Candidate Headrick Critical Of Hobby Lobby Decision

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Third District Democratic Congressional candidate Dr. Mary Headrick was critical of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.

She said, "Yesterday a deeply divided Supreme Court decided in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.  The 5-4 decision on ideological lines was met with instant backlash because the ruling creates a gateway to further religious-based challenges that limit individual decisions and rights.

 "I want to  clearly express my disgust with the ruling. The extremist war on women has now escalated to the most personal health decision a woman can make, taking away a benefit, birth control, that she worked for and earned by her labor. It appears that religious freedom for corporations is now legally allowed to suppress individual workers' rights and their religious freedom.

"The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that corporations may deny birth control benefits to women employees. Workers earn their job benefits, including health insurance. This decision is the same thing as your employer withholding part of your earned paycheck.  Hobby Lobby owners wish to  interfere with the freedom to decide when to begin parenthood, when to enlarge a family and when to stop enlarging a family.  For the minimum wage young women employed by Hobby Lobby, the personal expense of birth control will remain a barrier to responsibly planning their pregnancies and family size.

"I support Justice Ginsberg's assertion that this decision will allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find incompatible with 'their sincerely held religious beliefs'. It is time for every person to vote against corporate religious oppression and for freedom for the American workers who deserve good health insurance." 


Anturaum Dickey, 36, Arrested For Federal Warrants In Cleveland

Anturaum Montazz Dickey, 36, of Cleveland was taken into custody on federal warrants at a Blount Avenue residence by members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Team, backed up by deputies from BCSO, on a tip provided by members of the United States Marshal’s Service.   An additional charge has been filed on Dickey for possessing a Serbian AK-47 style rifle, ... (click for more)

Local Religious Group Condemns Hammond Comments, Asks Apology

A local religious group, Mercy Junction and Peace Center, has condemned comments by Sheriff Jim Hammond on Muslims and asked for an apology. The group said, " People of all faiths, or of no faith, are invited to join Mercy Junction in front of the Islamic Society of Chattanooga for prayers on Friday afternoon. "Prayers In Solidarity" will take place outside the Islamic ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)

East Ridge Football: Home Side Stands Are Closed ... Four Home Games Will Be Played on Campus

The home side football stands and press box at East Ridge High School are closed permanently due to safety issues, but for the 66 teenagers who wear the orange, white and gray for the Pioneers on Friday nights it’s a small distraction and the season continues. “Playing this Friday’s game against Signal Mountain at Baylor (7:30 p.m.) is a small distraction for us, but we know ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Sweeps Red Bank In Volleyball

Signal Mountain coach Jennifer Redman was not a very happy young lady last week when Notre Dame came up and took a 3-1 volleyball win in the Lady Eagles' gym. She knows she has an experienced team with more than her share of talent, but they just hadn't been playing like it to start the season. The veteran coach was somewhat happier Wednesday night after her team took a non-district ... (click for more)