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Ohio Right to Life Statement Regarding the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

6/30/2014, 9:42 p.m.

"Today the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and Obamacare cannot violate Americans' religious freedoms. Specifically, Obamacare cannot force employers and taxpayers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. Of course, if an employer wants to offer an insurance plan that covers abortions and contraception, then they are free to do so. However, our government cannot force anyone to participate if it violates their Christian beliefs. We thank President Bill Clinton for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law during the 1990s. The Supreme Court today upheld RFRA which protects the conscience rights of all Americans."

"Ohio Right to Life is grateful for Attorney General Mike DeWine's advocacy to defend Americans' religious liberty and pro-life values. Mike DeWine's national leadership role ensured that our conscience rights were protected to ensure that no pro-life person or entity should have to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for someone else."

"American business owners should not have their religious freedom put in jeopardy when they choose to remain true to their consciences and religious values. If an employee desires additional insurance to what their employer provides, he or she is permitted to purchase an insurance rider for specific desires."

Please direct any further questions to Laura Beth Kirsop, Director of Communications, at 614-547-0099 ex. 309.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.