Get The Pavlovic Today’s top stories and best reads.
This week, the Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to refuse no-cost birth control under employer-based healthcare coverage. Ava DeSantis writes why the feminist fight for bodily autonomy means feminists should be anti-capitalists.
When President Trump became the 45th President of the United States, his Department of Health and Human services changed Obama-era policy to allow publicly-traded companies to opt-out of providing no-cost birth control to women, if employers cite religious or moral objections to contraception. Courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania blocked the changes, calling them unconstitutional.
This week, the court overruled the lower court blocks by a vote of 7-2, with Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor dissenting. Estimates conclude that these changes will deprive between 70,000 and 126,000 women of birth control coverage in the next year.
In a Harper’s Bazaar op-ed, Ilyse Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, wrote “though the outcome we saw in the birth control case is deeply disturbing, it goes beyond the clear threat to reproductive freedom that it represents. It’s also the alarming advancement of the radical Right’s quest to maintain a rigid social order in our society…” In the article, Hogue explained how restricting the bodily autonomy of women puts women in a lower social order, particularly women of color.
Your boss should never control your body
This most recent Supreme Court decision seems particularly heinous to advocates of bodily autonomy, myself included, because it discriminates against women, non-binary, and transgender individuals who use birth control for a variety of reasons. It also includes a religious element as a justification for this discrimination. Your boss controls your body; and if you have a problem with that, you should be an anti-capitalist.
On healthcare, employer-based healthcare coverage allowed employers to shift the cost of healthcare coverage to employees, who have no other affordable option for healthcare. The proportion of workers with high-deductible health plans increased from 6% to 22% between 2006 and 2018. High-deductible health plans have deductibles of more than $1,300/$2,600 for an individual family. These high-deductibles can force employees to waive their healthcare coverage, or cut corners in other aspects of their personal finances.
Then, there is the most obvious loss of bodily autonomy to your employer: your work day. It is a simple idea; when you are at work, your time is not your own.
Your employer, before this Court decision, was also already guilty of the element of control Hogue identifies with the decision to deny no-cost birth control to women: creating a rigid social order. Through your wages, or salary, your employer decides where you can afford to live, what you can afford to eat, and if you can afford vacations or to send your children to college.
The Supreme Court this week continued its pattern of denying women bodily autonomy. If you are angry, as you should be, it may be time to make a bigger commitment to bodily autonomy and become an anti-capitalist.
more from the pavlovic today
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrived at 9:18 am at the White House were they were greeted by Joe and Jill Biden. This is the first state visit of Biden’s presidency. Macron was also the first state visit of the Trump presidency. And according to Carlos Elizondo, the White House social secretary,…Keep reading
The Pavlovic Today has obtained the list of presents French President Macron is brining to Joe and Jill Biden. Gifts for Joe Biden Gifts for Jill Biden Gifts for VP Kamala HarrisKeep reading
Today President Biden and Jill Biden will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron for a state visit. This will be the first state visit of Biden’s presidency. The President has a packed schedule. It includes an arrival ceremony, bilateral meeting, joint press conference, and state dinner. This will be President Macron’s second…Keep reading
On Tuesday evening, about 120 Conservative MPs flocked into No 10 to watch the England v Wales game. Inside, the flags of England and Wales were displayed on either side of the giant TV. Snacks and drinks were served. MPs stood and joined in singing the national anthem before the game. MPs representing English and…Keep reading
EST 9:00 AM President Biden receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:05 AM President Biden departs the White House en route the White House Tribal Nations Summit11:30 AM President Biden delivers remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Summit12:15 PM President Biden departs the White House Tribal Nations Summit en route the White House 12:20 PM President Biden arrives at the White House 5:30 PM The First…Keep reading
On Tuesday, Congressional leaders of both parties spoke to reporters outside the West Wing following their meeting with President Biden. Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi were the first ones to address the press . “All four of us agreed we’ve got to resolve this rail shutdown as quickly as possible,” Schumer said. “I don’t like…Keep reading