DFLA Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Religious-Freedom
Rights to Object to Facilitating Abortions
DFLA filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court" brief in two U.S. Supreme Court cases to support conscience rights of business owners and their corporations.
The brief of Democrats for Life of America and former congressman Bart Stupak, both of whom supported the Affordable Care Act as a whole, focuses on the fact that the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga owners and companies object to facilitating drugs and devices that they reasonably fear may cause termination of a new embryo.
"Our nation has a longstanding and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion," said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life-a tradition that reflects (in the brief word's) "the seriousness of the burden on conscience when the objector is forced to take a human life" through participation in abortion, capital punishment, or euthanasia. Conscience protections for abortion objectors, the brief argues, frequently "extend to for-profit businesses, not just individuals and non-profit organizations,", and extend "far beyond the case of direct involvement in the performance of the abortion."