Conestoga Wood Specialties in Supreme Court March 25

By Bill Esler | Posted: 03/19/2014 7:00AM


Conestoga Wood Speicalties Anthony Hahn WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice hears Conestoga Wood Specialties' Mennonite owners aregument Tuesday, March 25, on why their firm should be exempted from Affordable Care Act requirements to cover morning-after contraception pills. The Supreme Court is reviewing a lower court ruling that required 900-employee Conestoga Wood Specialties components business to fund the pills under group health insurance program.

Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties, says the requirement violates his Mennonite religious convictions. Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, group insurance policies must cover contraception services. Hobby Lobby owners have made a similar claim and their case will be combined with Conestoga's on Tuesday.

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In December 2012 the Hahn family filed a civil lawsuit in Federal Court in Philadelphia against three U.S. government agencies. 

In addition to the Hahns as individuals, the Conestoga Wood Specialities corporation was also party to the case. Analysts say the case turns on whether a for-profit corporation can have a religious belief, as opposed to an individual or a religious institution.

The case, which is also being funded by a religious oriented legal foundation, has significant financial implications. Conestoga Wood Specialties says it would face nearly $3 million per month in Internal Revenue Service fines if it doesn’t allow insurance coverage for contraception.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

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