In a withering dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Supreme Court’s ruling that employers cannot be forced to cover birth control for women under the Obamacare mandate could create “havoc.”
The 5-4 decision on Monday, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, says the healthcare law infringes on religious freedom and can be waived by certain companies. It is the first time the high court has ruled that for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
But in her dissent, which was joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg said the ruling from five male justices was a “decision of startling breadth” that would mean that corporations could “opt out of any law … they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” the National Journal reported.
The Obamacare challenge was brought by Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores employing 15,000 people, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl, Pa., owned by a Mennonite family and employing 950 people in making wood cabinets.