U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood vs. Sebelius legal challenge being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States today:
“The President’s health care law forces Americans to choose between submitting to unnecessary federal mandates or violating the tenants of their religious faith. Our Constitution demands the freedom for every American to freely practice their religion; in fact, that right is named before all others. Thomas Jefferson said, “No provision in our constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the right of conscience against the enterprises of civil authority.” He knew that our diverse society’s religious beliefs could not be dictated by a central government, and that’s as true today as it was over 200 years ago.
“The President is using his law to punish companies who are trying to do the right thing by paying their workers high wages and generous benefits, including providing comprehensive health care. All they want is to be free to follow their conscience by not participating in the purchase of drugs and devices that terminate the life of an unborn child.
“The President has given exemptions for political reasons, but is choosing to lay job-killing fines on those that believe in protecting the sanctity of life. In America, being a job creator should not mean you can no longer live and work according to your beliefs. This is not equal treatment under the law and violates the civil rights of these American families.”