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Protestors at East Haven's Hobby Lobby

About a dozen people protested the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Protestors at East Haven's Hobby Lobby
A dozen protestors protested at the Hobby Lobby in East Haven on Saturday. 
They were protesting the United States Supreme Court ruling that allows companies not to have to provide contraception as part of their insurance coverage if it goes against their religious beliefs, the New Haven Register reports. 
Protestors argued it's an attack on women's rights, and that it goes against equality for men and women. 
Read the full New Haven Register story here, which includes photos and videos. 

Here is what protestors said before the rally Saturday in a press release to East Haven Patch. 

"Activists and community members outraged by the Burwell v. Hobby Lobbydecision will rally at 10:00 AM outside the East Haven Hobby Lobby at 68 Frontage Rd. to oppose the decision and its implications and demand reproductive health care for all women and workers.

The Connecticut action is part of a series of nationwide Hobby Lobby actions this week. Across the country, women’s and reproductive rights organizations like WORD, NOW and Planned Parenthood are coming out to voice their opposition to the ruling. Over the past several days, the ruling has become a spark for millions of conversations and multiple articles about the religious right’s assault on women’s rights.

The ruling presents a threat not only because of its immediate impact on the 16,000+ Hobby Lobby employees. It sets a dangerous precedent for other business owners to allow for more forms of discrimination based on “closely held” beliefs. Business owners can refuse to hire or offer protections and benefits to people based on sex, race, nationality, orientation or gender identity. In fact, immediately following the ruling, a group of religious groups demanded exemption from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ people.

In a statement, WORD says: “The Supreme Court did not grant reproductive rights as a gift in 1973. They were conceded as a response to a mass movement of women in the streets who would not back down.” The full statement from WORD is available online at:  http://www.defendwomensrights.org/news/hobby-lobby-actions.html

The Hobby Lobby ruling is yet another manifestation of the move of the right wing to undermine and erode crucial rights won by women. Similarly to the defunding of women’s health clinics earlier this year and the very recent removal of buffer zones around clinics (permitting anti-abortion activists to endanger women entering the clinics), this ruling has serious implications and demands public retaliation."

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