Robert Destro, professor of law, was quoted in a July 31 Religion News Service article on the Satanists' challenge to the Hobby Lobby ruling. See the article below.

Satanists' challenge to Hobby Lobby ruling may face legal hurdles

From: Religion News Service Date: July 31, 2014 Author: Kimberly Winston

... All 50 states have some form of informed-consent laws; 35 of them specifically pertain to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive rights.

Robert Destro, a law professor at the Catholic University of America, said the Satanists have a basic misunderstanding of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the 1993 law the Supreme Court cited as the basis for its decision in Hobby Lobby. RFRA applies only to the federal government, so it would not apply to state-mandated literature.

But even if state versions of RFRA were found by a court to apply, there is still trouble with the Satanists' assertion, Destro continued. If a state law requires informed consent, and a doctor does not give out the literature, he or she is in violation of the law - and can be sued by the patient afterward.

"So, in the end, the doctor has a choice to make: either offer the materials, or not," he said. "Religion has nothing to do with it." ...

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