Sandra Fluke, whose campaign for free contraception elevated her to national prominence while she was still a law student at Georgetown University, denounced to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case: “A woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions,” Fluke stated on Twitter.
— Sandra Fluke (@SandraFluke) June 30, 2014
Fluke seems to have misunderstood–or miconstrued–the case. Hobby Lobby sued precisely because it did not want to have a say in, or be forced to pay for, the private contraceptive decisions of its employees. The company, which is run according to the owners’ religious principles, objected to contraceptives that act as abortifacients.
Similarly, CNN’s asked Hobby Lobby’s attorney, Lori Windham, why she wanted to “bring the employer into what should be a very private decision-making process between a woman and her doctor.” Windham’s response: “Hobby Lobby would love to stay out of this, and leave this decision to a woman and her doctor.”
Fluke had earlier said a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would be “a potential catastrophe for women’s rights,” adding: “Corporations are not people. Corporations cannot have religious views.” Fluke recently placed second in the primary for California’s 26th State Senate district, and will face fellow Democrat Ben Allen in the fall.