Hobby Lobby Case Update
by Pete Sessions on March 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case. The case addresses whether the ObamaCare “contraceptive mandate” infringes on Americans’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Currently, ObamaCare requires that employers provide health insurance for their employees that includes coverage for contraception and abortifacients. Companies that do not comply with the mandate will be forced to pay crippling fines that could force them to lay off employees or close their businesses entirely. However, this mandate violates the deeply held religious beliefs of many companies, including Hobby Lobby. These companies rightfully argue that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exempts them from mandates like the contraception mandate that violate their religious beliefs.
Our laws should not force individuals to violate their conscience and their religious beliefs, which is why I believe that the Supreme Court should rule in favor of Hobby Lobby. In the fight to protect religious freedom and the sanctity of life, I will continue working with my colleagues to support policies that protect life and our freedom of conscience and religion.