Attorney General Bill Schuette
today praised a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold constitutional
protections for Freedom of Religion regarding a U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) mandate that required employers to pay
for abortion-inducing drugs regardless of whether it violates their religious
"Today, the nation's highest court has upheld the religious liberties and
freedoms of individuals across this land. As Justice Kennedy stated today,
‘Among the reasons that the United States is so open, so tolerant, and so free
is that no person may be restricted or demeaned by government in exercising his
or her religion,'" stated Schuette.
consolidated cases are Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood
Specialties Corp. v. Burwell.
Schuette noted that Chief Justice Roberts along with Justices Alito and Scalia
acknowledged the constitutional protection of the People's Freedom of Religion
in the ruling:
The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion…If
the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be
facilitating abortions, and if they do not comply, they will pay a very
heavy price—as much as $1.3 million per day, or about $475 million per
year, in the case of one of the companies. If these consequences do not
amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would, (Court
Opinion, pg. 2).
Schuette added, "Today's ruling is positive news for Michigan businesses with
legal challenges similar to today's decision. We will continue to support their
efforts to preserve their constitutional right to religious liberty."