The Catholic University of America

Constitutional Challenges: Religious Liberty and the HHS mandate

Description:  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandates that employer-sponsored insurance plans cover most methods of contraception, sterilization procedures, and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity. Exceptions to the law on religious grounds are narrow and few, prompting eighty-plaintiff lawsuits filed against the Department of Health and Human Services on first amendment grounds, alleging infringement of religious freedom.  The Columbus School of Law’s 2012 Brendan F. Brown Lecture assembled a panel of three experts on Oct. 3 to discuss the merits of the case, possible outcomes, and the media’s presentation of the issues involved.