A pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may send the message to Washington that it’s not a good idea to interfere with religious freedom.
Recently, the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby was argued before the High Court. For the past couple of months, it appears justices may be leaning towards a favorable ruling supporting the chain retailer’s religious beliefs. The issue? Whether Hobby Lobby, or any other employer can be compelled to make available mandatory contraceptive treatment coverage to employees.
Hobby Lobby is not the only organization to feel the heat of Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” George Mason University law professor, Helen Alvare, reports in the Hill of June 25, that coinciding with this litigation involving a private-sector employer, is a similar matter concerning Little Sisters of the Poor, a non-profit comprised of 30 homes in the United States: facilities assisting in caring for the dying elderly. The Obama administration says the sisters are bound by the same Affordable Care Act contraception requirement. Noncompliance potentially equals fines in the millions for the sisters, who say they are just simply adhering to their religious beliefs.
A creed, like Hobby Lobby’s, is opposed to birth control. Their case is at the lower Federal Appellate Court level. So far, judges there have temporarily halted the fines against the sisters, but for both entities the legal wrangling is far from over.