

  11. It is so much better when females have babies that they do not want and can not feed.

    They just throw them in the trash or leave them in the hot car during the summer, or lock them in a closet, let the boyfrien abuse them, or simply burn the house with the kids in it.

    This way, the woman gets a long presence in the tribunal system, the lawyers get paid, the judges get paid, more important the JAIL, gets a long term immate at the rate of $50,000/year.
    The detectives get paid, the garbage dump site gets paid for getting thru the garbage (again) to find the missing bodies.
    Then if the children bodies get found, there is a funeral home that gets paid, and the citizens place “we are sorry flowers & candles” at the site, so the flower industry gets paid…

    See, this is a money making system! out of the misery of those unwanted children who suffer terribly during their short lives.

  12. they would see something that is for what it is

    You assume they don’t know what it is and you would be very wrong. They know exactly what it is and that is why they support it. How can you not see that? They proudly proclaim it on television. They know it is for discrimination and they love it for that.

    How can you not see it? When a person shows you who they really are, believe them. They are showing us every day and people like you are covering for them by saying what you just said. You think they don’t know but they know and they are proud of it.

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