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Boehner's tweet admitting Supreme Court's Birth Control ruling was not based on Constitutional law
John A. Boehner
Speaker of the House
Congress of the United States
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Boehner,

In your tweet (above) you admit that the US Supreme Court's Birth Control ruling was not based on Constitutional law but rather, the majority of old men on the Court relied solely on their personal, conservative interpretation of a 1993 federal law.  And it seems Rush Limpballs -- err ... Limbaugh agrees with you:

RUSH: "This is not a constitutional law case.  The Hobby Lobby ruling involves statutory law, and it was a law"
Nice to know that even orange-colored drunkards and hatemongers on radio acknowledge that SCOTUS' birth control ruling was not founded on Constitutional law.  

Shorter: nice to know that you & conservative hatemongers acknowledge the US Constitution does not support the SCOTUS anti-birth control ruling.

By the way, I also want to thank you, John Boehner, for admitting that the Republican party is the party of Anti-Birth Control.  I could not care less what your personal, out-dated vision of birth control is, however, I think it is very important that you are letting all women and men know that the GOP are against women's use of, and men's reliance on, birth control.

That said, I do have a few questions for you:

1) Why do make time to tweet all day but make no time to pass immigration reform?

2) Does the fact that you tweet all day have anything to do with your inability to figure out why you're suing President Obama?

(By the way, Boehner, did you know that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was an Executive Order.)

3) Can you explain why you & the GOP demonize the children who recently came to America seeking refuge but you & the GOP supported the Iraq war that caused over 4 million Iraqis to become refugees in other countries around the world?

Oh, and finally,

4) Do you yet understand the term: GOP War on Women?  
(see GOP's anti-birth control stance before answering.)

Respectfully submitted,
Woman against ==> Anti-Birth Control GOP

Short list of GOP anti-birth control stance:

Mike Huckabee thinks women cannot "control their libido" & force helpless men to have sex:

MIKE HUCKABEE (R) "..if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it ..."
Rick Santorum describes the "dangers" of contraception"
RICK SANTORUM (R):"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country ... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
Rick Santorum also said, in 2005, that Griswold v. Connecticut was wrongly because, Santorum believes, the state government has the right to regulate the use of birth control even among married couples ... married couples!
SANTORUM: “The state has a right to do that [ban birth control for married couples], I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.  That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating rights, and they should be left up to the people to decide."
Pat Buchanan highlights GOP Anti-Birth Control position:
PAT BUCHANAN (R) "Artificial birth control is unnatural and immoral."
Mitt Romney shows us that not only is GOP anti-birth control they're anti-Planned Parenthood:
MITT ROMNEY (R): "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."
Republican Alaska State Senator Pete Kelly implies birth control is for loose women:
PETE KELLY (R): “Birth control is for people who don’t necessary want to act responsibly.”
Republican New Hampshire state lawmaker Jeanine Notter said Birth Control Causes Prostate Cancer in men ... men!
REP NOTTER (R): “As a man, would it interest you to know that Dr. Brownstein just published an article that links the pill to prostate cancer?  Women take the pill and it’s in their bodies — I’m very anti-chemical — and the men pick it up,”
Most recently, Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy co-sponsored "Abstinence Only" Legislation only to realize, first hand, that teaching abstinence only does not prevent his teen pregnancy when he chose to announce his 17 year old daughter got pregnant out of wedlock.
H.R.718 -- Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013

(a), sexual risk avoidance education shall meet each of the following:
(4) The context for all sexual health education shall be teaching the skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth.

(5) The education shall include, consistent with paragraphs (1) through (4), teaching of each of the following:

(A) ... refraining from nonmarital sexual activity...

Co-Sponsor Rep. Bill Cassidy - H.R.718 Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013
(emphasis added)

Foster Fries ... well ... he's just a rightwinged nutjob, like the rest:
FOSTER FRIES (R):  “Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception.  The gals put it between their knees.”
And let's not forget the Republican Personhood Pledge that would ban the most commonly-used forms of contraception such as the Pill and IUDs and stem cell research.
Excerpts from: Republican Personhood Pledge

I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise. I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.

I oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and procedures that intentionally destroy developing human beings.

I pledge to the American people that I will defend all innocent human life. Abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.

If elected President, I will work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.

(emphasis added)

Not only are the GOP the anti-birth control party, they're also complete wack jobs.
John Boehner's 2014 election year political stunt.
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  •  Rachel is right (7+ / 0-)

    Boner is terrible at his job.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:02:15 AM PDT

  •  I'm pretty sure he doesn't drink Jameson. I (4+ / 0-)
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    AJayne, myboo, TeamSarah4Choice, mungley

    suspect he is supplied with expensive single malt.  That's what I would drink if lobbyists were paying for it.

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: and

    by cany on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:13:01 AM PDT

  •  From 13-50 women need to be celibate or (6+ / 0-)

    willing to be pregnant, please everyone, THIS is what they really mean and this is how to frame it.

    Ask men if they want either 12 kids to support or way less to no, sex?

    once people see how stupid that is, they will "get" that birth control is just sane

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:14:12 AM PDT

    •  Hobby Lobby is in your sheets. (2+ / 0-)
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      TeamSarah4Choice, mungley

      Child forgotten in car? -- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

      by 88kathy on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:23:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Most people already "get" it (3+ / 0-)
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      myboo, TeamSarah4Choice, mungley

      For some reason politicians feel a need to pander to the few that don't.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:45:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Not so "few" as most of the other side (2+ / 0-)
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        TeamSarah4Choice, mungley

        called women sluts for needing to control our libidos, and most ALL the elected GOP feels this way

        "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

        by merrywidow on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:50:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes, "few" (0+ / 0-)

          Most women, at least, "get" it.

          More than 99% of women aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.
          Eighty-three percent of black women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy currently use a contraceptive method, compared with 91% of their Hispanic and white peers, and 90% of Asian women.
          Contraceptive use is common among women of all religious denominations. Eighty-nine percent of at-risk Catholics and 90% of at-risk Protestants currently use a contraceptive method. Among sexually experienced religious women, 99% of Catholics and Protestants have ever used some form of contraception.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:19:31 AM PDT

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    •  People get it; the Rs aren't people; they don't (1+ / 0-)
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      get anything. They just have to satisfy their need for power & control.

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:35:43 AM PDT

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  •  I'm Not Always Drunk. (3+ / 0-)
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    But when I am, the sun has either risen or set.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:15:23 AM PDT

    •  It's not the Tea Party, it's the J.D. party! (0+ / 0-)

      Jack Daniels.  The hard sauce.

      It's not just for breakfast anymore.

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      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
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      by polecat on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:42:38 AM PDT

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  •  TeamSarah - I don't think there was ever any (5+ / 0-)

    debate, by anyone, that the Hobby Lobby case was anything other than an interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    Why is having the Speaker confirm that a big deal?

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:18:32 AM PDT

    •  Not that he's confimring it, as he supports it. (4+ / 0-)

      And let's be clear. Hobby Lobby wasn't personally handing out birth control pills to their female employees along with their paychecks, Hobby Lobby said "If you go to your private physician and the two of you decide that this is the best method of birth control for you WE have the right to step in and deny that due to our (scientifically inaccurate) religious beliefs."

      "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

      by Annie B on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:09:08 AM PDT

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    •  vclib, you are wrong (3+ / 0-)
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      there was, and still is, a debate from many rightwinged nutjobs that SCOTUS' birth control ruling was based off of Constitutional law.

      In fact, John Boehner is one of those people who said Hobby Lobby ruling was based off of Constitutional law.

      BOEHNER “Today’s decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its big-government objectives,

      John Boehner said following the 5-4 Supreme Court decision

      Then John Boehner said this:
      BOEHNER “The mandate overturned today would have required for-profit companies to choose between violating their constitutionally protected faith or paying crippling fines, which would have forced them to lay off employees or close their doors,”
      Reince Prebius said
      PREBIUS: The #HobbyLobby decision protects religious freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. We're grateful #SCOTUS ruled on the side of liberty.
      Read this diary: Republicans applaud Hobby Lobby decision, Democrats plan legislative response
      •  Well, it was my fault (0+ / 0-)

        I read the submissions to the Court by the parties to the case and the opinion all of whom made it very clear it was not a constitutional case. But it has caused confusion to many, one would have hoped that the Speaker would have been better briefed.  

        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 05:15:47 PM PDT

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    •  because of comments like this? (2+ / 0-)
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      Speaker John Boehner        ✔ @SpeakerBoehner

      #HobbyLobby decision is another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines →
      8:08 AM - 30 Jun 2014

      The Speaker originally tried to blur the lines between the Constitution and the law in question.
      Rick Santorum        ✔ @RickSantorum

      SCOTUS restored a vital piece our Constitution today. It’s a great day for all Americans! #HobbyLobby #ReligiousFreedom
      7:58 AM - 30 Jun 2014

      "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

      by mungley on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:32:07 AM PDT

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    •  Many on all sides of the issue were mis-uniformed (2+ / 0-)
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      or just guessed about the basis of arguments for the litigants and opinions of SCOTUS.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:35:43 AM PDT

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  •  between the knees doesn't work! (1+ / 0-)
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    “Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception.  The gals put it between their knees.”

    Years ago when this line first came out, I was joking about it with a female friend. She laughed, grabbed the aspirin, put it between her knees, turned around and bent over. Made it quite clear that an aspirin between the knees wouldn't stop anything.  

    The point being that the repubs continue to believe in things that don't work and disparage those things that do. How anyone can take anything they say seriously at this point is beyond me.

    The power of willful ignorance cannot be overstated. (Marketing dictum)

    by NWGuy on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:35:47 PM PDT

  •  Isn't this the dreaded "judicial activism"? My ... (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't this the dreaded "judicial activism"? My understanding is that the RFRA was written to apply to people and the supreme court "legislated from the bench" by expanding this law to cover closely held corporations. Or is it that it still only applies to people but know corporations are people with religious freedom?

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