In the recent Hobby Lobby decision, five men decided the fate of women all over the US. Without a vagina to back it up.
Five men agreed that corporations should not be held responsible for providing contraceptive coverage to female employees, despite Obamacare saying that they need to.
Five men agreed that corporations would not be forced into doing something they did not want to do (pay for birth control) and that women would be forced into doing something they did not want to do (pay for birth control).
Corporations have become people. Corporations now have the freedom to make choices, and women do not.
This 5-4 ruling was made so as to not conflict with "sincerely held" religious beliefs: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a 1993 law that says that people are not "required to follow federal laws that 'substantially burden religious exercise' unless the government has a 'compelling…interest' at stake that outweighs that individual burden," now also applies to corporations.
Corporations have, again, become people.
And now, companies run by devout Christian Scientists could object to covering vaccinations, companies run by Jehovah's Witnesses could object to covering blood transfusions, companies with Scientologists could object to covering psychiatry, and so forth.
But, wait. These five men, who have zero business telling a woman what she should or should not do with her body, made sure to note that this ruling only applies to contraception and not to other healthcare needs, and therefore only to women.
These five men fell for Hobby Lobby's assertion that contraception causes abortions, when in reality, according to Mother Jones, the birth control methods Hobby Lobby objects to -- Ella, Plan B and two intrauterine devices -- "don't prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus, which the owners of Hobby Lobby consider abortion."
These five men, apparently, don't even know what an abortion is.
These five men -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas -- have never experienced sharp cramps, painful periods, tender breasts, fatal pregnancies, dangerously heavy amounts of blood escaping their bodies, endometriosis, or simply the risk of becoming pregnant when they weren't financially, mentally or physically prepared to be pregnant.
These five men have never experienced the relief that comes with using birth control to counter all this.
H/T: Mother Jones, Photo Credit: Getty Images