Dec 02 2013
Can a corporation believe in God? While the Supreme Court decided back in 2010 that corporations have the right to free speech under the Citizens United ruling, the question of whether a corporation can have religious rights will now be at the heart of the first legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court since the law was enacted 17 months ago.
The nation’s highest court will hear two cases which question the legality of a requirement to provide contraception coverage to their employees under Obamacare or face fines of up to $100 per day per employee.
One of the cases involves Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores with nearly 13,000 employees whose owners believe that it is immoral for people to use birth control pills. The company claims that the Government would be violating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which was put in place to ensure a “person’s exercise of religion” if they provided birth control pills to their employees.
Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby said, “It would be inconsistent for us to live one way at home and accept a different way at work. That would be inconsistent with our faith.” The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the case in March and is expected to issue a ruling in June.
GUEST: Dr. Nancy Stanwood, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health