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Pro-life leaders rejoiced at the Supreme Court decision affirming religious freedom:
“In holding that the HHS mandate is unlawful, we reject HHS’s argument that the owners of the companies forfeited all RFRA protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprietorships or general partnerships.”
“These families’ stand for freedom benefits the many faith-based businesses faced with the same awful choice of deciding between their faith and livelihood. It also vindicates a higher principle, showing that government must tread carefully when it seeks to impose policies contrary to our most cherished rights.”
—Focus on the Family President Jim Daly
“We thank the courageous Hahn and Green families for standing strong. They have had to endure the abuse of the radical abortion lobby and others who say they respect diversity but, in fact, endorse and impose conformity. Their message that women want free abortifacient drugs – and that they value these drugs above religious liberty – is demeaning to all American women and will be rejected by voters nationwide this fall, Americans of faith and conscience have been vindicated and this will be a galvanizing moment for the vast majority of citizens who vehemently objected to this mandate and the elected leaders who thrust it upon us.”
—Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser
“I am proud that our Supreme Court has upheld the fundamental religious liberties of American citizens to engage in the free exercise of their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their day to day lives, in business as well as at home,” “Our Justices have affirmed that Americans must not be compelled to put aside their religious beliefs and values as a pre-condition to their entering into the sphere of commerce and making a living for themselves and their families.”
—Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society
“Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision. Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles. The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey.”
—Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby
“We in the Hahn family want to thank everyone who supported us during this lawsuit. We wholeheartedly affirm what the Supreme Court made clear today – that Americans don’t have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business. As I said at the beginning of this lawsuit, this effort wasn’t just for Conestoga. We took this stand for others as well. The administration has gone too far in disrespecting the freedom of Americans to live out their convictions.”
—Conestoga Wood Specialties President and CEO Anthony Hahn
“Hobby Lobby [and Conestoga Wood Specialities] refused to render to Caesar what belongs to God: their consciences. The Supreme Court agreed.”
—Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
“This is a much-needed victory for faith freedoms, because this administration continues its assault on the values of the faith community. We are witnessing increasing attempts by the government to coerce the faith community to adopt the government’s viewpoint in matters of conscience.”
—David Stevens, CEO of Christian Medical Association
“Today’s decision is a strong rejection of the Obama’s administration’s faulty argument that Americans’ religious freedom ends when they open a family business. The government cannot unreasonably force Americans to set aside their beliefs simply because they go into business to provide for themselves, their families, and their employees.”
— The Heritage Foundation’s Religious Liberty Policy Analyst Sarah Torre and Senior Legal Policy Analyst Elizabeth Slattery
“Today’s decision is a victory for common-sense as pro-life Americans do not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they open a family business or when they value unborn life.”
—Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest
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Liberty in America was affirmed and protected today as the United States Supreme Court sided with advocates for First Amendment freedoms, and rejected government overreach into the lives of those who own and operate businesses.
Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI) congratulates the Hahn Family, old-order Mennonites from Lancaster County and the founders and owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, who challenged the federal government’s contraceptive drug coverage mandate.
“The Hahns made it very clear from the start being forced to provide employee coverage for drugs that can cause an abortion would be a severe violation of their religious faith and conscience,” said Michael Geer, PFI President. “Today’s ruling will permit them to continue to operate their company, continue to provide and care well for their employees, and also maintain the rights of conscience and religious freedom that brought their ancestors to our shores,” added Geer.
Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Independence Law Center initiated the case on behalf of the Hahn family and Conestoga Wood Specialties in December 2012. Despite losses at the Federal District and Appeals Court levels, the Hahns stayed the course, understanding the significant liberty issues that were at stake.
At the Appeals court level, attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom joined with the Independence Law Center in supporting Conestoga Wood. At the Supreme Court, the case was combined with a similar challenge brought by Hobby Lobby, and attorneys from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty engaged on behalf of both parties.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute applauds the excellent teamwork and cooperation among the families, companies, organizations and attorneys that brought about today’s decision which affirms and protects our most precious liberties.
“We thank the many friends and supporters of Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Independence Law Center for their prayers and financial support that enables us to vigorously defend liberty,” said Michael Geer. “Your involvement and generosity was key to today’s win and will enable our continued vigilance on behalf of freedom.”
by the Pennsylvania Family Institute
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