The Negative Effects Of The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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There are also some implications for federalism related to civil rights. A positive is the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which limited the government 's ability to enforce legislation that infringes upon religious freedom.
The RFRA statutes, which currently bind nearly two dozen state governments as well as the federal government, require courts to use a simple balancing test when weighing the facts of specific religious freedom cases. The laws state that the government may only substantially burden the free exercise of religion of a person or organization if the government 1) has a compelling interest to do so, and 2) is using the least restrictive means possible to further that compelling interest. In legal parlance, RFRA requires courts to use strict scrutiny when adjudicating these types of cases. (Davis, 2015) The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act was a reaction to the Smith Supreme Court case. In this case the state prohibited the use of hallucinogenic drugs without having an exemption for Native Americans who use peyote for spiritual reasons. “The court said that the government did not need to
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There are also some negative effects related to religious freedom. There was a time when medical personnel would have to pay a significant fine if they decided not to perform an abortion due to religious beliefs. Since then the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has changed its policy. The new policy allows doctors to refuse performing abortions for patients with no penalty. The main goal of the HHS is to enhance the health and well being of individuals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services accommodates non-profit religious organizations. Doctors are given the choice on whether or not they can provide medical treatment to patients based on their religious

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