Zubik v. Burwell (Little Sisters of the Poor case)
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Zubik v. Burwell (Little Sisters of the Poor case)


The contraceptive mandate requires that Affordable Care compliant plans cover the full range of FDA approved contraceptives without cost
to the employee there seven cases that have been consolidated here before the
Supreme Court at the main plaintiff is Bishop zubik of pittsburgh there’s also
other Catholic groups like Priests for Life in the Little Sisters of the Poor
there’s also several Protestant universities all of these organizations
are challenging the HHS mandate requiring them to provide contraceptives
in emergency contraceptives to their employees all of these groups have an
objection to providing these contraceptives to their employees it
violates their religious beliefs what the government wants to do is say it’s
alright what we’ll do is have you sign a form that is basically permission slip
to allow us to use your plan and provide those contraceptive so they would allow
the government to co-opt the plans that these organizations provide to their own
employees to give their employees the congress actors including abortifacient
contraceptives that they object and that’s what he’s faithful individuals
and organizations say they can’t do without violating their own conscience
the petitioners are arguing today need to have an exemption because of a law
called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this was a law passed in the
nineties and signed by President Clinton it says that when a religious groups sincere
religious beliefs are being burdened by the government that the government has
to show a compelling interest in in whatever it’s doing that to create that
burden that it’s nearly Taylor janitors government on the other side will claim
they have a compelling interest in making sure that women are provided with
these contraceptives the government argues first that he’s British police
are actually being infringed here because the bureaucratic mechanism by
which the contraceptives are being provided is remote enough as far enough
away from what the Little Sisters are provided it doesn’t actually involved
providing contraceptives they’re saying that it’s the sure that’s going to be
paying for this the government government that will actually be doing
it and so the Little Sisters don’t have to worry about it they’re they’re not
the ones that actually providing contraceptive they also would argue that
even if your religious beliefs are being violated or are being burdened that the government has a very
compelling interest here in providing contraceptives and also that this is
really they’re the most direct way to do it in their 40 retailer to achieve the
idea of finding the least restrictive means to achieve your compelling
interest is something that we see Toro first amendment law it’s really an
effort to make sure that even when the government is trying to achieve goals
that are good and the government has many gold things that it needs to
accomplish that it tries to find a way that does not infringe on people’s
religious freedom it does so the court will have to
determine first are the petitioners religious interest burden and then to
the government have a compelling interest in providing women
contraceptives in this way and then even if they do is this the narrowest way
they can do it today and is there another way the government can meet its
compelling interest without burdening as much religious freedom

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