With the usual disclaimer that I am not a lawyer, I don’t see how the plaintiff in this case has a leg to stand on:
Missouri Republican state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland does not want his three daughters to have access to birth control, in their case through the group plan offered by Wieland’s employer, the state of Missouri. The plan does not require women to use birth control, of course, but the mere fact that his daughters might disobey his anti–birth control teachings bothers Wieland. A judge asked why Wieland doesn’t just tell his daughters, “We expect you do abide by our religious tenets.” Wieland’s lawyer, Timothy Belz, replied, “Well, we all have high hopes for our kids, that is true. We all expect and want them to obey us, they don’t always … ” Thus Wieland would like a little help from the government just in case his girls disobey Daddy’s religious beliefs.
But again, what do I know: the case has apparently made it through the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The analogy to Hobby Lobby seems too weak to hold up, but parents do have broad authority to make life-altering decisions for their children without their consent; so perhaps there is still some manner in which it could go through? Comments from more legally informed readers especially welcome. Read more about the case at Slate.