The Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear two cases in which for-profit businesses are challenging the Affordable Care Acts (ACA) contraceptive mandate on freedom of religion grounds. The key issue before the Supreme Court will be whether or not corporations have religious rights.
The Hobby Lobby case comes to the Supreme Court from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that Hobby Lobby had the right to challenge the ACAs contraceptive mandate on religious grounds under the First Amendment. The Conestoga Wood case comes to the Supreme Court from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Third Circuit held that for-profit businesses forfeit any right to challenge a law on religious grounds by utilizing the corporate form and accepting its accompanying benefits.
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