WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review in a group of cases involving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' regulatory mandate and accounting gimmick in which religious non-profits are forced to violate their beliefs by providing employees with drugs and devices that can destroy a human life.
Family Research Council's Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity, made the following statement in response:
"The willingness of the Obama Administration to disregard moral objections on the critical issues of life and death is deeply troubling. It is encouraging to see the Supreme Court take these cases, and imperative that the Justices get this issue right."
Family Research Council's Travis Weber, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, added:
"I urge the Justices to respect the rights of these religious organizations to practice their religion, which includes not being forced to offer drugs and devices that they find morally objectionable.
"These religious non-profits do a lot of great humanitarian work, yet have been threatened with crippling fines because they object to operating against their moral principles. The HHS mandate accounting gimmick threatens freedom of religion, a principle upon which America was founded.
"Our religious freedom laws provide protections for people of all faiths, in a variety of contexts. The Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, Christian colleges and universities, and other religious non-profits which morally object to providing drugs and devices that can cause abortions clearly fall within the realm of these protections," Weber concluded.