Last week, in the “Hobby Lobby” case, five men on the US Supreme Court ruled that women’s bosses have the right to dictate their contraception choices.
You read that right. Our Supreme Court just decided that a corporation’s right to “practice” its religion trumps a woman’s right to access birth control through her insurance plan. That puts basic contraception at risk for millions of American women, simply because their workplace is run by people who think they should be making the decisions about their female employees’ private lives.
And make no mistake — this is a decision squarely targeting women. The Court didn’t give corporations the right to deny coverage for blood transfusions or vaccines. The Court said nothing about insurance coverage for Viagra or male enhancement procedures. The Court only struck down laws guaranteeing women’s access to contraception — basic health services that 99% of American women use at some point in their lives.
As you might have heard, the Supreme Court majority claimed their decision was a narrow one, only affecting “closely held” corporations. But over 90% of American corporations are closely held! Koch Industries and Cargill are all closely held corporations. These three alone employ millions of Americans — Americans whose family-planning decisions now include the Koch brothers, the Walton family, and the Cargill family, instead of the family doctor.
These are the disastrous consequences of the GOP’s War on Women and the unchecked power of big corporations in our government. Predictably, right-wing groups are already attempting to use the Supreme Court’s decision to undermine policies that protect LGBT workers from job discrimination. At this critical time, please don’t stand on the sidelines.
Just moments after the Supreme Court announced its opinion, Speaker John Boehner called the ruling a victory for “religious freedom.” Think about that. Think about how twisted those words have become if “religious freedom” means CEOs telling women — many working at minimum wage — to pay out of pocket for basic healthcare.
We need more Members of Congress who understand what freedom and human dignity really mean. We need a Congress that isn’t afraid to stand up for the rights of real people — not corporations.
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CBS SF, June 27, 2014 9:40 PM
FOSTER CITY — The threat of rising seas in San Mateo County was the focus of a planning conference in Foster City Friday morning hosted by federal, state and county government leaders.
“Sea level rise is one of the most critical issues we face in San Mateo County, and there are no more crisis-oriented issues than this one,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City, one of the conference hosts.
California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier wants Congress to give millions in lost separation pay to service members dismissed from the military under the old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, calling it a way to make amends for a shameful chapter in American history.
Under her Military Separation Pay Fairness Act filed Thursday, troops kicked out of the military under the policy — in effect from 1993 to 2010 — who received only partial separation pay would be eligible to receive their lost payouts, with interest.
E-cigs are a danger to young people
SFGate.com – Published 6:15 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014 by Jackie Speier
Gummy bear, cotton candy, chocolate cake and thin mint sound like concoctions cooked up by a confectioner to satisfy the cravings of a child’s sweet tooth. Sadly, they are not.
Instead, these are the flavors of e-liquids available for electronic cigarettes, and our youth are vaping them up. The e-cigarette industry is booming. Its revenue has been increasing at a rate of nearly 115 percent a year since 2009 and last year soared to nearly $1.7 billion. As the industry spends more on marketing the product as a safe alternative to cigarettes, it is also relying on more teens and young adults for its sales.