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July 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Hobby Lobby ruling: A strike against gender equality

Chris Charbonneau, in her guest column “Hobby Lobby ruling puts bosses’ values ahead of a woman’s health” [Opinion, July 6], makes excellent points about the discriminatory actions of corporations like Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court’s subsequent endorsement of them.

Specifically, Charbonneau points to the backward absurdity of an employer’s (now constitutionally authorized) ability to frustrate a woman’s access to preventive care in the form of birth control — which stands at a 99 percent lifetime participation rate among sexually active American women.

Given this context, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Hobby Lobby case is less an example of religious freedom than it is a cynical and discouraging strike against gender equality.

Tim Richards, Seattle

Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, Chris Charbonneau, contraceptives

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