Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

Lori Windham (C), senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,addresses the news media in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Lori Windham (C), senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,addresses the news media in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

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Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

We discuss the Supreme Court decisions on the limits of religious freedom and the power of public unions.

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit companies don’t have to include birth control for women in their company health plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Closely held for-profit companies can be exempted if owners object for religious reasons. Supporters say the decision is a victory for religious freedom. Critics argue it will invite many more challenges to federal law on religious grounds. In another decision yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that home healthcare workers cannot be compelled to pay a fee to public unions who lobby on their behalf. Please join us to talk about both of these decisions and their implications.

Guests

Julie Rovner

senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News; author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z."

Mark Rienzi

professor of constitutional law, Catholic University of America and senior counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Barry Lynn

executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and author of "Piety & Politics."

Nina Totenberg

NPR's legal affairs correspondent.

Sandra Fluke

Democratic candidate for California Senate District 26 and social justice attorney in Los Angeles.

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