- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2014

Supreme CourtJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a scathing assessment of her five male court colleagues, referencing the Hobby Lobby case, and told Yahoo’s Katie Couric that they couldn’t possibly understand the legal needs of women.

Ms. Couric, of Yahoo Global News, first noted that the Hobby Lobby decision put all three female members of the Supreme Court at odds with the majority opinion, and then asked: Do you believe “the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?”

Justice Ginsburg paused, then said, “I would have to say, no. But justices continue to think and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”

Ms. Couric then pushed for elaboration.

“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a blind spot?” she asked, Raw Story reported.

“In Hobby Lobby? Yes,” Justice Ginsburg answered.

And again, from Ms. Couric: “Because they couldn’t understand what it is like to be a woman?”

Justice Ginsburg answered: “They all have wives, they have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers,” Yahoo reported.

The Hobby Lobby case left some businesses in America with the ability to opt out of Obamacare birth control coverage mandates — specifically, only those forms of birth control that firm owners believed were abortifacients.