Levy’s criticism of Goldrick, Himes is wrong

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Leora Levy’s letter of July 17 concerns two fundamental American rights — religious freedom, on which she comments, and freedom of speech, on which she tramples.

Regarding the latter, Sean Goldrick and Congressman Himes do not share her point of view on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. They have articulated cogent reasons for their opposition, yet Ms. Levy states they “should be ashamed of themselves. “Since Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor dissented vigorously to the decision, should they feel the same?

Unfortunately women’s reproductive freedom has become a political concern. Let’s at least conduct the debate with dignity.

As with freedom of speech, religious liberty is a very important value in our country. It includes not just the right to worship as you please, but the right to be free from others imposing their beliefs on you. The Supreme Court ruled against religious liberty when they decided business owners could use their religious beliefs to discriminate against the women whom they employ.

As a result many women will pay twice for birth control, once through their insurance and then out of pocket for the forms to which their employer objects. It is not a “non issue,” as Ms. Levy contends. The cost of contraception can easily be out of reach for working families. Some of the forms Hobby Lobby is refusing to cover can cost as much as a month’s wages. Thus, Mr. Debicella’s statement, “The way you fix that is by any woman being able to buy contraception over the counter,” is irrelevant.

Ms. Levy states, “Dan Debicella supports every woman’s right to contraception,” In his column, Mr. Goldrick demonstrated unequivocally he does not.

For example, he was one of only three state senators to vote against a bill that required all Connecticut hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Actions speak louder than words. Readily available contraception prevents abortions and unwanted births. Availability of certain forms of contraception to rape victims is humane.

As Jim Himes stated “A woman’s health decision should be up to her and her doctor, not her boss.”

Let’s put it back there.


Elaine Buss

The author is a member of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and a donor to the Republican Majority for Choice.

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