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The Federalist Society at St. John's School of Law is pleased
Freedom of Religion v. Obama's Contraception Mandate:
Lessons from an Ancient Precedent
One of the most controversial actions of the Obama Administration
with respect to the new health care action is its decision to
require that religious employers -- religious hospitals, schools,
colleges, charities and ministries -- provide coverage for
contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs in their employees'
and students' health insurance plans. The mandate poses a square
conflict with the religious conscience and convictions of many
religious groups. Is such mandated coverage constitutional? Does it
violate the Free Exercise Clause? Does it violate federal civil
rights law, in the form of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Michael Stokes
Paulsen, a national authority on religious freedom and
constitutional law, will argue that the "contraception cram-down"
is illegal and unconstitutional and that the administration's
proposed "accommodation" does nothing to cure the legal problems
with the original.
Monday, April 9, 2012
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