‘Lobby’ing for Change

Standard

Hey y’all, sorry it’s been a while, but you know there is nothing like a controversy to get me back into the swing of things.

A few hours ago, Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby, a well-known Christian company, can refuse to offer their female employees healthcare-covered birth control for “religious reasons.”

Y’all.

Since I have a condition that causes severe pain that can only be relieved by taking birth control, this really hit home.

I am extremely thankful that my insurance covers it.

I don’t know about you, but I really think that God wants me healthy.

I don’t think Hobby Lobby realizes that women don’t take birth control so they can live in “debasing sin”, quite a few of us take it so that we can participate in everyday life without being in constant pain.

So many people I know are rejoicing this decision, and others are mourning it.

Forgive me, but I don’t think a corporation, largely composed of men, should be able to decide whether I can affordably get the medicine I need.

One of my favorite authors, Jackson Pearce, tweeted this amidst the fallout, “Wonder what people would think if instead of birth control, it was blood transfusions or cancer treatment denied for “religious reasons”?”…”Because really, what prevents someone from saying “I religiously opposed all medical treatments that are expensive” now?”

This is a dangerous precedent.

It is also a dangerous thorn in feminism’s side.

If we continue to allow and encourage men to make decisions about the bodies of women, we are disrespecting ourselves and our brains.

If one person is “religiously opposed” to birth control, then they don’t have to take it, that’s it. There is no need to deny others the healthcare they need because of one person’s beliefs.

I hope to live in a world one day where people’s beliefs are their own, and it is no longer commonplace to force them on others.

Sorry for the rant, but I can’t bear to see people denied things that they need.

–aub–