Cathi Herrod was on Faith Talk 1360′s Koinonia with Tom Brown to discuss the Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties win, where the United States Supreme Court said that under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely held private businesses cannot be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their insurance plans. In Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed religious freedom and the importance that every American should be free to live and work according to their faith. Cathi emphasizes the important distinction that Hobby Lobby did not want to provide abortion-causing drugs to their employees, but were willing to offer 16 out of 20 so-called contraceptives.
As CAP President Cathi Herrod said:
The attacks on SB 1062 show politics at its absolute worse. They represent precisely why so many people are sick of the modern political debate. Instead of having an honest discussion about the true meaning of religious liberty, opponents of the bill have hijacked this discussion through lies, personal attacks, and irresponsible reporting.
The truth about SB 1062 is much more simple. Please take a moment to read this letter sent to Governor Brewer from University of Virginia School of Law Professor Douglas Laycock and 10 other law professors, imploring the Governor to “make [her] decision on the basis of accurate information” and not on egregious misrepresentations made by critics.
“Some of us are Republicans; some of us are Democrats. Some of us are religious; some of us are not. Some of us oppose same-sex marriage; some of us support it. Nine of the eleven signers of this letter believe that you should sign the bill; two are unsure. But all of us believe that many criticisms of the Arizona bill are deeply misleading.”
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) released the Family Issues Voting Record today, reporting on how Arizona’s 90 state legislators voted on the issues of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. (more…)
Religious Freedom Wins: Governor signs HB 2625
Law protects religious employers from being forced being forced to violate their religious beliefs
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2625, which protects religious employers from being forced to violate their religious beliefs by covering abortion-inducing drugs or contraception in their insurance plans.
The new law puts Arizona more in line with other states that do not have restrictive government mandates requiring coverage for these medications. (more…)
The Arizona Senate passed HB 2625 today by a 17-13 vote, after members and the bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, agreed to amend the bill in a conference committee. HB 2625 protects religious employers from being forced to violate their religious beliefs and provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.
Under the proposed conference committee amendment, the religious exemption in Arizona will be expanded to include only organizations that have a religious mission in their articles of incorporation and that operate according to their religious principles. Essentially this means that, if passed, both churches and religious organizations, such as charities and other parachurch ministries, would be exempt from the government mandate.
Despite what Planned Parenthood and the bills’ opponents say, the impact of HB 2625 is not unfounded or rare. In fact, a majority of states will have less restrictive mandates than Arizona would under the bill. The graph below illustrates the impact of HB 2625:
The bill was passed with the agreement that the amendments will be added in conference committee early next week.
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