Missouri Lawmakers React to Ruling on Contraception Coverage

Posted on July 1, 2014 20:00 pm CDT

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WASHINGTON -- Monday's Supreme Court ruling about contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, is bringing reaction from Missouri lawmakers.  

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees' birth control.

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Legislators sent these responses, via email:

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo)

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is an important victory to protect Americans’ fundamental right of religious freedom. Americans should not be forced to choose between giving up their business for their faith or giving up their faith for their business. I applaud the Court’s decision today, which simply affirms the fundamental religious freedom that Americans have enjoyed for more than 220 years.”

Blunt previously authored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” and he led an effort to fight for Americans’ First Amendment rights by filing an amicus brief regarding Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The amicus brief was co-signed by a bipartisan group of 15 Senators and 71 House members. To read the amicus brief, click here. To read more about Blunt’s efforts to protect religious freedom, click here.

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo)

“Today is a great day for religious freedom in our country.  A health care law should not trample on the rights of Americans to freely exercise their deeply held religious beliefs.  Today the court ruled the president’s health care law goes too far in attempting to force Americans to check their religious beliefs at the door.”  

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo)

“I am extremely pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld one of our fundamental Constitutional freedoms - the First Amendment right to practice our religious beliefs without government forcing us to abandon those beliefs for political reasons. The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood, do not want the government to force them to provide health coverage that pays for something they find morally objectionable and an affront to their religious beliefs. This government mandate would have trampled on America's deeply held tradition respecting the freedom of conscience. Companies like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and others providing health coverage to their employees will be allowed to continue to do so without having to aid in those practices that they find morally objectionable. I applaud this ruling that upholds America's Constitutional rights and freedoms.”
Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo)

“Today’s landmark decision is a victory for religious liberty and Constitutional freedoms. The Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business,” said Smith. “I support the Court’s decision to uphold the religious freedoms of family-owned businesses. This decision reaffirms all American’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

State Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Mo)

“I'm encouraged to see the Supreme Court ruling in favor of worker freedom today. It's clear that union bosses have accumulated too much power when they feel comfortable arguing before the Supreme Court for the right to take money from mothers providing medical care for their own children. We need to extend legal protections against this type of behavior to all Missourians by implementing right to work."



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