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Highlights from “Dictating Conscience: Law as a Cultural Weapon”

April 02, 2014

The Penn Law chapter of the Federalist Society presented a timely conference Monday (March 31)  on “Dictating Conscience: Law as a Cultural Weapon,” which included a panel on the Hobby Lobby case recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

At issue in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.

Speakers on the panel included Jordan Lorence, Alliance Defending Freedom; Professor Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame; Alexander Guerrero, Penn Bioethics; and Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

Lorence and Deneen, supported Hobby Lobby’s position. Guerrero and Amiri, supported the government’s position.

The thought provoking discussion explored the ramifications of the ruling in this case, which will be handed down by June

The panel ended with a question and answer session, in which all of the speakers candidly addressed their opinions about Obamacare, contraception, corporations, and the government’s interest in these topics.