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Hobby Lobby ruling an affront to women's rights [Letter]

Your editorial on the Hobby Lobby ruling is correct in saying that by limiting full access to contraceptives, the Supreme Court's decision likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies and the social harms they cause ("Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30).

Furthermore, The Sun accurately stated that companies would now be able to argue other matters on the basis of "religious freedom," at the expense of freedoms the Constitution originally granted to individuals.

Yet The Sun failed to articulate the most central — and most worrying — aspect of the Hobby Lobby decision: Its affront to women's rights.

At its core, this decision removes women's control over their bodies, and therefore, their lives. Focusing on the public health outcomes of the case ignores the hard fact that the U.S. is backtracking on gender equality, while simultaneously awarding expanding power to corporations.

Indeed, corporations are dangerously close to having more rights than women. In Hobby Lobby's case, the company now has the authority — cloaked as constitutional liberty — over a choice that should not be its concern.

But the trouble really started with the Citizens United ruling in 2010. What we need is a constitutional amendment that clearly states that corporations are not people and are not entitled to the constitutional rights individuals enjoy.

At the very least, women would have one fewer opponent in their struggle for equality.

Maggie Tennis, Baltimore

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