Coloradans get crafty as Supreme Court hears Hobby Lobby case
Here's the take from the Alliance for Justice:
The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans to provide all Americans with access to preventive care without out-of-pocket costs. For women, that care includes access to common forms of birth control.
Nonprofit religious organizations, such as houses of worship, are exempt on the theory that the requirement might contradict the religious missions of the institutions themselves.
But now two private for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, are arguing before the Supreme Court that, solely because their owners say they have religious objections to some forms of birth control, the corporations should be allowed to inflict their religious beliefs on all of their employees by refusing to cover birth control in employer provided health insurance. Other businesses have brought similar suits.
The businesses cite the First Amendment and a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits a government action that places a substantial burden on an individual's religious practice unless there is a compelling government interest in that action....
If the Supreme Court agrees, it will radically reinterpret federal law - and potentially the United States Constitution. It will be saying, in effect, not only that corporations are people, but that they are people who can impose burdens on others based on what the boss proclaims are the corporation's religious beliefs. That could open the floodgates to denying not only contraception, but all sorts of other rights and benefits to Americans from every walk of life.
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