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Topic - Randy Barnett
When the Supreme Court next year decides whether the Obama administration can force for-profit companies to insure birth control, the punditry around abortion or the "war on women" will be overshadowed by legal precedent and acts by Congress that weigh religious liberty against government mandates, legal scholars say.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ignored President Obama's words and thereby found a way to uphold the president's health care law in Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.
"Although the case is significant for religious liberty, it will have virtually no affect on the ACA, given that it is merely a regulation that the administration imposed for its own political reasons," said Randy Barnett, a professor at the Georgetown Law Center.
He said some conservatives exaggerate the effect that overturning Slaughterhouse would have because they think the court should protect only those rights enumerated in the Constitution.