June 30, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its historic decision in the Hobby Lobby case opposing Obamacare’s HHS mandate (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc). Texas Values praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding religious liberty and protecting the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for the coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child.
The mandate forces businesses to pay for potentially abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraception for their employees regardless of the owner’s religious beliefs. Currently, there are more than 90 other lawsuits, involving 300 plaintiffs and representing a broad coalition of faith backgrounds, opposing the mandate.
Over 50 briefs were filed in support of Hobby Lobby, including a bipartisan group of 107 members of Congress, 21 states (including Texas), leading scholars, doctors and women’s organizations, prominent Catholic and Protestant theologians and a diverse group of religious entities. See the list of briefs here.
Texas Values president and attorney Jonathan Saenz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision:
“This is a historic victory for religious freedom and it breathes restored life into the First Amendment. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom, protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. President Obama’s HHS Mandate empowers the government to force private business owners to violate their religious beliefs as a price of doing business and the high court rightly struck this down.”
Texas Values is the leading state organization promoting religious freedom in the state of Texas.
The court’s decision can be found here.