Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision against the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate, and in favor of three family-run businesses: Conestoga Wood Specialties; Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; and Mardel (a chain of Christian bookstores owned by the same family as Hobby Lobby). In the 5 to 4 decision, which was written by Justice Samuel Alito and issued June 30, the Supreme Court found: “The contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA [the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act].”
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represented Conestoga Wood Specialties in the consolidated case before the Supreme Court. “Americans don’t surrender their freedom by opening a family business. In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government,” ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, said in a statement. “In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions. For the Hahns and the Greens, that means not being forced to participate in distributing potentially life-terminating drugs and devices.”
The North Carolina Family Policy Council will provide more details on this decision later this week.