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August 27, 2014

The ACA’s Contraceptive Mandate: Religious Freedom, Women’s Health, and Corporate Personhood

Author Affiliations
  • 1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2014;312(8):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9455

The Supreme Court on June 30, 2014, decided Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc—a deeply divisive case. Holding that the federal government cannot lawfully mandate “closely held” for-profit corporations to provide contraceptive coverage, the Court split 5-4 along ideological lines.1 The Court thus entered a political quagmire at the intersection of religious freedom, women’s health, and corporate personhood.