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Why Recent Supreme Court Cases Prove We Need More Women On the Bench

Did you enjoy the Fourth of July? Well… while you were gorging yourself on firecracker popsicles, the Supreme Court surprised everyone
In a 6 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Wheaton College, a Christian school, could decide (temporarily) not to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, even if a workaround was possible.

Under the Health Care Legislation, religious non-profits can sign a form, creatively titled “Form 700,” that exempts them from insuring birth control. By signing, the employer shifts the responsibility onto its insurer. Bottom line? Religious non-profits don’t have to directly provide contraceptives and employees still get access to affordable birth control. Everybody wins! Well, not in this case: Wheaton College argued that signing Form-700 is still a violation of its religious liberties, and The Supreme Court agreed.

Like a clairvoyant out an Allende novel, Justice Ginsberg knew this was going to happen, and in her dissent of Hobby Lobby wrote, “The Court, I feared, has ventured into a minefield.

Yup, Notorious R.B.G called it. All three women on the bench strongly oppose the Court’s Wheaton decision with Justice Sotomayor warning the decision could undermine confidence in the court: “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word, not so today,” she said.

CREDIT: Alicia Menendez, Claudia Pou and Andrea Torres.

Why Recent Supreme Court Cases Prove We Need More Women On the Bench

Did you enjoy the Fourth of July? Well… while you were gorging yourself on firecracker popsicles, the Supreme Court surprised everyone
In a 6 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Wheaton College, a Christian school, could decide (temporarily) not to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, even if a workaround was possible.

Under the Health Care Legislation, religious non-profits can sign a form, creatively titled “Form 700,” that exempts them from insuring birth control. By signing, the employer shifts the responsibility onto its insurer. Bottom line? Religious non-profits don’t have to directly provide contraceptives and employees still get access to affordable birth control. Everybody wins! Well, not in this case: Wheaton College argued that signing Form-700 is still a violation of its religious liberties, and The Supreme Court agreed.

Like a clairvoyant out an Allende novel, Justice Ginsberg knew this was going to happen, and in her dissent of Hobby Lobby wrote, “The Court, I feared, has ventured into a minefield.

Yup, Notorious R.B.G called it. All three women on the bench strongly oppose the Court’s Wheaton decision with Justice Sotomayor warning the decision could undermine confidence in the court: “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word, not so today,” she said.

CREDIT: Alicia Menendez, Claudia Pou and Andrea Torres.

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