Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling
July 2, 2014
Guests: Tobias Wolff, Sarah Barringer Gordon, David Cohen
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that privately held companies can be exempt because of religious reasons from a federal mandate requiring employers to pay for employees’ contraception. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties objected on religious grounds to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that requires businesses to provide insurance coverage of their female employees’ birth control. Today we dissect the decision and its implications and look at other related rulings. Marty sits down to talk about law, religious liberty, and reproductive rights with TOBIAS BARRINGTON WOLFF, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, SARAH BARRINGER GORDON, Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and DAVID S. COHEN, Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Law School.