Thursday, November 12, 2015

Congressman Forbes Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Hear Obamacare Challenges from Faith-Based Organizations

November 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision on Friday to hear challenges from faith-based nonprofits to the Affordable Care Act's Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, which requires religious ministries and nonprofits to provide insurance coverage for potentially abortion-inducing drugs:

"Essential to human dignity is the ability to live by one's moral convictions and not be coerced by the government to compromise those convictions. As Americans, we don't check our faith at the door when we enter the public square. Forcing faith-based organizations to provide coverage that they deem morally objectionable – or pay punitive fines – contradicts this core, constitutional right. I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to hear these challenges to Obamacare's HHS mandate and urge a decisive reinforcement of every American's freedom to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government."

The challenges the Supreme Court agreed to hear include parts of seven different cases from religious non-profit institutions, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who have dedicated their lives to serving the elderly poor, and five Christian colleges in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania that are seeking to live by the same faith that drives the mission and teaching of their educational institutions.

Congressman Forbes is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of members who engage the legislative process to protect free exercise for Americans of any faith or no faith.