Obamacare and religious freedom: new decision expected from the Supreme Court

Publié le : 28 March 2014

 On Tuesday, 25 March, the United States Supreme Court had to decide whether the employer of a religious organisation could refuse to provide employees with sickness cover including abortion, based on his/her religious beliefs.

Two cases were heard, namely Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Speciality v. Sebelisus, in the name of religious enterprises (Hobby Lobby and Conestoga) refusing "to comply with legal requirements". In fact, amongst the twenty methods of contraception covered by the Obamacare law, four are considered by the plaintiffs to be abortion techniques (the morning after pill and intrauterine device).

It should be remembered that religious congregations were temporarily exempt from this legal obligation under the Obama administration, following the appeal of the Colorado Little Sisters of the Poor, up until a final verdict was given before the Court of Appeal.

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