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Letter: Hobby Lobby vote a blow to women’s rights

Is it any wonder that confidence in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low (30 percent per Gallup) when all five Republican-appointed white senior males, none of whom could ever possibly be affected by their controversial ruling, vote religion over women’s health?

The Westerly Sun’s July 10 “Is the Hobby Lobby decision a win-win?” article spins it to appear like a good outcome, but we must first recognize that “freedom of religion” most fundamentally includes “freedom from religion.” How is this possible when female workers are subservient to their employers’ religious views? Is it a coincidence that the three women Supreme Court justices, whom all have the biological integrity to have at one time be affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling, all voted in favor of women making their own contraceptive and healthcare choices?

Paraphrasing from the pro-choice struggles, “if you don’t believe in contraception, don’t use it,” but to control that choice for others exempts you from the Golden Rule world we all need to aspire to. How would you like someone making that choice for you?

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly



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