‘The First Amendment guarantees the freedom to pursue our religious beliefs’
By – John Grimaldi
WASHINGTON, DC, June 30 – “The Supreme Court today affirmed the premise that religious freedom is, indeed, a right guaranteed by the Constitution—even for the owners of privately held companies,” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said.
In a statement issued shortly after the court ruled that Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties and other closely held companies cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees, he said it was “a big win all Americans because it upheld our First Amendment rights.”
Weber said in his statement that: “The Obamacare contraceptive mandate was created not by Congress, but by non-elected officials in the Health and Human Services Administration. It was reprehensible for that reason and for the reason that it forced employers who had deeply held convictions regarding to, in effect, pay birth control, including pills that can kill a fetus after conception.”
The AMAC chief explained that the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in March 2010 without a single Republican vote, required that all health insurance plans had to provide unspecified “preventive services.” It wasn’t until six months later that the Health and Human Services Administration put contraception on that list of services. Weber noted that when that happened “even some Democrats objected saying they would not have voted for the law if they had known it would include such a mandate.”
“The proponents of the contraception mandate have taken the position that religious people have no right to impose their views on non-believers. But it doesn’t give non-believers the right to force their views regarding contraception and abortion on those who have strong religious convictions. The Founding Fathers saw fit in the very first amendment to the Bill of Rights to ensure that government could not prohibit the free exercise of religion under any circumstances. They guaranteed the freedom to pursue our religious beliefs. Thus, we owe it to ourselves, our children and future generations to preserve all, not some, of our freedoms.” Weber, who is an outspoken advocate of Constitutional law, concluded.
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