Lawmakers react to high court decision

Published 12:00am Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alabama lawmakers praised Monday’s Supreme Court decision that will allow employers with religious opposition to opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., said Monday she hopes the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding protection of Americans’ free exercise of religion over government mandate indicates more willingness from the judicial branch to rein in executive overreach from the Obama Administration.

“I hope this ruling helps correct the administration’s bad habit of using agency-level rule-making to interpret laws in such a way that fits its own pet policies,” Roby said. “This time they ran square into the First Amendment’s very clear protection of Americans’ free exercise of religion. However, there are many more instances in which the Obama Administration has attempted to accomplish through executive fiat what it could not enact legislatively. I hope we will see more willingness from the judicial branch to affirm the separation of powers that is so fundamental to our government.”

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., issued a statement saying, “I am glad to see that the Supreme Court rightfully recognized that religious liberties don’t end when a family owns a business.

“(Monday’s) decision is a victory for the American people and a rebuke of Obamcare’s attempt to undermine our constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom. I remain committed to protecting the First Amendment and will continue to advocate for the full repeal of this intrusive health care law.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that private, closely-held corporations such as Hobby Lobby cannot be compelled by the government to pay for employees’ contraceptive medication if it violates their religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4, with the majority citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which prohibits the government from burdening the free exercise of religion when there is a less restrictive way to achieve its goals.



  • impernail

    Chalk up another one for the hate-filled, bigoted group of social terrorists representing nothing but obstruction/destruction of anything “Obama”!
    One might wonder how much this ruling will save the Hobby Nobby, and other like-minded ‘closely held private corporations”, in employee insurance cost (zip?)! This verse and song we hear too often: denial of civil rights to the poorest Americans in order to enrich and glorify the selfish and greedy! All these pseudo-conservatives who support such social tyranny may eventually discover that the failure to include birth control coverage will cost every business insurance premium increases!

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  • starburst

    What a bunch of BS. We just keep roaring backward in time, abusing and removing women’s rights while spouting about less government interference. Soon we will be the country of the Extreme Right Taliban (can’t call it Christian). (AL Justice Roy Moore has shown how backward he is, saying freedom of religion is protected as long as it’s Christ based. How embarrassing) We really need more women in positions of power to rein in these abusers of freedom.

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