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The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision

Posted on July 1st, 2014 at 9:46 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Here are seven more key quotes from Ginsburg’s dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

  • “The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage”
  • “Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.”
  • “Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.”
  • “It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”
  • “Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”
  • “Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”
  • “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
  1. The last point is the most relevant one, IMO. Between this and the Aereo decision, this court has proven it is incapable of dealing with the current world… :-(

  2. The court also ruled the 35ft buffer zone illegal so people protesting Hobby Lobby can completely block the entrance … legally.

  3. There are upwards of 80 companies (literally) following suit.


    My guess is that this first wave is all fundamentalist Christian and Catholic. It will be the next wave that will get interesting.


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