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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany v. Lacewell

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-1501 N.Y. App. Div. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether New York’s regulation mandating that employer health insurance plans cover abortions, which burdens a subset of religious organizations by forcing them to cover abortions, is “neutral” and “generally applicable” under Employment Division v. Smith and Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye Inc. v. City of Hialeah; (2) whether New York’s mandate interferes with the autonomy of religious entities, in violation of the religion clauses of the First Amendment; and (3) whether — if, under the rule announced in Smith, the free exercise clause of the First Amendment allows states to demand that religious entities opposing abortions subsidize them — Smith should be overruled.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Apr 23 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 27, 2021)
May 07 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from May 27, 2021 to June 28, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
May 10 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including June 28, 2021.
May 25 2021Brief amici curiae of Jewish Coalition For Religious Liberty filed.
May 25 2021Brief amicus curiae of Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, Inc. filed.
May 26 2021Brief amici curiae of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, et al. filed.
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Eight Legal Scholars filed.
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of States of Texas, Alabama, et al. filed.
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of The Bruderhof, et al. filed.
Jun 14 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from June 28, 2021 to August 23, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 15 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including August 23, 2021.