The Supreme Court’s Controversial Hobby Lobby Decision
For the week of July 20th, 2014
A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that closely-held for-profit corporations have the right to block employee access to certain birth control options offered through a company’s health plan if the owners object to them on religious grounds. Advocates for women’s reproductive rights are calling the Court’s opinion a major setback. Other groups say it’s a victory for religious freedom. On the this week’s Access Minnesota, a look at both sides of this controversial decision.
Guests: (Part 1) Jessica Mason Pieklo, Senior Legal Analyst at RHRealityCheck.org, former Assistant Director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline University Law School; (Part 2) Erick Kaardal, attorney with Mohrman, Kaardal and Erickson, P.A.
Issues: The scope of the Hobby Lobby decision; How the decision fits with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA); What the decision means for future litigation the Affordable Care Act’s “equal coverage” mandate; Balancing employers’ religious freedom with employees’ rights