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Casey voted wisely

I was astonished at the severe editorial (“Senator’s vote overturns Gov. Casey’s pro-life legacy”, July 21) directed at U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. The writer concludes the senator’s vote regarding Hobby Lobby was pro-abortion. As the last paragraph states, the senator maintains that he opposes abortion.
The Supreme Court, composed of six Roman Catholics, no Protestants and three Jews ruled that “small, privately owned companies” (i.e. Hobby Lobby with 16,000 employees) can opt out of paying for certain hormone therapies, which all are for female gynecological and obstetrical problems. I am amazed that the justices, who are not graduates of any medical school, can base their conclusions on their personal religious and political beliefs.
I am not a constitutional scholar. All my life, I have been told our Constitution separates church and state. Apparently the Supreme Court votes differently. The justices — and I use that term loosely — definitely vote for corporate rights over those of the individual. When the Declaration of Independence states all people have the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it left out the words: for white males.
On C-SPAN this week, a young woman representing Hobby Lobby took the following question: Why does Hobby Lobby allow its pension funds to invest in the very pharmaceutical companies that make the medications Hobby Lobby is against? Her answer was that Hobby Lobby allows its employees to handle their own investments in their pension funds.
I ask why employees can pick their own investments and not their own prescription drugs?
The senator was not voting his personal religious belief. He was voting against corporate America making decisions for personal issues relating to women’s health as given to the individual.
This reminds me of the uproar when the Roman Catholic John F. Kennedy ran for president. The fear was that the Vatican would make his decisions.
We are fortunate that Sen. Casey voted to uphold the Constitution, which he swore to do versus his own personal belief.

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Louise D. Tanner
Butler Township
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