Coats Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today praised the Supreme Court’s ruling that the contraception coverage mandate resulting from the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional for family-owned companies like Hobby Lobby.

“Freedom of religion is a core American principle guaranteed by the First Amendment, and today the Supreme Court affirmed that this administration cannot pick and choose when to adhere to the Constitution,” said Coats. “Employers like Hobby Lobby should not be forced to take actions contrary to their moral and religious beliefs. While I celebrate today’s ruling, religious freedom remains under attack across our country. Whether it is faith-based Hoosier food banks and homeless shelters or the University of Notre Dame, we are seeing the free exercise of religion constrained and restricted in too many instances. I will continue to stand up for these fundamental rights.”

The Supreme Court today ruled on lawsuits filed by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The owners of these two companies have religious objections to providing some contraceptives.

Coats has supported every attempt to rescind Obamacare’s contraception regulations, including signing on to an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. In February 2012, Coats sent a letter to President Obama urging him to withdraw his administration’s rule under the health care law requiring church-affiliated organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs despite moral objections.

POSTED: 06/30/14 at 1:05 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, Church