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Health Care Reform
October 2014

The Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby Lobby Case: Conscience, Complicity, and Contraception

Author Affiliations
  • 1Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison
  • 2School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(10):1537-1538. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.4200

In June 2014, the US Supreme Court ruled that some employers can decide for themselves whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a substantial burden on the exercise of religious freedom (Box)2 and sue for an exemption on that basis. What are the broader implications of this decision for medical care?