Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the male justices on the Supreme Court couldn’t truly understand the Hobby Lobby case because they aren’t women. That comment is insulting and condescending on its face. But if you apply a little common sense to it you can see just how bizarre this point of view actually is.
It is a basic principle of this country that we all have equal rights to life, liberty and property. The issues surrounding this mandate that employers cover all forms of contraception boil down to basic questions about our rights to liberty and property. What is it exactly that Ginsburg doesn’t think male justices can understand about the rights, liberty and property that we all share equally?
Ginsburg’s comment proves that she, like so many other Americans, has a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of our rights. Our rights are a sacred part of our humanity and we should never allow them to be violated by government or anyone else. When your rights are violated you are being treated as something less than human.
But just as you should never allow your rights to be violated, you never have the right to violate the rights of another person. As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, that is the ultimate problem with this new-found “right” to employer-provided birth control: