Religious Liberty at SCOTUS

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery at Heritage have a good briefing on the religious-liberty cases the Supreme Court will be hearing in March:

The anti-conscience mandate forces family businesses to provide health insurance plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization. Many employers believe that complying with this mandate would conflict with the tenets of their faith. Consequently, these employers face the choice of paying steep fines or violating their faith. The First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protect the free exercise of religion, and the many family-run businesses challenging the anti-conscience mandate argue that they deserve protection too.

The Supreme Court has agreed to review two challenges brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. It will consider whether family-run businesses can exercise religion and, if so, how such a ruling would affect the anti-conscience mandate. Americans do not forfeit their right to live and work in accordance with their faith simply because they go into business to provide for themselves, their families, and their employees.

Given the depth of misunderstanding about the president’s abortion-drug, contraception, female sterilization Department of Health and Human Services mandate, it’s one I’d encourage social-media sharing and emailing.