Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Women — March 25, 2014 at 8:14 am

VIDEO: Lizz Winstead — with puppets! — on why bosses should stay out of our bedrooms


What’s at stake in the Hobby Lobby case and others is serious. But a little humor never hurt anybody.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius — on March 25. These cases, which challenge the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, will determine whether the CEOs of corporations like theirs can dictate their employees’ healthcare decisions.

I wrote an explainer on the Hobby Lobby case. But if you didn’t have time to read it, here’s a great way to understand exactly what the case — and others like it — are really all about.

Heck, even if you did read it, there’s nothing quite like Lizz Winstead telling it like it is … with PUPPETS, no less.

UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, created the video featuring “The Daily Show” co-creator Winstead as a puppet navigating the complexities of an intrusive conservative boss and Judge trying to take away her birth control and invade her bedroom.

“The fact that conservatives and the Supreme Court could take away women’s rights to birth control is disturbing and every woman in America should know what’s happening at the court,” Winstead said. “That’s why I teamed up with UltraViolet to make this video. The video is cute, what the Supreme Court may do is anything but.”

“Birth control is wildly popular and a critical part of women’s health care for tens of millions of Americans. Across the country, women are sick of conservative efforts to cut off our access,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “We hope the Supreme Court rejects this right wing attempt to allow bosses into our bedrooms, but if they don’t, women will remember who caused this mess.”

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You can also sign a petition being circulated by Sister Donna Quinn of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) — yes, nuns. Their coalition of more than 2,000 Roman Catholic sisters has endorsed providing birth control through the Affordable Care Act. Because of their faith, they believe “that women should not be singled out by any organization or group through its refusal to insure a woman’s reproductive needs.”

Learn more and sign the petition here.

[Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.]