The Supreme Court agreed to review challenges to the HHS Mandate brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. These family- owned businesses are standing firm for the rights of business owners of for-profit businesses to exercise their religious convictions in the workplace. This decision will either protect religious freedom and preserve the original intent of the First Amendment, or reject an individual’s God-given right to live according to their convictions.
The Court consolidated the cases, which are expected to be argued and decided by the end of the Court’s term in June 2014.
In response to the Court’s announcement, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) issued the following statement:
Forbes: Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear HHS Mandate Cases Is Pivotal to Free Exercise of Religion in America
| “Today, the Supreme Court has accepted two cases of pivotal importance to the free exercise of religion in America. The First Amendment guarantees that we have freedom to live our lives according to our religious beliefs and moral convictions, free from government coercion. This freedom is not abandoned simply because an individual enters the stream of commerce. The HHS mandate is a directive from the Department of Health and Human Services. It is not part of the Affordable Care Act and it was not deemed by Congress to promote a compelling governmental interest. The Greens and the Hahns are supported in their claim by the First Amendment and by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As a nation, our laws should encourage and support—not penalize—citizens who seek to consistently adhere to their moral convictions.”
As of November 26, 2013, 85 cases have been filed challenging the HHS mandate. Of the 44 cases filed by for-profit businesses, 32 have received preliminary injunctions staying the effect of the mandate while the cases are pending. Only 6 businesses have been denied an injunction.
Congressman Forbes is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan group of 100 Members of Congress committed to defending America’s heritage of religious freedom.
Read the press releases of Alliance Defending Freedom and the Becket Fund. Also, read the results of a new survey released by Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom showing that a high percentage of voters who oppose the Obamacare HHS mandate.