The Supreme Court announced its decision on one of the biggest religious freedom cases of recent years: Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby.
The federal government cannot force an employer to provide birth control if doing so violates the religious beliefs of the owners.
A mandate to provide potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in employee insurance plans places a substantial burden on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which is solely owned by founder David Green and his family.
Here’s more from ScotusBlog:
The Court says that the government has failed to show that the mandate is the least restrictive means of advancing its interest in guaranteeing cost-free access to birth control.
Here is a further attempt at qualification: This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates, that is for blood transfusions or vaccinations, necessarily fail if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs.
Here is more qualification: It does not provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.
Here’s an awesome video Hobby Lobby made about their case:
Did the Supreme Court make the right decision, in your opinion?
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