Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a lengthy, 35-page dissent in a controversial Supreme Court case released on Monday.

Ginsburg graduated from Cornell with a BA in government on June 23, 1954. She’s originally from NYC.

Her dissent criticized the Supreme Court’s majority for ruling that companies’ health plans can refuse to provide contraception religious reasons.

The Huffington Post reported on Monday:

The Supreme Court delivered a blow to universal birth control coverage on Monday, ruling that closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the five conservatives on the court, delivering a scathing, 35-page dissent and defense of mandatory contraception coverage.

“In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” Ginsburg wrote.

A sharply divided court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell that the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires for-profit companies to cover contraception in their health plans imposes a substantial burden on their ability to exercise religious freedom. The Greens, a Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, and the Hahns, a Mennonite family that owns Conestoga Wood Specialties, believe that certain kinds of birth control are akin to abortion.

The five conservative-leaning justices on the court sided with the religious companies and ruled that the government has to exempt them and other closely held corporations from having to include birth control coverage in their plans. The three remaining liberal-leaning justices, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, partially joined Ginsburg in her dissent.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.