Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t happy about the majority’s ruling upholding Hobby Lobby’s right not to cover a handful of emergency birth control methods. In an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric Ginsburg said she thinks the male Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby have a "blind spot" when it comes to women.
"Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?" Couric asked Ginsburg of the 5-4 Hobby Lobby ruling, which cleared the way for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives to female workers on religious grounds.
"I would have to say no," the 81-year-old justice replied. Asked if the five justices revealed a "blind spot" in their decision, Ginsburg said yes. …
"But justices continue to think and can change," she added, hopefully. "They have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.
"I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow," she said.
In a blistering 35-page dissent, Ginsburg wrote that the majority was allowing employers to impose their religious beliefs on their employees who do not necessarily share them, an activity the judge believes is not protected by the Constitution. …
"I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners," she said. "On the other hand, they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women" who work for them.
Women who choose to work for Hobby Lobby and want birth control are not victims. They have an array of choices starting with choosing employers who offer such coverage as part of their benefits packages. Women also had widespread access to the birth control methods of their choice before the federal government got involved.
Confining government to its constitutional limits is an especially important consideration for women, since the growth of women-owned firms is 1.5 times higher than the national average. The most important thing entrepreneurs—women and men—need is freedom and opportunity, not more government trying to micromanage their businesses.