Target: Judge Jerry Smith
Goal: Thank judge for ruling against religious employers who wanted to deny female employees access to birth control.
Judge Jerry Smith has a history of ruling in ways that many liberals would disagree with. He continually votes against the right to abortion and allegedly made unkind remarks about feminists. However, Jerry Smith seemed to put his partisan views aside when he defended women’s rights to birth control even when their employer objects to it because of religious views.
Several lawsuits in federal courts based on employers’ objecting to providing birth control coverage to their employees prompted Smith to issue his opinion on the controversial topic. According to thinkprogress.org, employers are entitled to an accommodation exempting them from federal regulation that enforces a woman’s right to get birth control coverage through her employer by filling out a form that essentially informs the government of their objection along with the health care plan that employees are under. The government will then provide employees with a separate health care plan that covers birth control. Some employers feel that by filling out this form they are facilitating the employee in getting access to birth control and so they reject the form on religious grounds as well. If the court decides in favor of the plaintiff (the employer) it could make it even harder for women to get birth control coverage. Smith is quick to disregard the idea that “fill-out-a-form accommodation burdens religious liberty.” Referring to the employers who object to filling out the form, Smith writes that “the plaintiffs must show that the challenged regulations substantially burden their religious exercise, but they have not done so.”
Smith recognized that employers who object to filling out a form to get their employees birth control coverage could not do so on religious grounds. Thank Smith for his unbiased evaluation that defends women’s rights to birth control coverage that sends a message of solidarity to women across the United States.
Dear Judge Jerry Smith,
I am writing this letter to you to thank you for writing a piece that defends women’s rights to obtain health care coverage extending to birth control. In a time where it seems as if conservative politicians and judges do not uphold the rights of women, it is refreshing to see that partisan views do not always stand in the way of protecting women’s rights.
Protecting a woman’s right to birth control privilege is extremely important. It gives women the option to decide for themselves when and if they want to start a family, all while being able to balance a career or attend university. Thank you for supporting the decision that women need to be in charge of their own bodies rather than their employers.
[Your Name Here]
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