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Coats: Religious Freedom Remains Under Attack Despite Hobby Lobby Decision

by Coats for Senator Press Release on July 8, 2014
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

“Requiring faith-based institutions and businesses to betray the fundamental tenants of their beliefs is, I believe, unconstitutional.”
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the contraception coverage mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act on family-owned companies like Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“I applaud this ruling because freedom of religion is a core American principle guaranteed by the First Amendment,” said Coats. “But while this ruling is a welcome positive step, religious freedom remains under attack across our country. Because the Court’s ruling applies only to a narrow group – family-owned, for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby – most faith-based organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions are still required to facilitate insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, despite their religious beliefs and moral objections.”
Those still impacted by the administration’s mandate are a large and diverse group that includes Indiana-based institutions like Grace College in Winona Lake and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Despite conscience objections and the university’s clearly outlined standards and values, Notre Dame was told by a federal appeals court earlier this year that it must comply with the Obamacare mandate.
“Requiring faith-based institutions and businesses to betray the fundamental tenants of their beliefs is, I believe, unconstitutional,” said Coats. “This protection of religious liberty means that all people of all faiths have the right to exercise their faith within the bounds of our justice system, even if their beliefs seem to some as misguided, flawed or flat out wrong.” 
Coats has supported every attempt to rescind Obamacare’s contraception regulations, including signing on to an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. In addition, Coats sent a letter to President Obama urging him to withdraw his administration’s rule under the health care law requiring church-affiliated organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs despite moral objections.

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the contraception coverage mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act on family-owned companies like Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“I applaud this ruling because freedom of religion is a core American principle guaranteed by the First Amendment,” said Coats. “But while this ruling is a welcome positive step, religious freedom remains under attack across our country. Because the Court’s ruling applies only to a narrow group – family-owned, for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby – most faith-based organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions are still required to facilitate insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, despite their religious beliefs and moral objections.”

Those still impacted by the administration’s mandate are a large and diverse group that includes Indiana-based institutions like Grace College in Winona Lake and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Despite conscience objections and the university’s clearly outlined standards and values, Notre Dame was told by a federal appeals court earlier this year that it must comply with the Obamacare mandate.

“Requiring faith-based institutions and businesses to betray the fundamental tenants of their beliefs is, I believe, unconstitutional,” said Coats. “This protection of religious liberty means that all people of all faiths have the right to exercise their faith within the bounds of our justice system, even if their beliefs seem to some as misguided, flawed or flat out wrong.” 

Coats has supported every attempt to rescind Obamacare’s contraception regulations, including signing on to an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. In addition, Coats sent a letter to President Obama urging him to withdraw his administration’s rule under the health care law requiring church-affiliated organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs despite moral objections.

    

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