Franken, DFL, NARAL blast Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling; Bachmann approves

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Franken is disappointed, Bachmann encouraged by the court's ruling.
Yesterday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled family-owned for-profit businesses like Hobby Lobby cannot be required to provide contraceptive products to employees that don't accord with the owner's religious beliefs.

As we've covered, the owners at least three Minnesota companies -- Annex Medical, Skin Care Doctors, and the American Manufacturing Company -- have gone as far as to threaten they'll close if forced to pay for their employees' contraception. It looks like they'll no longer need to worry about shutting the doors, though their female employees will likely have to pay out of pocket for emergency contraception and intrauterine devices.

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Linnea House, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, tells us she, as a woman, feels singled out by the Supreme Court's decision.

"Companies don't get to say, 'You can't have blood transfusions,' or other treatments they may have an objection to," House says. "[The ruling] only affects women, and that's particularly narrow and hurtful, I think."

Just before the ruling came down, NARAL distributed a press release placing the controversy in the context of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.

"NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota is highlighting an important difference in the race for Senate as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hand down a critical decision on the future of women's health coverage," the release says. "[Mike] McFadden has told Minnesotans time and again he would repeal the Affordable Care Act if given the opportunity and take with it new protections for women, including the provision that requires employers provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for women... Senator Al Franken has strongly stood with Minnesota women and repeatedly spoken out against efforts to let employers make decisions for women about their health care."

In a statement sent to City Pages, Franken says he's "very disappointed" about the decision.

"This ruling will deny women access to the health care services they need and their doctors prescribe," Franken says. "A woman's boss should never be the one to make health care decisions for her -- these decisions should be between a woman and her doctor. Ninety-nine percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives, and more than half a million women in Minnesota have benefited from the requirement that insurance companies provide preventive health services free of charge -- including contraception."

The McFadden campaign didn't respond to an email seeking comment, but the DFL and MNGOP offered up opposed responses to the ruling.

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Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

Since leaving MN, I have not kept up with Al Franken, so hardly know his record, but have heard him speak a couple times and came away thinking he was not like other politicians...if you think he's a joke and didn't even bother to comment negatively on MICHELLE BACHMANN, YOU ARE AN IMBECILE!

Terri Taray
Terri Taray

Of course Bachman did she's a FREAK!!!

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Easy access? There are condoms EVERYWHERE!!! It is called a store.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

And have you read the court opinion? Of course not.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

They should just stop offering any insurance. Then nobody would feel entitled to anything.

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

It'd be nice if people had easy access to that birth control though.

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

How is he a joke? He's right up there with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on being sincere and not being bought and paid for like most politicians.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

Well, it looks like a bunch of horny sluts will have to quit working at Hobby Lobby and find work elsewhere. :) 

Todd C. Scott
Todd C. Scott

Have you read the court opinion? Of course not. You wouldn't even know where to find it. Do you know what a holding is? Do you know what it means when a Justice "concurs in part?" Your comment makes you look like you get your facts from Fox News. Anyway, your total lack of understanding about how to use punctuation correctly makes whatever point you are trying to make unreadable.

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Obamacare is a tax, not health care.. And ONLY deemed constitutional on the grounds that it is a tax.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

They still get 16 forms of birth control , Hobby Lobby DON'T have to pay for abortion pill's , like the morning after pill , why should they be forced to pay for someone's bad choice's . Get your facts right before you start spewing your BS , you should get a job with MSNBC or CNN .

Terry Daniel
Terry Daniel

Franken may be a joke but Bachmann a belly aching laugh!

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

nobody would rape that crazy bitch i would rather excite myself

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

so are you dude why is it you never hear about him but we hear about all the other losers typical repuken

John Bunch
John Bunch

95% of the people commenting on the decision - on the Right and Left, have not read it and don't understand the legal reasoning. They are merely parroting what they read in the media.

Luke Pearson
Luke Pearson

If your grown up enough to have sex you should be old enough to figure out how to equip yourself with birth control without relying on your employer or insurance. I don't even nessacarily agree with the decision its just this huge lack of self reliance that we're are developing is scary

Bethany Tait
Bethany Tait

Does it really matter? They don't cover all birth control, that's the point. Nitpicking is unnecessary.

Tim Clausen
Tim Clausen

This just goes to show how at fault we are for having employers provide medical coverage. This concept is obscene and absurd. Obamacare is a bullshit compromise that demonstrates how weak the DFL is and how aligned they are with MUCH of the same agenda as the political parties of these religious fanatics. Health care should be as simple as "I am person residing in the US and I need to be treated." We are a nation wealthy enough to make this so, absolutely. Yet we stand as one of the most unhealthy and uneconomical in the first world.

Jason Windsperger
Jason Windsperger

Bachmann is a good looking woman! Right up next to Sarah Palin

Mary King
Mary King

That's ignorant.... Let's say the American with Disabilities Act is unconstitutional too.... Give that a break...

Mary King
Mary King

I say take away Viagra and Alzheimer's treatment for the owners.... Since we get to pick causes through health care decisions. I vote for my ideas.... These fools have already started walking backward in time and shouldn't reproduce. I am shocked by the Supreme Court! I also, think if corporations can "make such decisions", then they can be put in jail for life! Exxon Valdez, off to jail (throw away the key), BP off to jail, Hormel.... You abuse animals... Off to jail! Maybe the Supreme Court just set an amazing precedence! I could have a field day with this!

Dan Krzykowski
Dan Krzykowski

Todd C. Scott, please cite a source that isn't a political blog post.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

don't forget, there is no god and religion is a huge scam. A money scam. Duh!

Todd C. Scott
Todd C. Scott

@Sean Rogers - you are correct in saying that Hobby Lobby only intended to include certain kinds of birth control in the case, but the court's opinion is more general than that, and as a result, all birth control is affected by the ruling.

Luke Knutson
Luke Knutson

bachmann is a dumb bitch, who needs to get slapped.

Kimi4188632
Kimi4188632

Democrats need to rally around the creation of a public option. I suggest expanding medicare to cover anyone, regardless of age. Working age people can pay in directly from their taxes in a manner proportionate to their income. Why is government insurance like Medicare approved and supported by most people for 65 year olds but frowned upon as "socialized medicine" for those of us under 65?

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Warren Sincere! The person that incorrectly claimed she was partially Cherokee in order to take advantage of benefits for Minority Status?   Please wake up, read, and think. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Jeff55414 Can you imagine how big of a loser Jeff must be to write this?  How often do you get maced daily Jeff?   The over/under is 2 folks.  What bet do you place?  

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The real problem is the breeders that start at 15. Three or four baby daddies, section 8, disability, welfare for life, etc.

The breeders want no part of birth control.   But since they don't work, they don't have to worry about this decision.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This is the problem with letting everyone vote. The uninformed idiots have as much say so, as someone with an educated opinion.

The Hobby Lobby medical insurance covers 16 birth control meds.   Hobby Lobby is opposed to abortions.  There are 4 morning after pills that they don't have to provide payment for.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

nobody needs to read the decisions, its pretty clear that this is corporatism 

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

Welcome to the New America. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Health care should be as simple as "I am person residing in the US and I need to be treated." We are a nation wealthy enough to make this so, absolutely.

Huh?  Wealthy nation?  Fed Printing $85,000,000,000 a month, GDP -2.9% for the first quarter of 2014,  $16 trillion national debt, 50,000,000 on SNAP (more than the population of Spain), 11,000,000 on SSDI (more than the population of Greece), lowest workforce participation rate since the mid 50's, real unemployment rate around 16%, student loan debt is $1.2 TRILLION dollars, and new grads can't get jobs, and now Obama is allowing 100,000's of illegal children to flood our country.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

Exactly, because the court has effectively stated that contraception, in any form, is fair game.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@Kimi4188632 " I suggest expanding medicare to cover anyone"

I don't think you "get it". Medicare / Medicaid / Obama Care Insurance have such a low reimbursement rate that many doctors will not see these patients, or they will wait a long time, as the doctors will limit the number of these patients they see.

It turns out to be a form of rationing. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @Truth_Teller_1 Pretty easy to put the National Guard / Army on the border - turn them back before they enter. How about Obama has a press conference and says he doesn't want any more illegal immigration?   How about he addresses the President of Mexico and tells him to control his own boarder?

You're the schill

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