FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 25, 2014
Concerned Women for America Stands in Support of Religious Freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, stands in support of the Green and Hahn families at the United States Supreme Court. Concerned Women for America President and CEO, Penny Nance, said the cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, highlight the problems with the President’s HealthCare Law and the Health and Human Services Mandate.
“CWA has submitted its amicus brief in the ObamaCare HHS mandate cases at the Supreme Court joined by the Susan B. Anthony List and a coalition of almost 50 women state legislators, representing the voices of the millions of conservative women who are standing up for religious freedom against this attack from the Obama Administration. The brief reads in part:
‘The Mandate advances the interests of only that subset of women who value free abortion drugs above public goods such as religious freedom and limited government. The Mandate works against the interests of those free-minded, independent women whose personal, moral, and political values lead them to support a different balance of policy considerations.’
“We are honored to stand with such a distinguished group of people who value religious freedom as one of our most cherished constitutional rights. When religious groups are forced to deny their deeply held religious convictions, it is not called ‘balance’; it is called ‘tyranny.’
“As our brief says, ‘No one person, and certainly not the Government, speaks for the interests of all women, and the Mandate cannot be generalized as a measure that advances the interests of all women.’ This mandate would force Christian-owned and operated companies to provide the ‘morning-after pill’ and ‘week-after pill’ in its health insurance coverage, or face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
“The president’s healthcare law continues to attack and assault religious liberty and common sense. Requiring employers affiliated with the Christian faith, like Concerned Women for America and Hobby Lobby, to include free potential abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance plans runs contrary to both Christian doctrine and constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. We hope the Justices will heed our call and uphold religious liberty for the benefit of all, including women.”
CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute also submitted a brief highlighting the government’s failure to meet its burden to show that the mandate is needed to support a compelling government interest.
“A close examination of the Government’s evidence and arguments reveals how far short the Government has fallen from meeting its burden of demonstrating that imposition of the HHS Mandate on every health plan … furthers any compelling governmental interest, particularly the most frequently asserted interests of promoting women’s health and gender equity.”
If you would like an interview with Penny Nance, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, or a Concerned Women for America spokesperson, please contact Alison Howard at [email protected] or 202-266-4816.
Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with 500,000 participating members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders and over 30 years of service to our nation.
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