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Democrats File Bill to “Overturn” Supreme Court Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby
life news ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 07/09/2014 5:32:55 PM PDT by Morgana

As promised, Senate Democrats filed legislation today to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare. The high court issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.

hobbylobby6The court ruled that the contraception mandate violated the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, a 1993 law and it held that the mandate “substantially burdens the exercise of religion” and that HHS didn’t use the “least restrictive means” to promote this government interest, tests required by RFRA.

“HHS’s contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion,” the decision reads, adding that the “decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates.” The opinion said the “plain terms of Religious Freedom Restoration Act” are “perfectly clear.”

Now, Senate Democrats want to change the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a way that would force companies to pay for birth control, contraception and those abortion-causing drugs.

Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), both abortion advocates, are behind the new legislation and they said, “The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act would ban employers from refusing to provide health coverage — including contraceptive coverage — guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law.”

“After five justices decided last week that an employer’s personal views can interfere with women’s access to essential health services, we in Congress need to act quickly to right this wrong,” Murray said. “This bicameral legislation will ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to health care, period. I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decisions, about their own health care and their own bodies.”

Not one Senate Republican has signed on to the legislation, which pro-life groups will undoubtedly strenuously oppose. House Republicans will not take up the bill, making it so the legislation will not reach President Barack Obama, an abortion advocate who would sign it into law.

In their ruling, the Supreme Court indicated Congress could change the law to require businesses t pay for the birth control and abortion drugs.

“There are other ways in which Congress or HHS could equally ensure that every woman has cost-free access to the particular contraceptives at issue here and, indeed, to all FDA-approved contraceptives,” the opinion concluded.

“The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs,” read the opinion.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy joined in the majority decision. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion saying that government itself could provide the coverage for contraception and the abortion-causing drugs if a company declines to do so.

But, Americans oppose the HHS mandate and its pro-abortion requirements.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s decision this week that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.

“Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs,” the poling firm reports about its new national survey.

A December 2013 Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans disagree with forcing companies like Hobby Lobby to obey the mandate.

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“Half of voters now oppose a government requirement that employers provide health insurance with free contraceptives for their female employees,” Rasmussen reports.

The poll found: “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient.

Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say employers should not be required to provide health insurance with this type of coverage. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.”

Another recent poll found 59 percent of Americans disagree with the mandate.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: abortion; hobbylobby; prolife

1 posted on 07/09/2014 5:32:55 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

If you have no better option then doubling down on stupid is your only option and these clowns have had a lot of experience doing that.


2 posted on 07/09/2014 5:35:06 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Surgeon General Warning: Operation of Government Motors vehicles may be hazardous to your health)
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To: Morgana

DOA in the House.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 5:35:55 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Morgana

democrats trying to fire up their mentally deficient base with “war on woman” nonsense.


4 posted on 07/09/2014 5:36:02 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (liberalism is a cancer that destroys everything it gets control of.)
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To: Morgana

It’s just a political ploy for the inevitable shrieking in October that the House Republicans hate women. At this point only the True Believers are even listening to that stuff anymore.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 5:37:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: RetiredTexasVet

The Commie boobs ignore the First Rule of Holes.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 5:37:54 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Morgana

point this out to others everytime this is a discussion:

hobby lobby provides 80% of contraceptives democrats want to force on everyone,

and it’s still not enough, to the point the democrats are going batshit crazy and screaming this is the end of the world for women.

they can’t tolerate getting 80% of what they want. they are literally going crazy and acting like they get zero b/c they don’t get 100% forced compliance.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 5:38:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Morgana

Can’t be done.....Idiots!!


8 posted on 07/09/2014 5:38:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Secret Agent Man

if someone then says so what, ask them to explain how this is at all reasonable, or not a winning compromise for their side?


9 posted on 07/09/2014 5:39:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Morgana

The ‘RAT baby killers appear to be upset about something. LOL! What a bunch of Nazi losers.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 5:39:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Morgana

So Democrats have written a bill that would force Christians to pay for other people’s ABORTIONS!

Make sure you let everyone know!!


11 posted on 07/09/2014 5:40:00 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Morgana

Democrats actions, translated:

“You WILL do as WE say! WE are your overlords! You have NO freedoms unless WE say you do! We love chaos...we love disorder...we love death...and we HATE HATE HATE those cursed Christians!”

A mass cleansing is needed of Congress AND the White House.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 5:41:22 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Morgana

Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174342/posts


13 posted on 07/09/2014 5:41:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Cubs Fan
"democrats trying to fire up their mentally deficient base with “war on woman” nonsense."

For as long as females are allowed to vote in America, "nonsense" is a winning strategy!

UNITED STATES OF VAGINA!

14 posted on 07/09/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Morgana

How many times have the Democrats accused Republicans of filing bills that are simply “political posturing” because they “have no chance of becoming law?”


15 posted on 07/09/2014 5:44:28 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

16 posted on 07/09/2014 5:47:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Title of article should be:

DEMOCRATS SUBMIT BILL TO FORCE COMPANY TO PAY FOR BABY KILLING PILLS


17 posted on 07/09/2014 5:48:15 PM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Bullish

This bill is theater for the democrat base. Designed to energize their voters in the upcoming presidential elections. That’s all this is.


18 posted on 07/09/2014 5:53:57 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: subterfuge

and abortions too


19 posted on 07/09/2014 5:56:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Morgana
"...women’s access to essential health services,"

Therein lies the problem. This is NOT about "health services". This is NOT about health in any way. It's simply about people demanding that others provide for their sexual proclivities.

I don't care what anyone does behind closed doors, but I don't believe I should pay for their fun. Sheesh, buy a condom at Walmart or at 7/11. If not, than buy birth control pills for about $10 a month anywhere. This is such a non-problem that the Dims have created. And yet the GOPe just sit there so as not to offend the feminists.

20 posted on 07/09/2014 6:08:43 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Morgana

One word, FASCISM!!!!


21 posted on 07/09/2014 6:35:17 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Morgana
Here's my question:

The next time some homosexual "couple" walks into a Christian owned bakery and demands the Christian bake a cake for their "wedding" .... is there a reason the Christian owned bakery (or any other business for that matter) cannot use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to refuse to do so because doing so would violate their religious freedom?

Seems to me they certainly should be able to based on the USSC ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

Methinks it's high time to turn the tables on those who insist on propagating their evil.

22 posted on 07/09/2014 6:39:05 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: nascarnation

Someone needs to photoshop that so it has truth in advertising. She’s a slut. The “standwithsandra.org” really needs to say “sleepwithsandra.org” or “sleptwithsandra.org” or “hadsexwithsandra.org” ....THAT would be truth in advertising!!!


23 posted on 07/09/2014 6:42:19 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Morgana; All

Do they think they can over turn the Constitution by the vote of Congress???


24 posted on 07/09/2014 7:53:05 PM PDT by Nifster
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