In 2014 still not Independence Day for women

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In 2014 still not Independence Day for women

This month we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the "Star Spangled Banner" or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776; or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air." All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale to show us, and the world, our mettle since 9/11. All this as our American troops continue to soldier on.

But America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court —both highlighting a "war against women."

The first salvo was the decision rendered in the "McCullen v. Coakley” case.

The Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that a 35-feet fixed abortion buffer zone violates protestors’ First Amendment Right of free speech. But Massachusetts' 2007 abortion buffer zone law was simply to protect the reproductive rights of women headed toward clinics without the interference, intimidation, false medical counseling, judgment, violence or physical confrontation from zealous and self-righteous pro-lifers known as "street counselors."

“The hypocrisy, mean-spiritedness and insult to women exhibited by the U.S. Supreme Court are what we would have expected during Reagan’s tenure.  I woke up with nightmares of being back in front of the reproductive health care clinics to literally keep them open by putting our bodies/lives on the line.” stated, Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications at Jane Doe Inc.

The even bigger shocker for us women advocates like Troop was the position the women on the Court took.  Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer, and Ginsburg voted down the law along with their six brethren, with Ginsburg stating - what would have been best served as a dissenting vote than voice -that one  “doesn’t know in advance who are the well-behaved people and who are the people who won’t behave well."

The second blow was the decision rendered in the "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc." case.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that family-owned corporations citing religious objection could now opt out of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act requiring employers to cover certain contraceptives for women.

These two Supreme Court decisions are game-changers in the worst way, harkening back to antiquated laws and