Meet That Other Family in the Supreme Court Decision


hahns picIn news outlets, the Hahn family business — Conestoga Wood Specialties — often follows Hobby Lobby as the other family-owned business involved Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The high court ruled the federal government cannot force these companies, or any closely held business, to offer potential abortion-inducing drugs under Obamacare.

Like the Greens, who own Hobby Lobby, the Hahns filed suit against the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, because it betrayed their deeply held beliefs. Anthony Hahn runs the cabinet-making business in Lancaster, Pa.

“We are Mennonite — that’s our religion,” Anthony said in an Alliance Defending Freedom video. “The company was founded on that religion as well.”

Anthony’s dad, Norman, started the company in a small garage in 1964. The family has grown the business into an industry leader that employs nearly a thousand people.

Hahn said the government went too far by ordering his company — and most other businesses and nonprofits — to comply with HHS mandate.

The majority of the Supreme Court agrees. In Monday’s opinion, Justice Alito said the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).

Under HHS’s view, RFRA would permit the Government to require all employers to provide coverage for any medical procedure allowed by law in the jurisdiction in question—for in­stance, third-trimester abortions or assisted suicide.

The owners of many closely held corporations could not in good conscience provide such coverage, and thus HHS would effectively exclude these people from full participation in the economic life of the Nation. RFRA was enacted to prevent such an outcome.

Randy Wenger, an attorney with the Independence Law Center, said it’s gratifying to know the Hahn’s will be protected from government intrusion.

“My concern was that maybe in the modern age, religious liberty was too much for those who are government-minded about things,” he told CitizenLink. “It was a relief to see five members of the court recognizing that the principles of religious liberty still stand.”

Hahn said he and his family fought the HHS mandate on behalf of all Americans.

“We wholeheartedly affirm what the Supreme Court made clear — that Americans don’t have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business,” he said.

“This effort wasn’t just for Conestoga. We took this stand for others as well. The administration has gone too far in disrespecting the freedom of Americans to live out their convictions.”