Adoption, abortion and the pledge: Controversial religious liberty cases
Some 37 lawsuits have been filed by for-profit companies against the federal government over a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers provide contraceptive coverage through company health care plans. The most high-profile case involves Hobby Lobby, a national craft store chain whose owners say the birth control mandate would require them to provide abortifacients in violation of their Christian beliefs.
The government contends that for-profit corporations, unlike a church, do not have religious freedom rights and exempting them from government requirements would effectively allow the owners to impose their religious beliefs on employees. Meanwhile, the company owners argue that making money doesn't disqualify someone from exercising their religious beliefs and that they shouldn't have to deny their faith to make a living.
Conflicting rulings from the circuit courts have legal experts predicting it is sure to reach the Supreme Court, possibly in the next year.
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