Exclusive: Amaris’ Take on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby


Pretty Politics correspondent and commentator Amaris Rodriguez recently visited the Supreme Court in the midst of oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. Two companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, are suing the federal government based on a mandate by the Affordable Care Act which states that companies must offer contraceptive coverage as part of health insurance plans.

The companies are suing on the basis of the Religious Freedom Act, which states: “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” Dozens of for-profit companies have filed suit for the same reasoning.

Reproductive rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood are actively opposed to Hobby Lobby’s stance:

“What the Court decides could set a dangerous precedent for millions, allowing businesses to deny their employees a whole host of other medical procedures to which they are legally entitled, based solely on their personal beliefs — procedures and treatments like vaccines, surgeries, blood transfusions, or mental health care.”

A decision by the court is expected sometime in late June. We’ll keep you updated!

Until then, check out Amaris‘ experience with demonstrators at the Supreme Court, and share your thoughts! Do you think companies should be able to deny contraceptive coverage for their employees?



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