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videoJul 16, 2014 1:43 pm
Most of us don’t think twice when it comes to having a soft drink every now and then. But what happens when those drinks become part of our everyday diet? And what happens when they become staples of children’s diets? Not only does this video highlight the dangers of consuming too many sugary foods and drinks, but it rightly calls out how often low-income families end up spending what little they have on these junk food products because they don’t have access to healthier options. The consequences are heartbreaking and pretty terrifying.
Oh! One more thing. While it’s important to encourage people to make healthy food-and-drink choices, it’s also important to remember that everyone has control over their own bodies and should be respected as such. Healthy options and education should be the goal when talking about diabetes prevention, not policing what anyone else eats or drinks. OK, good talk.
photoJul 15, 2014 9:09 pm
Anyone who thinks you can just walk into a convenience store and get the affordable birth control you need clearly has no understanding about the reality of women’s lives — and no business making decisions about them.
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In light of recent events, Slate used data from Harvard University’s Center for Population and Development Studies to put together an updated map that shows which countries around the world provide free birth control pills to the public. To put this in perspective: Iran is one of them, the U.S. is not.
quoteJul 02, 2014 4:30 pm
In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs. …Compelling governmental interest in uniform compliance with the law, and disadvantages that religion-based opt-outs impose on others, hold no sway, the Court decides, at least when there is a ‘less restrictive alternative.’ And such an alternative, the Court suggests, there always will be whenever, in lieu of tolling an enterprise claiming a religion-based exemption, the government, i.e., the general public, can pick up the tab.
…The Court does not pretend that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause demands religion-based accomodations so extreme, for our decisions leave no doubt on that score… Instead, the Court holds that Congress, in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)… dictated the extraordinary religion-based exemptions today’s decision endorses. In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accomodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith—in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ. Persuaded that Congress enacted RFRA to serve a far less radical purpose, and mindful of the havoc the Court’s judgment can introduce, I dissent.
…Hobby Lobby and Conestoga surely do not stand alone as commercial enterprises seeking exemptions from generally applicable laws on the bass of their religious beliefs. See, e.g. Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc. …(owner of restaurant chain refused to serve black patrons based on his religious beliefs opposing racial integration)… In re Minnesota ex rel. McClure … (born-again Christians who owned closely-held for-profit health clubs believed that the Bible proscribed hiring or retaining an ‘individual living with but not married to a person of the opposite sex,’ ‘a young, single woman working without her father’s consent or a married woman working without her husband’s consent,’ and any person ‘antagonistic to the Bible,’ including ‘fornicators and homosexuals’… Elane Photography, LLC v. Willock …(for-profit photography business owned by a husband and wife refused to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony based on the religious beliefs of the company’s owners)… Would RFRA require exemptions in cases of this ilk? And if not, how does the Court divine which religious beliefs are worthy of accommodation, and which are not?"
photoJun 30, 2014 4:30 pm
The Supreme Court just issued a ruling that will take birth control out of the hands of women who need it. Their decision gives employers the power to deny women the new birth control benefits of the Affordable Care Act — allowing bosses to force their personal beliefs on employees.
This isn’t over. We’re not going to let a handful of extreme bosses and politicians turn back the clock — we’re moving forward, not backward, and we’re not done fighting for women’s access to birth control.