The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, as applied to "closely held" businesses, violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Meaning that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement, this is the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
In layman terms this means women are property, we hold no rights and now even businesses can tell us what we can and cannot do with our bodies. Every year politicians fight and argue about the rights of women. Women should not have abortions or take contraceptives or dress provocatively or breath or walk or work or decide not to have kids and on and on and on. The government and men love to debate what’s best for women as if women can’t make that decision for themselves.
This is the 21st century and women are still being treated as children incapable of having any say or control over their bodies. No one ever debates whether a man with a million kids that he isn’t taking care should opt to have a vasectomy. No one ever discusses coming up with a birth pill for men. Yet In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine also known as the HPV vaccine. Thank goodness that nonsense was quickly shot down but the fact that he thought he had the authority to force parents to vaccinate their daughters is appalling.
Where are the vaccinations for little boys? Where are the laws that dictate how men should behave? Sadly, there has always been and will always be a debate between men and women. Men will always do their best to try and keep women in their “place”. The problem is, women are starting and heading more businesses day by day, women are holding more and more positions of political power and one day very soon women will rule the world. The great thing about women gaining power is, women won’t make the same mistakes men have made. Women will not make laws that strip away men’s rights, women will not make men feel like second class citizens and women will embrace the differences of both sexes and encourage people to be themselves.
There is a war against women and for every step we take there is someone trying to push us back two steps. We have to fight, we have to fight at the polls, in our jobs and sometimes in our homes. We have to stand united against those people who wish to destroy everything the women and some men fought so hard for us to have…rights. We have the right to make our own decisions regarding our bodies, regardless if those decisions are popular or not. We have a right to live our lives in any way we see fit. We have the right to say no! No to people trying to control us, no to people who disagree with us and no to those who think they know what’s best for us. Exercise your rights during the next local, state and federal elections. If someone thinks they know what’s best for women show them how wrong they are at the polls.
Too many women have fought and died for us to have the ability to make the exceptional contributions women have made over the years. We have to honor those women by standing tall and strong. We have to show the world that we are more than our pretty faces, we are smart, capable, proud and tough and we will not sit back and allow anyone to put us in a corner.
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