On Wednesday, July 16, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present “Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?”

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The two Supreme Court that came down in early June, popularly known as the “Hobby Lobby” and “Buffer Zone” decisions, respectively, have shocked many by their blatant disregard of women’s reproductive rights–particularly “Hobby Lobby”, which not only grants religious rights to corporations, but allows these “rights” to infringe on the rights of others to a point unprecedented in Supreme Court History. Justice Alito‘s majority opinion also carves out a special exception for women, when it comes to whether there is a “compelling government interest” in women’s equality rights and reproductive choice (hint: there isn’t).

While there has been a lot of media attention given the bizarre aspects of Hobby Lobby and the shock of the removal of “buffer zones” from around clinics, there has been very little historical context provided by any of the media that explains the singling out of women in this way and connects these blatant anti-woman decisions to the history of reproductive rights that preceded them.

On Wednesday, July 16, Joy of Resistance will present: Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?

Our guests will be: Lydia Devine, Attorney and Coordinator of the New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation (the group that led in making the Morning After Pill available over-the-counter); Mary Lou Greenberg, who coordinates escorting patients (past the harassers) into Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens–and Sunsara Taylor, a convenor of Stop Patriarchy and the initiator of the Abortion Freedom Rides that toured the country last year and will travel to Texas this August. Guests will be interviewed by Lorena Ambrosio, Amanda Alcantara and Fran Luck.

The show will include our Feminist News Roundup; a special sound “collage” of recent creative responses by women to the Hobby Lobby decision and the attack on women’s reproductive rights–including the music of Lisa Koch, Nora Freeman and the hysterical youtube parody: “Hobby Lobby Crafts (Make Your Own IUD!)”

Guests and producers will share personal testimony about how the availability of birth control and abortion–or the lack of these same, has impacted their lives.

So please tune in to 99.5 FM this Wednesday, July 16, between 9 and 10 PMor stream us live on your computer at

Joy of Resistance covers the ongoing worldwide struggle of women to for full equality and human rights. It broadcasts on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, between 9 and 10 PM. You can contact Joy of Resistance at joyofresistance@wbai.org or leave a phone message at (212) 209-2987.

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