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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health
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…

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

July 7, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: Employees should just seek employment elsewhere

With our nation’s birthday upon us, I am reminded of the importance of our freedoms. While our constitutional rights and the laws that uphold them are complex, I can’t see the Supreme Court deciding the Hobby Lobby case any other way [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. One…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

July 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: We’re still fighting over control over women’s bodies

The recent Supreme Court decisions of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley are awash with hypocrisy [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. So, women making private medical decisions aren’t due the same protections from harassment provided by a 35-foot buffer zone that is used at…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby

July 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: Correctly labeled a Taliban-like decision

The editorial board at The Seattle Times nailed it when it labeled the recent Supreme Court decision a “Taliban” decision [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. The Supreme Court has ruled that members of a particular religious sect have the right to dictate their employees under their direct…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: birth control, contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

July 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: How to ensure corporations beliefs are deeply held?

How is the government going to ascertain that the closely held corporations’ religious beliefs are “deeply held” and not just a scam to get out of paying for their employees’ insurance? [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. Will a report card, church-attendance records and donation tallies from…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: brith control, contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

July 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Contraception ruling: The church and the state don’t mix

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case should have all Americans concerned [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. It further erodes the separation between church and state that serves as the foundation of our government. The Founding Fathers were students of history and knew the…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: contraceptives, Hobby Lobby, Sean Smith

July 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Hobby Lobby decision a step closer to establishing Christian church as official U.S. religion

Before the movie “Mary Poppins” came out the longest word in the English language was supposedly “antidisestablishmentarianism.” The word was coined in the middle of a heated political fight in Britain over the “established church,” namely the Church of England (frequently referred to outside of the U.K. as the Anglican Church). Not surprisingly, a lot of people…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Christianity, conservatives, Hobby Lobby

July 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Contraception: Hobby Lobby got it right

The notion that Hobby Lobby is attacking women’s rights by choosing to “opt out of covering…legitimate health needs” is absurd ["Yes, (some) corporations can pray — and you’ll all pay," Opinion, June 30]. Hobby Lobby has stated clearly that it opposes only those forms of contraception that it sees as abortive, like the morning-after pill.  It…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: abortion, contraception, health

July 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

My personal advice to other women: still get pelvic exams

I want to advise women to ignore the bad advice given by the American College of Physicians in the article “Guideline: Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam” [Health & Fitness, June 30], and to make sure that they get annual pelvic examinations. While the statistics might show that few malignancies are detected by…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: American College of Physicians, Bernice Kastner, cancer

February 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

African hospitals: The power of a single person

What a great idea to “take a break and applaud a hero” [“At 90, this doctor is still calling,” Opinion, Feb. 7]. To find such inspiration in the newspaper is wonderful. Catherine Hamlin’s work in Ethiopia has saved lives, brought new techniques to save more, and even given a chance for those who were…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Africa, Catherine Hamlin, Nicholas D. Kristof

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