Pro-Choice Sandra Fluke Rips Supreme Court on Contraceptives

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Monday, 30 Jun 2014 05:57 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Sandra Fluke — fiercely criticized in 2012 for lobbying Congress to include birth control coverage in student healthcare plans — on Monday blasted the Supreme Court decision that lets corporations opt out, for religious reasons, of Obamacare's mandate to pay for contraceptives, saying it opens a "dangerous" path "to go far past birth control."

In an online article for The Washington Post, Fluke, whom talk show host Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for her 2012 testimony — and who is now running for California's state Senate, — railed at the high court's Hobby Lobby ruling for equating corporations with individuals.

"Today, the court ruled that such corporations have religious rights under federal statute, just as individuals do," wrote Fluke, who is a lawyer. "Corporations are not people. Corporations cannot have religious views. And this decision sends us in a dangerous direction."

Citing a dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Fluke warned that "this decision opens the door for future cases with numerous far-reaching implications," adding that it will let companies, for example, "deny coverage of numerous healthcare services."

"Why is birth control — an uncontroversial form of care used by an astonishing number of women — different from blood transfusions and vaccines, which many individuals have religious objections to?" she asked. "The fact is, it's not. This case sets a dangerous precedent and can be used in the future to go far past birth control."

Though Fluke said the court found the government can meet women's "need for affordable access to contraception in other ways," that path, too, is rocky "in the current reproductive rights environment."

In Texas, Fluke charged, there "are attacks on government money for contraception and clinics that offer abortion care," and elsewhere, "even a woman's ability to pay for her own coverage is under attack."

"Some states' exchanges and the federal exchange are prohibited from providing insurance that covers abortion care," she said, adding: "In sum, the anti-choice movement wants to limit not just affordable access, but all access to abortion and birth control, whether it is backed by the government, by employers, or purchased by private citizens.

"It is an attack at all levels, and today's decision is just another success in these efforts."

Fluke also took to Twitter to blast the decision:

But The Washington Examiner took exception to her remarks, noting that "the court's ruling did not ban birth control or allow bosses to 'deny employees coverage of birth control,' as Fluke alleged."

"Hobby Lobby already provides its employees with health insurance that covers 16 forms of the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, a point usually left out or buried by liberal precincts of the mainstream media," the newspaper reported.

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