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Chase Refuses To Process Payments For Condoms

by Jean Ann Esselink on March 27, 2014

in Actions,Health,Healthcare,Jean Ann Esselink,News,War on Women

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Yesterday, the news shows were filled with predictions on how the Supreme Court would resolve the “Hobby Lobby” case, which revolves around whether a private company can refuse to offer contraception coverage in the health insurance policies it provides for its employees.  I sincerely hope the justices hear about what an affiliate of JP Moran Chase just did before they rule.

Chase Paymentech, the payment processing service offered by JPMorgan Chase, has refused to process payments for Lovability, a condom company, because they consider the action a “reputational risk”.

Loveability Inc., which Facebook classifies as a “health and beauty” company, was founded by mother-daughter team Pam and Tiffany Gaines “to empower women to take responsibility for their sexual health.”

Lovability’s mission, according to its website:

Lovability Inc. brings you beautifully packaged condoms with one goal in mind: to de-stigmatize women’s relationship with condoms by helping women celebrate the empowerment that comes from being prepared…

By overhauling the traditional packaging, messaging, and distribution model of condoms, we’ve created the first condom brand intended to fit seamlessly into a woman’s lifestyle so that she feels more comfortable acquiring, carrying, and providing the condoms.

Why? We were shocked and upset when we realized that 1 in 4 women in the United States suffer from an STD.

Daily Kos reports that Pam and Tiffany were notified this week that Chase considered them an “adult oriented product” and would not process customer payments, lest their reputation suffer from the association. It seems not to have occurred to Chase Paymentech that condoms save lives, prevent unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortions, chronic poverty and child abuse. Condoms also stop the spread of STDs.

What part of any of that is a “reputational risk” to Chase bank?

This new “religious freedom” wave cannot be allowed to drown “personal freedom”. If you would like to show your support for Lovability, you can sign their on line petition here.

Religious freedom was never meant to guarantee anyone that their religious beliefs will be treated as sacrosanct. It was meant to protect citizens from being forced to abide by the dictates of the Church of England.

Certainly Chase cannot be allowed to become an arbiter of morality. I can’t think of any entity less qualified to make such a determination than one of the banks that brought us the Great Recession.

 

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{ 6 comments }

BJLincoln March 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

So true. I never understood how not one person was jailed. They helped to screw up my life.
When it all started, the first thing people stop is giving to the arts. Every grant I worked from was cut or canceled and I lost every job. I taught art to kids with learning and behavioral disorders through a museum out reach program. I covered 3 counties and had 19 classes at one point.
The good part was we moved to Maryland and I found the freedom to be myself. It beats Ohio to hell and back.

Str8Grandmother March 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I have to admit the packaging is very nice.
In a similar story on Hobby Lobby John Aravosis at AmericaBlog came up with a cute headline I can't get out of my head,
"Jesus Christ Superstore"

Huntercgo March 28, 2014 at 6:45 am

Considering Chase's reputation, I don't see why they're worried.

Chase used to be my bank, simply because they bought my bank. Based on my association with them, they're nothing more than crooks — and fairly sleazy ones, at that.

radiantpay March 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

Well, socially this is wrong step towards socially. The finance company should be more flexible towards social causes like this. http://radiantpay.com are the companies who support such investment pals in London.

LilFL March 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

Sorry, I don't think any insurance should pay for condoms or birth control of any kind. If you want to play, be responsible for yourself and pay for your prevention. It shouldn't be put on the backs of every American.

cipher March 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

1. This story is about a bank refusing to process credit card transactions. It has nothing at all to do with insurance companies. I see your reading comprehension skills are on par with those of most evangelicals.

2. An employee's health insurance package is part of his compensation. If an employer were to discontinue offering a health plan, but pay his employees extra so they could purchase their own, would he have have the right to follow them into drugstores to make sure they weren't purchasing products of which he didn't approve? (I'm sure you'd say he would.)

3. Insurance companies shouldn't pay for contraception for married couples? I suppose they should they simply have all the children baby Jesus sends them.

Crawl back under your rock with all the rest of the psychopathic, Christofascist trash, fantasize about our impending eternal damnation and let the rest of us get on with the business of trying to repair the damage you've done to civilization.

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