DALLAS, Texas, June 30, 2014 – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) of America ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Affordable Health Care for America Act violates closely held corporations’ rights under the First Amendment. Under the ruling of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS has established a legal precedent that companies are granted the same liberties as individuals under the Constitution.
Below are statements from prominent religious and political leaders regarding the ruling:
Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and licensed to practice law before SCOTUS
“The Court should be commended for recognizing that individuals do not surrender their religious freedom rights when they incorporate as a closely held, for profit business. A family-owned business—even a for-profit corporation such as Hobby Lobby—has religious freedom rights because members of the family do. A ruling against Hobby Lobby would’ve meant that the government could require pro-life business owners to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through company health plans. That unconscionable conclusion is—thankfully—avoided by today’s ruling.”
Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
“By ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court affirmed the distinct God-given right of conscience and religious freedom, which empowers the individual to embrace life, advance liberty and pursue happiness without having to sacrifice faith or conscience on the altar of expediency. For that matter, I do believe that while this outcome validates this fundamental right, the many threats in both culture and society make religious liberty the quintessential civil rights issue of the 21st century. For people of faith, this decision requires both celebration and a renewed commitment to vigilance, as today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity.”
Rick Santorum
Former U.S. Senator and CEO of EchoLight Studios, which will release “One Generation Away,” a film examining religious freedom that includes interviews about the Hobby Lobby case, in September
“The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare’s contraception mandate is a tremendous victory for our freedom of conscience. I’m proud of the Green and Hahn families for holding true to their core convictions and standing up to Obamacare’s intrusive contraception and abortion coverage mandate. The Hobby Lobby and the Conestoga Wood Specialties businesses were built on people living out the American dream, and their owners should not have to check their religious beliefs at the door. For the moment, the Court has restored a vital piece of the Constitution that President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi attempted to deny working Americans ‘the free exercise’ of religion. Today is a great day for all Americans.”
Brian Fisher
President and Co-Founder of Online for Life
“I applaud the Supreme Court for ruling in favor of private companies and their owners to exercise their freedom of religion. No person or entity should be forced to provide baby-killing drugs to their employees. My hope and prayer is that our government will take further steps to stop the on-going killing of unborn children. Let’s return to a country that genuinely abides by its own Declaration of Independence and protects the right to live for every American human being.”
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