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Congress addresses religious freedom cases

March 26, 2014

Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) speaks out on a Supreme Court religious liberty case involving a constituent family.

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The War on Hobby Lobby

National Review Online commentary by Rich Lowry

March 25, 2014

The truth is that the Obama administration wants to bring Hobby Lobby to heel as a matter of principle. In its pinched view of religion, faith should be limited as much as possible to the pews. In its attenuated regard for civil society, it believes government should overawe any person, business, or institution whose beliefs run counter to officially sanctioned attitudes.

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The Hill commentary by Ashley McGuire

March 25, 2014

One of the central arguments of the Obama administration's lawyers is that one cannot concurrently pursue a profit and have values, especially when those values are religious by nature. In one related case, the Department of Justice said, "Plaintiffs' challenge rests largely on the theory that a for-profit, secular corporation...can claim to exercise a religion and thereby avoid the reach of laws designed to regulate commercial activity. This cannot be." That's fancy speak for, "If you turn a profit, say good-bye to your constitutional rights."

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Rep. Black Holds Press Conference on HHS Mandate

Video - Office of Rep. Diane Black

March 25, 2014

Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) held a press conference following Supreme Court oral arguments in the landmark cases Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius. Other Members who participated were Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Vicki Hartzler (R-MO), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Kevin Brady (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK) and Joe Pitts (R-PA). Congressman Black is the author of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act.

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Hobby Lobby Recap: Kennedy the Swing Vote, But Breyer Wavers Too

National Review Online commentary by Carrie Severino

March 25, 2014

Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases challenging the HHS contraceptive mandate. Defenders of religious liberty have much to be optimistic about in today's arguments, but the outcome is far from clear. The justices' questions broke down along typical liberal/conservative lines - Justice Kennedy offered questions on both sides, but Justice Breyer had a few comments that were surprisingly harsh to the government.

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Families fighting Obamacare's assertion of "pill-level power"

FOX News commentary by Jonathan Imbody

March 25, 2014

By transferring massive power to the administration's federal bureaucracy, Obamacare snatched away decision-making power not only from employers, but also from patients and physicians. Obamacare empowered ideologically driven Obama administration officials to make myriad healthcare decisions for us and our employers, literally down to the level of specific pills. The audacity of this pill-level government decision-making was exposed in the mandate under Obamacare that prescribes the provision of 20 specific contraceptives. The government-mandated, no-exceptions list includes four especially controversial items (Plan B, ella and two intrauterine devices--IUDs) that the FDA notes can end the life of a developing human being.

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TRANSCRIPT: Oral arguments Supreme Court - HHS mandate

March 25, 2014

Justice Kennedy (p. 75): "Under your view, a profit corporation could be forced in principle, there are some statutes on the books now which would prevent it, but could be forced in principle to pay for abortions."

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Uphold religious liberty: Opposing view

USA Today commentary by Cathy Cleaver Ruse

March 25, 2014

Millions of Americans are losing their health plans as Obamacare takes effect. Waiting for your cancellation notice has become the modern-day equivalent of waiting for your draft number to come up. The Department of Health and Human Services' mandate of early abortion pill and birth control coverage will only make things worse. It threatens the jobs, health plans and livelihood of millions of Americans.

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Obama Administration Suffers A Drubbing In Hobby Lobby Arguments

March 25, 2014

An even bigger problem is the sheer contentiousness of contraception, especially morning-after pills and other methods that some say can cause the abortion of fertilized eggs and fetuses. At one point Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote the Obama administration needs to win this case, asked Verrilli if "under your reasoning, a profit corporation could be required to pay for abortions."

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Hobby Lobby case creates unexpected allies in Dershowitz and Starr

Washington Post

March 25, 2014

The two convened at the Willard Hotel on Monday, the day before oral arguments in the case were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a delightful back-and-forth punctuated by yarns and anecdotes, the two legal luminaries affirmed at least two points of agreement: (1) separation of church and state is good for religion; (2) corporations are people and people are corporations (echo Mitt Romney?) and, therefore, Hobby Lobby should be permitted an exemption from the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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