Scott Gaylord authors U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief 

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord has authored a United States Supreme Court "friend of the court" brief opposing the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act. 

Scott Gaylord, professor of law, Elon University School of Law

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to rule on seven lower court cases involving a core question: whether the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that group insurance plans offer contraceptive coverage at no additional cost, as well as the federal government’s attempt to accommodate religious non-profits, violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

Professor Gaylord’s brief was developed on behalf of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and Ave Maria University. 

“The brief focuses on the substantial burden prong under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, arguing that the lower courts improperly trenched upon the right of religious adherents to determine which actions make them morally complicit in wrongdoing,” Gaylord said. 

The Supreme Court should hear oral argument in the cases in March or April.

Read the January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief authored Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord here.

A SCOTUSblog summary of these Supreme Court cases is available here.

More information about Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord is available here.