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Tune in: Hobby Lobby verdict later this month

Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, corporations are mandated to provide healthcare to their employees; one of the articles included in that mandate is the supply of contraceptives for company employees. The dispute is that the two plaintiff corporations claim exemption from the mandate on the grounds that providing the contraceptives would contradict their religious beliefs. Their case appeals to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is designed to prevent laws that “substantially burden” a person’s free exercise of religion. But this case ultimately decides whether for-profit corporations should be granted the same religious privileges and unalienable religious exercise rights as human individuals.