WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and others reacted Tuesday to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies can refuse to provide contraceptive coverage based on their religious beliefs.
• Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “Tuesday's Supreme Court announcement is another positive step for Hobby Lobby in their legal battle against this administration's infringement of religious beliefs. No federal administration has the right to supersede the faith and beliefs of other Americans, based on the preferences and opinions of government leaders.”
• Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “I applaud the Supreme Court's announcement Tuesday to review Obamacare's mandate on employers to cover contraceptive and abortion inducing drugs. Despite being faced with millions of dollars in fines by the federal government, David Green and his company, Hobby Lobby, have honorably challenged the government's ability to infringe on the religious liberty and right of conscience for every American. Our Supreme Court judges must weigh this case with the recognition it will be a pivotal decision for the future of religious freedom in our nation.”
• House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, of California: “The Affordable Care Act puts families and individuals in charge of their own health care decisions and places a priority on preventive care for America's patients. For women, that means comprehensive coverage of the full array of women's health services — all of which are covered under health reform. When the Supreme Court hears this case, the choice must be clear: Health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not by her boss, by insurance companies or by Washington politicians.”
• Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.: “Allowing a woman's boss to call the shots about her access to birth control should be inconceivable to all Americans in this day and age. But what's at stake in this case is whether a CEO's personal beliefs can trump a woman's right to access free contraception under the Affordable Care Act. We can't allow legal precedent to dictate that the personal beliefs of those in positions of power can block those who aren't from making their own health care decisions. That is a slippery slope that could lead to bosses dictating everything from an employee's ability to access HIV treatment to their ability to vaccinate their children.”
• Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt: “The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review Hobby Lobby's legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the company, the Green family and for all of us engaged in the fight to protect religious liberty. Our Founding Fathers created a system to protect Americans' religious freedom from an overbearing and intrusive government. It's clear the health care law's ‘contraception mandate' goes against that very notion by requiring religious groups to violate their lawful beliefs and practices.”