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.
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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