Today, Liberty Counsel is filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. “Ignoring the free exercise rights, the Obama administration has enacted regulations that compel employers to choose between their sincerely held religious beliefs or face enormous fines,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Liberty Counsel filed the first private lawsuit against ObamaCare on behalf of Liberty University, the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation; the largest university in Virginia; and the largest Christian university in the world.
At issue is the fundamental right to free exercise of religion and intrusive governmental regulation. Employers such as Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and Liberty University, which operate their businesses in accordance with religious principles that respect the sanctity and dignity of human life, are being told by the government that they must either abandon their principles and provide free abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees or pay exorbitant fines.
Liberty Counsel is asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the so-called “Preventive Care Mandate,” which includes abortion drugs and devices. “Subjecting employers to such extortion is antithetical to the free exercise protections recognized by the First Amendment,” Staver said.
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