American Catholics for Religious Freedom released the following statement today in response to a ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denying a injunction against the enforcement of controversial sections of Obamacare for employers who object on religious or moral grounds to providing contraceptive coverage and other drugs to employees. The emergency appeal was filed in response to a 10th Circuit ruling that also denied an injunction request.
“In suggesting that the need for an injunction by Hobby Lobby and Mardel, just days away from the levying of extensive enforcement penalties, was not “indisputably clear,” Justice Sotomayor flatly ignores the rights of conscience of all Americans. Come next week, the owners of these businesses will be forced by our government to provide insurance coverage they believe on both religious and moral grounds to be reprehensible.”
“Sotomayor’s contention that these companies must comply now because they can seek relief at another time and in other courts is a slap in the face of people of faith who are being coerced into violating their deeply-held beliefs. She ignores the simple fact that complying with the law will in and of itself result in violations of conscience unacceptable to the people involved. This ruling demonstrates clearly that the government’s disrespect for the Catholic Church and people of faith is perhaps one of the most pressing issues of our time requiring the action and attention of everyone American who values Freedom of Religion.”