The Supreme Court’s Suggested Solution in a Contraception Case Won’t Satisfy the Right

The contraception coverage case currently in front of the Supreme Court took an odd turn today when the justices asked both sides if they’d be okay with a compromise solution.

You can bet the Religious Right isn’t going to be okay with that.

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Christian Leader: Government Exemption from Contraceptive Coverage is Still Persecution

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to, in general, include contraceptive coverage in their healthcare plans. Exemptions for religious organizations exist, though, just as they do for for-profit employers who personally oppose women’s reproductive care access on religious grounds. (Thanks, Hobby Lobby.)

Those exemptions are easy to request, too: All you have to do is fill out a short form, indicating your intent to take advantage of the exemption, and file it.

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But to the conservative “religious freedom” crowd, that’s a burden too big. It’s an assault on religious freedom to put pen to paper. This is the basis of the lawsuit currently being considered by the Supreme Court, filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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With a Prayer, Indiana Governor Signs Into Law Controversial Abortion Restriction

It looks like Indiana Governor Mike Pence isn’t done ruining the reputation of his state.

After last summer’s disastrous bill allowing LGBT discrimination — which he later had to modify after a national outcry — he’s back in business, this time restricting abortions even further.

Behind closed doors, Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1337, forbidding women from obtaining abortions if they’re doing it because the fetus has a diagnosis of a disability.

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A Once-Devout Catholic Woman Says She’s “Disillusioned” by the Church’s Anti-Contraception Stance

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the case of Zubik v. Burwell — another ridiculous challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

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In a compelling piece for the Washington Post, teacher Sonia Guizar writes about how she used to be a devout Catholic who shunned any form of birth control. But after having her first child, she knew she couldn’t afford another one. She needed contraception. Without coverage from her Catholic workplace, though, that was out of the question.

She soon became pregnant with her second child. (So much for “natural family planning.”)

Guizar says the Church’s opposition to sensible family planning is pushing her away from the faith — no kidding — and today’s Supreme Court case just confirms her feelings:

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About Those Two Fetuses Growing in Their Mother’s Womb…

Well, I’m convinced.

All lives are precious, everyone. Don’t ever forget it.

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