The Contraceptive Mandate in the Supreme Court: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Religious Liberties Practice Group Teleforum
Start : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 04:00 PM
End : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 05:00 PM

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Featured Speakers:
Stephen Bainbridge
Gerard V. Bradley
Martin S. Lederman
Nelson Tebbe


The contraceptive mandate case is being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Hobby Lobby Stores is an incorporated chain of arts and crafts supply stores. Its owners have no moral or other objection to the use of 16 of 20 contraceptives required by the contraceptive mandate, but cite their deeply held religious beliefs in objecting to providing or paying for four others they see as possibly life-threatening. Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest, allow Hobby Lobby to deny its employees the health coverage of those contraceptives? Our experts will preview the merits of the case on the eve of oral arguments.


  • Prof. Stephen M. Bainbridge, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Prof. Gerard V. Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. Martin S. Lederman, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Nelson Tebbe, Brooklyn Law School

Call begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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