Religious freedom has become the broad catchphrase in today’s biggest culture war issues. The Obama administration’s contraception mandate is the latest example, as the Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby and another corporation that wanted to opt out of birth control coverage.
Read a transcript of the oral arguments in the case, heard by the Supreme Court on March 25, 2014.
Read a June 2, 2014, Religion News Service story about a Public Religion Research Institute poll that shows most Americans favor the contraception mandate.
Read a June 23, 2014, Religion News Service story rounding up various polls that show differing levels of support for each side in the case.
Paul D. Clement is an attorney with the Washington, D.C., law firm Bancroft PLLC.
A March 2014 backgrounder by the Pew Research Center explains the issues at stake in the contraception cases and the likely implications of whatever the justices ultimately decide.
A Rasmussen Reports national survey released in December 2013 found that half of voters do not think employers should be required to provide health insurance with free contraceptives for their workers. But respondents were more divided when asked whether a company should be eligible for exemption from such a rule for religious reasons.