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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 04.01.14
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

Remember the old coat hanger days

I had a comment for Justice Kennedy on the Hobby Lobby vs the United States case. To my surprise when I went on the Supreme Court website, there was no way to send an e-mail to Justice Kennedy. After roaming around the website it appeared that I had two choices: Public Information Office or Webmaster. And I could call the "Public Information Office at the following number: 202-479-3211, Reporters press 1".

Not satisfactory. My note to Justice Kennedy, rephrased for all nine justices, is as follows:

Dear Justices,

During the recent oral arguments in the case concerning the Hobby Lobby's "religious freedom," Justice Kennedy raised his concern to Solicitor General Verrilli that the government's reasoning would mean that there was little that employers could object to funding, presumably under the ACA (the Washington Post was not clear on this point).

Justice Kennedy went on to point out that under Mr. Verrilli's view a corporation "could be forced in principle to pay for abortions." Verrilli, off the point, said that there are laws against that.

The answer should be that if a woman and her doctor come to the conclusion that an abortion is the appropriate medical procedure for this woman, then her health insurance should pay for the abortion no matter who pays for the insurance.

According to the Supreme Court, abortions are legal in the United States and they should be available, safe, and infrequent. Both Justice Kennedy and I are old enough to remember when the only option was a coat hanger.

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