Washington, DC—Today the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument about forcing religious business owners and corporations to provide abortion-inducing drugs and devices and contraceptives to their employees. “Ignoring the free exercise rights, the Obama administration is using ObamaCare to compel employers to choose between adhering to their sincerely held religious beliefs or paying enormous fines,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief on behalf of Liberty University.
At issue is the fundamental right to free exercise of religion and intrusive governmental regulation. Employers such as Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Liberty University, which operate their businesses in accordance with religious principles that respect the sanctity and dignity of human life, are being told by the government that they must either abandon their principles and provide free abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees or pay exorbitant fines.
In its amicus brief Liberty Counsel asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the so-called “Preventive Care Mandate,” which includes abortion drugs and devices. “Subjecting employers to such extortion is antithetical to the free exercise protections recognized by the First Amendment,” Staver said.
Liberty Counsel filed the first private lawsuit against ObamaCare four years ago on behalf of Liberty University, the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation; the largest university in Virginia; and the largest Christian university in the world.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono legal assistance and representation on these and related topics.
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