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Missouri's D.C. Representatives Fight for Corporate Right to Put God in Your Uterus

In fact, not one of Missouri's representatives has come out against Hobby Lobby, not even Senator Claire McCaskill.

See also: Sen. McCaskill: If Pot is Legal "Kids Will Get Handed Joints Like They Get Handed Beers"

McCaskill hasn't made any media statements defending women's right to contraception in this case, and her last tweet was on March 22 -- about a Mizzou wrestler:

Meanwhile, Missouri's other representatives have been tweeting up a storm to defend corporation's right to discriminate against women, if that's what their religion calls for.

Here's Representative Vicky Hartzler showing support for Christian-owned, sweatshop-exploiting corporations over women:

Here's Ann Wagner also hating on the ladies:

See also: Obamacare: Rep. Paul Wieland Sues Feds Over "Intrinsically Evil" Plan Covering Birth Control

Jason Smith was busy talking about hydropower this week, but he found the time to stick his nose in the uterus debate:

And Representative Billy Long wrote a very dry anti-contraception response just to throw his two cents in, because why not?

Representative Emanuel Cleaver has not said anything at all about Obamacare on Twitter recently, much less the contraception issue.

Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) hasn't specifically addressed contraception, but he has tweeted against Obamacare, which is par for the course for Republicans.

And St. Louis' Representative Lacy Clay (D) hasn't talked about contraception, but he has been tweeting heavily in favor of Obamacare, urging people to sign up.

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Richard Cline
Richard Cline

Blunt's people ought to scrutinize his pr photos better. He looks like a Batman villain here.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate this state? (I have. I truly wish St. Louis was it's own state.)

catlandgraf
catlandgraf

Paid benefits such as 401K programs and health insurance are part of an employee's overall compensation package. This is compensation that the employee earns and pays into, not money given away freely by a company.  


If the Supreme Court allows Hobby Lobby to claim a religious objection to helping to pay for healthcare plans that include all FDA approved forms of prescription birth control, it will quickly become a slippery slope. You have to wonder what ridiculous overreach would come next.  Would these same companies be allowed to claim religious objections to employees using their 401Ks to invest in pharmaceutical companies that make these birth control methods.


Companies do not get to pick and choose how employees exercise the health benefits that are a product of their employees' work efforts, just as they can't limit their employees' use of the cash portion of their compensation package.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Ever since Citizens United, these corporations have managed to prove that if they are people, they are remarkably ill informed and ignorant.  Contraception is not the same thing as abortion, which is what they are all up in arms about supposedly.  Yet, this same insurance they are mad about also provides penis pumps and Viagra..which only have use for sex.  Birth control actually serves a MUCH larger purpose, it helps regulates menstrual cycles as well as treat diseases such as endometriosis.

But the bible thumpers cannot be distracted by things known as "facts", preferring to stick with obvious ignorance just because their badly translated book of myths apparently told them so..even though it doesnt.

This entire case goes to establish a state religion, something that is expressly forbidden by the Constitution.  It says you are free to choose a mythology, as long as its christianity.  And if the Supreme Court backs Hobby Lobby, then before long you will have other mythology coming out to say since they do not believe in science, they also will ban it.  Who needs vaccines and real medical treatment when you can pray your illness away?

Course, this never works, but this is the set up we will end up with.

Mythology spreads ignorance and hatred, pure and simple.

gsp333
gsp333

Just my observations...

1st, as much as you'd like to think it is... it's NOT anyone's "right" to be provided birth control, perhaps I am overlooking that in the Constitution? But you are perfectly within your right to seek employment elsewhere. 
 
2nd YOU control your uterus (not the government) so assume RESPONSIBILITY for it!   

3rd, WHAT DISCRIMINATION? Not providing birth control that's discrimination?  Lots insurance companies won't pay for a 4 hour boner pill yet I don't see a parade of men in front of the Supreme court, WHICH by the way IS a medical condition.
 
4th, What Hobby Lobby employee works there to get birth control? 

5th, Per Planned Parenthood, Birth control pills may be purchased with a prescription at a drugstore or clinic. They cost about $15–$50 a month, so buy your own. 

6th,  EVERY American can choose where they work therefore if you're not happy with whatever organization you work for then leave.  "Period."

Tolerance and understanding is TWO WAY STREET (unless of course it's not convenient for you). 
 



   

Allison Cook
Allison Cook

Hey ben I think you'll have the right to argue about birth control when you grow a vagina

Scott Shelton
Scott Shelton

Republicans are all for small government. Small enough to stick wherever they see fit.

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

My boy,Roy Blunt!Sounds good to me..Whats wrong St.louis??Too many morals??

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Ask any stage 4 breast cancer patient if they wish the government still covered avastin

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

And insurance companies vs government medicine Yeah I'll take make chances with aetna any day of the week

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Loan companies do it It's not that hard to be licensed in other states Aaa sold me car insurance in 3 states Why can't I get health Insurance the same way

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

I'm not sure, but seeing as Insurance Laws vary by State, how could they condone "interstate" insurance competition. Each State has its own Insurance Commission for consumer protection & information. How would that work if you get insurance from a State where your insurance Company is not licensed? Some ins. companies purposely do that because they don't like the rules in some states. In other words, they will always have the upper hand in this political climate.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

So, when you interview for a job, do you get to ask your prospective employer what their religion is, so as to avoid any conflicts down the road?

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

We don't You're right A condom isn't birth Control What was I thinking

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Come on man? Men don't use birth control, but I guess you speak for women?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Dumb, you just made yourself look silly. Get educated buddy

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

He has the most EVIL Look. Scary.

Glen Cory
Glen Cory

Wish his mother would of been on birth control !

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Brenda maybe if they had opened up interstate insurance competition ... Had any kind of tort reform or did anything besides letting him pharma write the bill it would be worth saving

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Mr. Monsanto wouldn't make a pimple on a good man's butt.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

So sick of the right wing trying to legislate their religious beliefs. I used to vote all GOP for more than 30 years. As of late I vote against most GOP members now because of their religious fanaticism. And I'm in good company. The GOP has lost most of the center and even the right center over these types of social issues.

Evets Neerg
Evets Neerg

Ben did you read the story . It's ok for the workers who makes thier stuff to be forced to have abortions but not to supply birth control for their US workers.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Disgusted by all of them! Obstructionists who will do or say anything to stop the affordable healthcare act.

Lisa Marie Pini
Lisa Marie Pini

Im pretty tired of these law makers telling women or anyone for that matter what they can and cant do with their bodies. Here's a thought. Mind their own business

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

You talk about birth control like it's expensive Come on man...

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Steve I don't owe anyone birth control If it's not worth buying a 50 cent condom why are you doing it anyway

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

@doug Tull you mean the south that was ran by Democrats like George Wallace?

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Where does that end? Maybe you should buy your own medications as your employer's religious beliefs mandate faith healing?

Joe Thebeau
Joe Thebeau

That piece of shit is a complete tool.

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

Missouri is regressing. This state is basically part of the racist, old south.

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

He's a sleaze. Divorces his first wife to marry a tobacco lobbyist. Always doing Monsanto's bidding, too.

Maxwell Lawl
Maxwell Lawl

Creepiest face ever to see with a story that's talking about uteri.

Kate McAtee
Kate McAtee

He looks like the joker from batman.

gsp333
gsp333

The affordable care act isn't affordable, it's an unmitigated economic titanic that doesn't work. 

gsp333
gsp333

How is anyone telling you what you can/cant do with your body?  

gsp333
gsp333

REALLY, racist?   Bring forth the facts to support your stance. 

Let me see if I understand your thought process. Missouri lawmakers by supporting a organization for not providing birth control as part of their insurance package makes Missourians racist?
Huh?

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