Secular Coalition Condemns SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Contraceptive Coverage Requirement
Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America today condemned the Supreme Court’s decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell cases. In a 5-4 decision, the Court said that the government failed to show that the mandate is the least restrictive means of advancing its interest in guaranteeing cost-free access to birth control.
The Supreme Court’s decision, announced today, affirmed an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby ruling and reversed the opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the Conestoga case.
Amanda Metskas, President of the Secular Coalition for America, said today’s decision by the court will allow employers to impose their religious beliefs on their employees and interfere with the employees’ personal health care decisions.
“This is a sad day for anyone who believes in true religious freedom. With this decision the Supreme Court set a terrible precedent for religious interference in individual choice,” Metskas said. “This decision allows for-profit business owners to impose their religious preferences and practices on their employees, leaving the religious freedom of millions of Americans at the mercy of their individual employers.”
The Secular Coalition for America will continue to work to strengthen the secular character of the government by educating lawmakers at both the federal and state levels.
CONTACT: Kelly Damerow, Director of Federal and State Affairs, Secular Coalition for America, 202-299-1091 ext. 204 (o), 202-630-0801 (c). Kelly will be available for interviews outside of the Supreme Court on Monday.
The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) organization that serves as the national lobby for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans. Composed of 16 diverse voting member organizations and over 175 associate, endorsing and allied organizations, SCA works to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. For more information, please visit www.secular.org.
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