The Hobby Lobby Decision: Its Effect on Reproductive Rights and Judicial Precedent
SEP 10, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby found that the regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employers to provide their female employees with no-cost access to contraception contravene the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in some circumstances. The Court’s decision was largely split along gender lines. It exempts closely held for-profit corporations from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate if facilitating access to contraception would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. This panel discussion will analyze the Hobby Lobby decision and the questions it has raised regarding the balance between a woman’s reproductive freedom and a corporation’s right to religious freedom.
This lecture will be of interest to any Ohio attorney who represents corporations and small businesses that provide health insurance for employees or represents employees enrolled in health care plans.
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law
Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
David L. Brennan Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research
Professor of Law and Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar