War On Women

Orrin Hatch Will Personally Amend The Constitution. Or Something.

If purveyor of Chinese-made goods Hobby Lobby isn’t allowed to discriminate against their female employees, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will personally cross the Red Sea.

Hatch clearly sides with Hobby Lobby, telling the crowd, “I hope the Supreme Court doesn’t screw that up is all I can say … Because if they foul up the First Amendment again, we are going to have a constitutional amendment. And I believe I can put one on that everybody in this country, except the nuts, will support. [...]

“So many have died that you and I can freely vote and assert our feelings about what to do about our country,” he said.

He’s right. So many have died so that Hobby Lobby can avoid offering health insurance plans that cover the cost of contraception. That’s what your forefathers fought and died for, isn’t it?

Never mind that Hobby Lobby doesn’t actually write a check to cover the cost of contraception. The insurance company covers the cost.

And never mind that employees can already use money they earn on the job to buy anything they want, including birth control; maybe even fertility treatments, sex toys, condoms, recreational drugs, or boner pills. They could even choose to purchase their own insurance that covers contraception. The amount of possible sins is already endless.

Wait, what’s that you say? Hobby Lobby insurance plans cover Viagra? Without controversy?

If the idea of a shitty craft store being forced to offer insurance plans that cover contraception makes you feel like we need a constitutional amendment, I don’t believe I live on the same planet as you.

To be clear, what Hatch is proposing is a constitutional amendment that would effectively codify the unequal treatment of men and women.

The sad thing is, the Supreme Court may beat him to the punch. It remains to be seen.

Constitutional Originalism must have been a brief fad.

  • Churchlady320

    Since every mainline Protestant denomination, Muslims, Jews, and even many evangelicals embrace birth control and family planning as a moral good, any such presumption that Hobby Lobby trumps our personal choices WILL touch off a major backlash. Beware of your constituents, all you slavering sycophants of corporate personalization and “religious values”. Businesses don’t vote. People do.

  • nathkatun7

    I thought the media told us that Orin Hatch was one of the sane and and reasonable Republicans? He sounds worse than some of the extremist teabag-Republicans.

  • trgahan

    “Constitutional Originalism must have been a brief fad.”

    If you are referring to Constitutional Originalism as defined by their actions as “Only in cases when it benefits specific members of our tribe, if it is used to benefit anyone at the expense of specific members of our tribe that’s tyranny and it needs amended!!!” then no…it’s stronger than ever.

    Same deal with when they use the term: Free Market Capitalism

  • DetroitSam

    Is Hatch still alive? How is it possible this old fool is still taking up space the would be best used a sane person?

    • Nefercat

      There are so many spaces in the Congress/Senate that could be better used by sane people.

  • Nefercat

    “Because if they foul up the First Amendment again…”

    Hmm. I just realized that the recent screeching about the First Amendment (see Cruz, Ted also) may be an attempt to put Democrats (and sane people in general) on the defensive.

    As soon as we start wasting time trying to reassure the loons that no sirree, we would never tamper with the sacred Bill of Rights, the bastards will have succeeded.

    It will become an accepted “fact” that we are indeed trying to dismantle the First Amendment no matter what we say otherwise.

    We will be told we can’t complain about the Second Amendment while trying to dismantle the First Amendment.

    While we fruitlessly waste time trying to convince people that can’t be convinced that we are doing no such thing, they will have managed to shut down all discussion regarding the Second Amendment.*

    *Which does not need to be changed, just read in its entirety. But the media seems to accept the hare-brained narrative that the Second Amendment states that anybody is allowed to do anything, to anybody, at any time, under any circumstances, without any responsibilities whatsoever as long as they do it with a firearm.

  • Da Dorq

    So, we can amend the Constitution to limit the rights of women, but not the rights of gun owners. Gotcha!

    • Churchlady320

      I think this impacts men, too. They’re in favor of birth control as well. This has a great chance of alienating EVERYONE who is not a fundamentalist.

  • muselet

    I believe Orrin Hatch has misidentified “the nuts.”


    • captkurt

      My thoughts exactly! I was thinking, something that ‘everyone in this country, EXCEPT the nuts, will support’ will alienate a significant portion of the Republican base.