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An anti-abortion leader said he was told of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling in advance, per The New York Times.
Rob Schenck suggested that two donors were told the outcome at a dinner with Justice Samuel Alito.
Alito has denied the allegations, which come after the leak of the Dobbs draft opinion in June.

A former prominent anti-abortion leader told Supreme Court Justice John Roberts that he was informed of the outcome of the 2014 Hobby Lobby contraception case weeks before the decision was disclosed to the public, according to The New York Times.

In a letter sent to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts this past July, the Rev. Rob Schenck told the jurist that he was made aware of the decision before the official announcement, suggesting an extraordinary breach of judicial norms. It appears similar to the leak of the draft opinion of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case in May.  The court’s final ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade, came the next month.

In the 2014 Hobby Lobby contraception case the justices — in a 5-4 decision — ruled that mandating family-owned corporations to pay the cost of insurance for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act infringed on religious freedoms. According to records obtained by The Times, Schenck used his knowledge of the decision to map out a public relations offensive.

Schenck also said that shortly before the decision was announced, he told Hobby Lobby president Steve Green about what had been disclosed to him regarding the case.

According to Schenck, the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case was only known to a very small contingent of individuals.

The Dobbs and Hobby Lobby decisions were both major victories for conservative politicians and activists, with Associate Justice Samuel Alito leading the charge in writing the majority opinions in both cases.

However, the leak of the Dobbs decision, which was first reported by Politico, was met with a furious response across the country. Some conservatives celebrated the court’s signaling to overturn Roe but also sharply criticized the leak. Pro-choice activists rallied against the move and animated voters in the midterm elections as the issue returned to individual states to regulate.

In the letter to Roberts, Schenck spoke of the process in which the revelation about the Hobby Lobby case played out.

“Back in June 2014, when so many awaited the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

A former anti-abortion leader says he was told the decision of the landmark 2014 Hobby Lobby contraception case weeks before the Supreme Court ruling was formally announced: NYT

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