Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Talks Hobby Lobby Decisions With Katie Couric
Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I’m mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she’s got a lot to say about last month’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby.
The chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians, along with other several other businesses owned by religious folks, objected to the requirement it must cover some forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The ACA does make exemptions for religious employers, such as churches, but for-profit businesses that are merely owned by religious folks were not exempt. In the Court’s decision last month, they ruled 5 to 4 that Hobby Lobby indeed had a case under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prevented laws that burden how someone (apparently now a company is a “someone”) can exercise free speech.
In their dissent, the three women justices were joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, a liberal; Ginsberg did not hold back her opinion that all the other men on the court had a “blind spot,” as Couric put it, regarding women’s reproductive rights. “But justices continue to think and can change,” Ginsberg said. “They have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”
You can watch many more clips of Couric’s interview with Justice Ginsberg at the link!