Here are a few things I’m not:
- An attorney
- A Supreme Court expert
- A scientist
- Hungry. (You should never write a blog post hungry!)
I am a woman, a Christian, a regular church attender. I waited until I was married to have sex, for reasons to do with my religion, and I wouldn’t change that decision. And every morning, between 7 and 7:30 am, I punch a small pill through its aluminum backing and wash it down. I pick up my birth control prescription once a month, for free, thanks to great health insurance. And there are a few things I believe that go along with this decision, and that relate to today’s Supreme Court decision.
I believe corporations are wildly different from people. I believe this has implications for campaign finance and contraceptive coverage.
I believe that if you’re going to make money by manufacturing your products in a country with an absolutely abysmal human rights record, you can’t call your company “Christian.” (You can’t call a company “Christian” in the first place, but if you’re going to do so, you better make absolutely sure your company only does good for everyone involved, from manufacturer to shipper to consumer.)
I believe that calling a corporation “Christian” is like putting a Jesus fish on the back of a car. It invites scrutiny.
I believe that any Supreme Court ruling decision in which the 5 majority justices are all male ought to be very carefully considered.
I believe that craft stores should all be turned into Anthropologies or Boston Markets. I’m not a crafty person.
I believe that women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or other hormone-related syndromes shouldn’t have to go outside their own medical insurance to get coverage for their treatments.
I believe that religious freedom is deeply important, and I also agree with Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she writes “[T]he exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities.”
I believe that if you’re going to operate as a for-profit business in the United States, your medical coverage should follow, not dictate, the law of the land unless that law is unjust.
I believe that both sides believe ardently in their own rightness, and don’t expect minds to be changed. I know and love people who think very differently about this than I do.
That’s it. There are a million more and better-written thinkpieces out there, so get to it. I’ve got to shave my legs for the first time in two months. Wish me luck.