February 1, 2013
Can Notre Dame Challenge Federal Contraception Mandate as a "Person" Under RFRA?
The Huffington Post blog: Who Is Notre Dame?, by Kathryn Pogin & Bridgette Dunlap:
In its lawsuit challenging the federal contraceptive coverage rule, which requires most health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, the University of Notre Dame claims to have rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. RFRA protects "[a] person whose religious exercise has been burdened" by the government. Such a person can seek an exemption from a law the general population must obey if she has a sincere religious belief that will be substantially burdened. The assertion that Notre Dame can sue under RFRA raises the question: Who is Notre Dame? . . .
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