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Jun 18

Defending Religious Freedom: The Judicial Battle Over the HHS Mandate

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the new mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will require many religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for abortion, sterilization and contraceptive services even if it violates their religious principles and beliefs. Is this an issue of religious liberty under the First Amendment or should the government’s stated interest in assuring uniform health care coverage prevail? What kinds of lawsuits have been filed and what legal claims are being made? What effect will the Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare litigation have on the pending lawsuits filed over the HHS mandate? Discussing these issues will be Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who has filed a motion to intervene in one of the lawsuits filed against the HHS mandate; Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund, which is representing several religious colleges and other organizations that have sued HHS; and Robert Alt, Heritage’s Director of the Rule of Law Programs.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Luther Strange
Alabama Attorney General

Followed by a Discussion with
Hannah Smith
Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund

Jennifer Marshall
Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation

Robert Alt
Director, Rule of Law Programs, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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Hans A. von Spakovsky Hans A. von Spakovsky

Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow Read More