Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.
The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb.
On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the companies' request for an injunction.
I have two comments. First, the federal government has no constitutional authority to demand a private business offer the morning-after pill, or anything else, for that matter.
Second, according to the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law. . . prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]." This is a direct attack on religious freedoms in this country.
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