Freedom for All: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Win!

30-Jun-2014 Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod

PHOENIX – “Every American should be free to live and work according to their faith – a fundamental principle affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court today. 

In an historic decision, the High Court affirmed religious freedom and said that under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely held private businesses cannot be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their insurance plans. 

This decision underscores the purpose of Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – to balance a compelling governmental interest with every American’s freedom to live and work according to their faith. The Court’s ruling exemplifies how the CAP-supported SB 1062 would have protected individual liberty, while protecting against unlawful abuse of religious freedom. 

Like the proposed SB 1062 would have affirmed, the Supreme Court said today that no one should be forced to surrender their First Amendment religious freedom protections merely because they start a business. 

Today’s decision is also a testament to courage. The Green family, who owns Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, who owns Conestoga Wood Specialties, withstood overwhelming criticism in defense of religious freedom, and in so doing, ensured every American’s religious liberty.

Being pregnant is not a disease, and abortion-causing drugs are not “healthcare.” It is unconscionable for the federal government to attempt to force people of faith to pay for these drugs. 

This is a decisive victory for religious freedom. Center for Arizona Policy is committed to carrying on our passionate defense of religious liberty for all. We will be analyzing this decision to determine what else can be done to strengthen religious freedom protections in Arizona.”

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