Dershowitz: Contraceptive Ruling 'Monumentally Insignificant'

Monday, 30 Jun 2014 11:32 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on Monday called the Supreme Court decision allowing private companies to object on religious grounds to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement "monumentally insignificant."

"Why is it insignificant? First of all, it was not a constitutional decision," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. Second, the effect will be that not a single woman will be denied contraceptive care or birth control care,'' he said.

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"The opinion made it clear that there are alternatives by which the women can get adequate contraceptive care and won't be burdened in any way.

"It was a decision that tried hard to balance freedom of religion against the needs of the government. If the majority doesn't like it, they can change it tomorrow because it's not a constitutional decision.''

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He said Congress ought to eliminate it.

"[It] won't, though, because Congress does support freedom of religion. I met the people from Hobby Lobby, they're very decent people. I disagree with their views, but who am I to tell them that they're wrong about their religious view?'' Dershowitz said.

"They regard these four or five methods of contraception as abortion and as murder, and they just don't want to be part of it. I don't blame them for that, especially since there are alternatives.

"The Supreme Court made it clear: this is not as if they would refuse to vaccinate their employees, because vaccination protects all of us. This is something that can easily be balanced . . . It's a win, win . . . Ten years from now or five years from now. no one will remember this decision.''

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