ALLOWING EMPLOYERS TO IMPOSE THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL ON WORKERS ISN’T RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Supreme Court’s Decision in Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Cases Will Determine Whether Employers’ Religious Beliefs Trump Deeply Held Beliefs of Their Workers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2014
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had this to say about today’s Supreme Court hearing in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases, which deal with the requirement that employer-provided health insurance include coverage for birth control:
“Today some are trying to redefine religious liberty in America to mean the freedom of employers to impose their religious beliefs on the personal decisions that their workers make. This radical view would subject all workers, regardless of their own deeply held personal beliefs, to their boss’s religious dictates. And if successful, these lawsuits would make it harder for women to make their own decisions about whether and when to have children.”
A February 2013 statewide poll for the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund found that 56 percent of registered voters in Texas oppose allowing employers to deny their workers insurance coverage for birth control.
The Texas Freedom Network is a religious liberties watchdog based in Austin. The nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders supports religious freedom, civil liberties and public education.