Religious Freedom in the Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases
March 2, 2014
PLLDF Board Member, Dwight G. Duncan, recently submitted an amicus brief on behalf of PLLDF, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Massachusetts Family Institute and the National Lawyers Association, in support of the non-government parties in the Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on March 25, 2014.
In this religious freedom case, Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties oppose the HHS abortifacient mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated businesses to provide the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines.
Dwight's brief argues that the American legal tradition favors recognition of religious freedom exercised by non-ecclesiastical corporations and associative entities, and that the Supreme Court should affirm the right to religious freedom from the abortifacient mandate for family-run businesses and closely-held companies.