There was a story out this week that almost made my head explode. Just when you think you’ve seen every type of attack on birth control, the Religious Right hits an even deeper low.
In Tampa, a nurse-midwife is suing Planned Parenthood because they refuse to hire her, for the flimsy reason that she refuses to prescribe birth control pills, due to religious reasons. The Christian right organization Alliance Defending Freedom is representing her.
I see two possible scenarios at play here. Either this woman is deluded into thinking she can strong-arm a business into hiring her, despite her unwillingness to do the job (unlikely), or this is yet another route from the Religious Right to put Planned Parenthood out of business (yep, that’s the one).
I mean, they’ve stripped them of funding, they’ve forced them to read from scientifically unsound scripts, they’ve legislated one onerous requirement after another that no other outfit has to meet, and cleared the way for patients to be hounded and harassed on the way in the door, all under the guise of “protecting” women.
Since they’ve been unable to directly overturn at Roe v Wade, they’re doing the next best thing: making obtaining reproductive services so expensive and inconvenient, they accomplish their goals in practice, rather than theory.
I’ll be interested to see how this plays out in the courts. To me, common sense says it gets dismissed out of hand. How can one not see the ramifications here, if a business can’t establish job requirements and hire to fill them?
What happens next? Can a vegetarian sue a butcher shop or deli for not hiring her, because she refuses to sell meat? Can a Christian Scientist sue a pharmacy for not hiring him, because he refuses to fill prescriptions since doesn’t believe in medicine? Can a Southern Baptist sue a casino for not hiring him because he refuses to deal any cards due to being against gambling?
I’m all for equality in hiring, but the bottom line is that the applicant has to be willing and able to do the job. No can do? No get job. Period.