Your Employers Must Tell You If They Think You're a Babykilling Slut

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision went down, many women wondered if they would suddenly find themselves at the mercy of their boss's heretofore unknown beliefs that women who take birth control are abortion-happy harlots. Unfortunately, the answer is still yes. Fortunately, thanks to new rules set forth… » 7/17/14 3:15pm 7/17/14 3:15pm

Thank God (Yes, THAT God) for the Women of the Supreme Court

Remember when Samuel Alito said that the Hobby Lobby ruling isn't a big deal? Because at least non-profits can "opt out" of providing birth control by signing a form, and then the insurer can directly cover it instead. Now Alito is saying these opt outs are unconstitutional as well, and the women justices are FURIOUS. » 7/04/14 12:00pm 7/04/14 12:00pm

Here Are the 82 Companies That Think Birth Control Is Murder

Yesterday, a five conservative Catholic dude majority (yes — Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy are all Catholic) on the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby in a case that sought to establish whether certain corporations could be said to hold "religious beliefs" and whether being compelled to providing an… » 7/01/14 11:20am 7/01/14 11:20am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby Dissent Gets Its Own Song

It's too bad that we live in a world where Samuel Alito's bonkers religious beliefs can be used to disenfranchise all American women, but at least we have Ruth Bader Ginsburg's blistering dissent against yesterday's Hobby Lobby ruling. And if 35 pages is too much for you to read, this fellow above has turned it into a… » 7/01/14 10:40am 7/01/14 10:40am

Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

In a unanimous ruling (et tu, Justice Ginsburg?!?!), the Supreme Court has ruled in McCullen v Coakley that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional. The Opinion's author, Chief Justice Roberts, also (disturbingly) noted in his opinion that abortion clinic… » 6/26/14 11:40am 6/26/14 11:40am

All You Thought You Knew About Juries Is Wrong

In 12 Angry Men, a jury deliberates a death penalty case against a young boy. Only one juror votes "not guilty," while the rest lazily accept the prosecution's story. Because juries in criminal cases must be unanimous, the lone juror holds up the process and eventually convinces the rest of the jurors to spare the… » 4/28/14 4:47pm 4/28/14 4:47pm

3 Reasons Affirmative Action Will Be Okay Despite Supreme Decision

The Supreme Court just ruled that Michigan's ban on government affirmative-action was constitutional. The ruling was 6-2. Yes, there are nine Supreme Court Justices, but Elena Kagan had to recuse herself because she was involved with the case while she was Solicitor General. » 4/22/14 11:18am 4/22/14 11:18am

Hobby Lobby's Retirement Plan Invests in Contraception Makers

Hobby Lobby has fought all the way to the Supreme Court over whether the government can compel a "religious corporation" to cover employees' birth control. But it seems that as of December 2012, when the company originally filed suit, the company wasn't so picky about its retirement plan, which invests in… » 4/01/14 11:00am 4/01/14 11:00am

Surge in Abortion Restrictions Awful, May Be Gaining Momentum

Sorry to bring down your Saturday, but the New York Times has a new report on the recent surge in abortion restrictions, and it's not looking great. We've seen this happening at an unsettling pace recently, and it's scary that women aren't getting access to care that they need. So far, twenty-four states have barred… » 1/04/14 2:00pm 1/04/14 2:00pm

Latest Obamacare Birth Control Cases Aren't as Bad as They Seem

Though it appeared that birth control-loving Americans had been dealt a swift kick to their genitals with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision to grant a temporary delay for some religiously affiliated groups who want exemption from the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, the nuance of the call is actually much… » 1/02/14 3:10pm 1/02/14 3:10pm

Justice Sotomayor Pumps the Brakes on the Birth Control Mandate

On the cusp of pressing the reset button on our frenzied Gregorian existence, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave us all a frustrating New Year's Eve surprise by blocking the implementation of that tricky part of the Affordable Care Act that would have forced certain religiously affiliated organizations (ahem,… » 1/01/14 12:00pm 1/01/14 12:00pm

Hobby Lobby Heads to the Supreme Court Over Right to Deny You Your IUD

Nothing says the good ol' days quite like the Hobby Lobby corporation. What with its strong Christian values, distaste for Jews and staunch refusal to provide certain types of contraceptive care to its employees, stepping into a Hobby Lobby store is almost like stepping back into simpler, more ignorant times. » 11/26/13 12:40pm 11/26/13 12:40pm

Swearing Ladies Are Ruining America, and More Dumb Shit Scalia Says

We all knew that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a testicularly prolific, Judge Judy-level sassy Constitutional originalist who probably turns his chair around backward before he sits in it because he doesn't follow anyone's rules* (*Except the Founding Fathers, and he's a real nerd about it). But in an… » 10/07/13 2:30pm 10/07/13 2:30pm

The Supreme Court Might Decide the Abortion Pill's Fate

What's not to love about "abortion pill" RU-486? 17 percent of abortions in the US are medication abortions, which are less invasive than surgical abortions and easier to access in states that love restricting women's reproductive choice. This alternative will obviously not do for a number of uterus-fearing state… » 7/19/13 2:00pm 7/19/13 2:00pm