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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 26 2014, @10:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the companies==people-er-does-not-compute dept.

gishzida writes:

"According to a Reuters report Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims, "The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. From the article:

During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes more than usual, a majority of the nine justices appeared ready to rule that certain for-profit entities have the same religious rights to object as individuals do. A ruling along those lines would likely only apply to closely held companies. As in most close cases of late, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote. Based on his questions, it was unclear whether the court would ultimately rule that the companies had a right to an exemption from the contraception provision of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The dozens of companies involved in the litigation do not all oppose every type of birth control. Some object only to emergency contraceptive methods, such as the so-called morning-after pill, which they view as akin to abortion.

The case marks the second time Obamacare has featured prominently before the Supreme Court. In 2012, the court upheld by a 5-4 vote the constitutionality of the act's core feature requiring people to get health insurance. Although the case has no bearing on the overall healthcare law, it features its own volatile mix of religious rights and reproductive rights. A capacity crowd filled the marble courtroom, while outside hundreds of demonstrators, most of them women, protested loudly in an early spring snowstorm.

We already know that the SCOTUS thinks corporations are citizens, do you think the SCOTUS should allow corporations to have religious beliefs too?"

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by isaac on Wednesday March 26 2014, @11:59PM

    by isaac (500) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @11:59PM (#21830)

    My (ex) wife gave birth to our youngest in a Catholic hospital. Are you suggesting they don't have the right to object to pay for birth control or abortions as part of their employees' health care?

    First of all, this is one of the reasons why having your health care providers chosen by your employers (via choice of policy) sucks.

    Second, you know the real problem? When religious health systems buy up all the clinics in your area, and now you can't be assured your own access to contraception or that your doctor will honor your end-of-life directives.

    This is, actually, already happening. Vide: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/faith-healers/C ontent?oid=16050396 [thestranger.com]

    Scalia wants this majority opinion so bad... expect something sweeping if he gets it.

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  • (Score: 0) by fliptop on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:04AM

    by fliptop (1666) on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:04AM (#21891) Journal

    When religious health systems buy up all the clinics in your area, and now you can't be assured your own access to contraception or that your doctor will honor your end-of-life directives.

    Not sure where these "faith healers" are buying everything up, but where I live, there's 5 hospitals w/in driving distance and only 1 is Catholic (or any other religion). Also, the local diocese is broke and closing schools due to poor enrollment.

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    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.