U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Petition for Review of Contraceptive Mandate Cases

On November 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear petitions for review in four cases challenging the health care reform requirement that health plans cover contraceptives. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (10th Cir. 2013), Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius (3rd Cir. 2013), Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir. 2013), and Liberty University v. Lew (4th Cir. 2013).

If the Court grants review, it will choose the case it determines is the “best vehicle” for review. The issues to be decided are whether the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement violates a company’s rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, and whether for-profit secular corporations have free exercise rights under the First Amendment.