ACLJ: Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two critical cases involving conscience rights and the Abortion-Pill Mandate: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Trump v. Pennsylvania. The Court will now decide, once and for all, whether employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, can be fully exempt from having to comply with the Mandate.
When the Obama Administration first imposed a requirement on employers to include abortifacient drugs in their employee health plans—even if the employer objected to doing so on conscientious grounds—it set off one of the largest battles for religious freedom ever to be waged in the courts.
The ACLJ alone successfully represented a total of thirty-two individuals and for-profit corporations in seven different legal actions challenging the Abortion-Pill Mandate. In fact, the ACLJ filed the first lawsuit against the Mandate in federal court on behalf of a for-profit employer.
Despite the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, holding that the Mandate substantially burdened the religious exercise of certain for-profit employers, the Obama Administration did not back down. It concocted an arrangement where employers who objected to the Mandate could participate in a so-called “accommodation” process that would force the employer’s insurance carrier to pay for the objectionable drugs and services. In other words, the federal government would hijack the employer’s insurance plan to see to it that abortion-inducing drugs were made freely available to the objecting employer’s employees. read more