Supreme Court Hears Hobby Lobby Case
The Supreme Court today heard the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case.
Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby, was on “The Kelly File” tonight to discuss the case.
Read background on the hearing below, via FoxNews.com:
The justices appeared divided in the case, which is the highest-profile challenge to the health care law since the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012.
The case argued Tuesday involves family-owned companies, including Hobby Lobby, that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that they say can work after conception, in violation of their religious beliefs.
But the Obama administration and its supporters say a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses could also undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.
The outcome could turn on the views of Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decisive vote. Kennedy voiced concerns both about the rights of female employees and the business owners. Kennedy asked what rights would women have if their employers ordered them to wear burkas, a full-length robe commonly worn by conservative Islamic women.
Megyn Kelly told Rienzi that the National Organization of Women today called the case outrageous and said Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to provide female workers with birth control.
“It’s not true,” he said, explaining that Hobby Lobby just doesn’t want to pay for four of 20 contraceptives that can cause early abortions.
Rienzi said the government’s view is that Hobby Lobby should be crushed with fines or forced to kick all of its employees off of health insurance.
Watch the exclusive interview above.
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