Two Big First Amendment SCOTUS Decisions

by Ryan on June 30, 2014

in Anything Else,Health Care,Judicial Watch,Politics,Right to Life

The Supreme Court handed down two big decisions today (5-4, predictably), one striking down parts of the Obamacare contraception mandate, the other allowing certain employees to opt out of union membership.

The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision notes that since HHS has already carved out some exemptions for religious institutions to be exempt from the contraception mandate, freedom of conscience allows of owners of “closely held” businesses to do the same for some of the contraceptives involved.  Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion for this narrow, but important ruling.

The Harris v. Quinn decision was also defined narrowly:  public sector unions cannot collect dues from home health care workers if those workers do not want to be part of the union, in this case SEIU, a notoriously aggressive union. Pretty straight forward First Amendment case too.

It’s nice to see that at least five of our esteemed oligarchs justices come down supporting the First Amendment from time to time.

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