March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s consideration of the contraception coverage mandate resulting from the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide birth control in their employee health plans at no charge.
“I stand with Hobby Lobby and similar organizations affected by the Obama administration’s mandate,” said Coats. “Freedom of religion is a core American principle, and we cannot pick and choose when to adhere to the Constitution and when to cast it aside in order to achieve political prerogatives. I hope the Supreme Court will strike down the administration’s mandate and rescind this attack on religious freedom.”
Today the Supreme Court heard lawsuits filed by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The owners of these two companies have religious objections to providing contraceptives.
Coats has supported every attempt to rescind Obamacare’s contraception regulations, including signing on to an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. In February 2012, Coats sent a letter to President Obama urging him to withdraw his administration’s rule under the health care law requiring church-affiliated organizations, charities, hospitals and educational institutions to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs despite moral objections.