Sen. Patty Murray is pushing a bill to overturn Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by repealing part of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which Murray voted for in 1993, by the way). Among the various slogans she is using, there is the plaintive cry that “five male justices” have deprived women of their rights.
Evidently, Murray – along with her numerous cohorts – feels that male jurists are not qualified to make legal decisions affecting women vis-à-vis birth control. And yet, one has to wonder: What about the seven male justices who decided Roe v. Wade? Or for that matter, the seven males who decided Eisenstadt v. Baird? Or the six males who decided Griswold v. Connecticut?
As a male who happens to believe in equal rights, I find Murray’s messaging to be repugnant, historically ignorant, contemptuous of the law and unbefitting a U.S. senator.