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July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Under increasing legal and political pressure, the Obama administration issued a new rule Friday designed to ensure that female employees have access to birth control while accommodating religious employers that object to covering it through their health insurance plans. But the latest attempt at a compromise — which comes in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — was quickly criticized by religious groups, including the Catonsville-based Little Sisters of the Poor, for not fully addressing their concerns.
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NEWS
March 29, 2014
In the article regarding the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court ( "Health care to high court," March 26), Rev. Harry Knox is quoted as saying, "Religious liberty is not about bosses being able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees, it's about their employees being able to practice their own religious liberty in the privacy of their own homes. " Let's be clear. Bosses do not go into their employees' homes and force them to avoid contraception or abortion.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
I would like to clarify some issues around the Hobby Lobby case that have been misrepresented in the extreme. Under the ruling it may be true that an employer may opt not to provide coverage for four specific types of birth control. But the employer has no control over what doctor you see or what you discuss, and doctor visits are covered by insurance regardless of what an employer says. All of these drugs are available at all pharmacies. You may have to pay full price for it as it will not be an option for co-pay.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
The Sun's editorial board really should read the Supreme Court decision, not just the dissent, before you write an editorial on it ( "Corporations v. People," July 1). First, this decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to hold that all insurance coverage mandates - vaccinations or blood transfusions, for example - must necessarily fall if they conflict with an employer's religious beliefs. Nor does it provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman should have her health care decisions made by her boss. Period. This decision is wrong and a setback for women's health. " Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running to replace his term-limited boss, wasn't far behind with his own statement: "No one has the right to dictate personal health care decisions to a woman, certainly not her employer.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
The strict constructionists on the Supreme Court had no difficulty with infusing personhood upon corporations ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30. Corporations are legal fictions created in the 19th century to promote economic growth by facilitating the ability to raise investment capital. They were never intended to have the entire range of rights and privileges as actual persons. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were persons in the context of political contributions.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
Your editorial on the Hobby Lobby ruling is correct in saying that by limiting full access to contraceptives, the Supreme Court's decision likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies and the social harms they cause ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Furthermore, The Sun accurately stated that companies would now be able to argue other matters on the basis of "religious freedom," at the expense of freedoms the Constitution originally granted to individuals.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 30, 2014
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage. Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, say doing so would require them to violate their religious beliefs.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | July 2, 2014
The Greens, the evangelical Christians who own 500 craft shops called Hobby Lobby, aren't the people on whom we should be focusing our anger this week. Neither is the Mennonite Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties They aren't the bad guys. The five male justices on the Supreme Court who supported the companies' refusal to provide contraceptive care to their female employees on religious grounds aren't the enemy here, either, although many might dispute that point.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
Thomas Schaller's ironic and disturbing commentary in The Sun, "Not taxing U.S. corporations gives a pass to foreigners" (July 8) yielded two takeaways: (1) In the wake of the Supreme Court decisions in "Citizens United" and "Hobby Lobby," we need a Constitutional amendment that invalidates the preposterous concept of corporate personhood; and (2) Any corporation that sells its goods or services to Americans must pay corporate taxes in the U.S., whether they are chartered in Maryland, an overseas tax shelter, or another solar system.
NEWS
By Pooja Singal, Adi Rattner and Meghana Desale | July 16, 2014
As physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are deeply concerned about the consequences that Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will have on our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care to our patients. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, coverage for four specific forms of contraception may be denied to women employed by closely held corporations, which represent thousands of American businesses employing millions of American women. The forms of birth control that can now legally be withheld from insurance plans include intrauterine devices (IUDs, both hormonal and non-hormonal)
NEWS
July 10, 2014
The Maryland gubernatorial race will surely focus on women's outrage at government intrusion into their health-care decisions ( "Hogan and Hobby Lobby," July 9). What's interesting is the apparent lack of outrage at the government intrusion that "Obamacare" imposes on everyone else's health care decisions. Jerrold L. Brotman, Timonium - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman should have her health care decisions made by her boss. Period. This decision is wrong and a setback for women's health. " Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running to replace his term-limited boss, wasn't far behind with his own statement: "No one has the right to dictate personal health care decisions to a woman, certainly not her employer.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
I am feeling sick looking at the front page of The Sun and trying to understand how young women could be cheering the Supreme Court's decision to allow Hobby Lobby to refuse to cover contraceptive prescriptions ( "Court sides with employers in contraception case," June 30). Admittedly I am pro-choice, but this has nothing to do with abortions. Maybe we need a basic biology lesson. As I've heard it explained by doctors, contraceptives fool the body into believing the woman is already pregnant so that conception is not possible.
NEWS
July 5, 2014
People don't have to work at Hobby Lobby, nor do people have to shop there ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Get off your elite high horse and leave the people alone. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
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