November 26, 2013
Contact:   Rev. Rob Keithan
Director of Public Policy, RCRC
202.628.7700 x28

Supreme Court Must Reject Attempt to Distort Religious Liberty

Washington, DC — Following today’s announcement by the Supreme Court that they will be granting cert in two cases regarding a business owner’s religious objections to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius), Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, released the following statement:

“In these and other cases, opponents of birth control are trying to turn religious liberty into a weapon so they can impose their religious beliefs on others. Speaking as a Christian, a minister and the leader of a multi-faith organization, I say this in return: true religious liberty is a shield, not a sword. It should protect the right of every individual to make personal decisions according to her own religious values. In twenty-first century America, no woman should be denied access to birth control because of her bosses’ religious objections. That’s why the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and ten other national religious organizations filed friend-of-the-court briefs in each of these cases supporting the birth control mandate, and why we will continue this fight at the Supreme Court.”

“Most religious traditions in this country—and the vast majority of religious people—support the use of birth control as a moral good. Indeed, 99% of all women in the United States will use it at some point in their reproductive lives. Birth control is common sense healthcare that offers tremendous benefits for women, families, and our nation as a whole. For the sake of public health and true religious liberty, I pray the Supreme Court will rule in favor of allowing every person to make decisions about birth control according to their own religious values.”


Additional Background:

Religious support for the contraceptive mandate has been and remains strong.

In February 2012, the leaders of 29 national religious organizations signed a statement expressing “our collective belief that the Obama Administration’s policy around healthcare coverage of contraception respects a critical principle of religious freedom: that every woman must be able to exercise her own moral agency. In particular, every woman has the right to make her own decisions about health care, including reproductive health care, guided by her own conscience, faith tradition, or religious or moral views.”



The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is a national community of religious organizations and faithful individuals dedicated to reproductive justice. Through education, organizing and advocacy, RCRC seeks to elevate religious voices wherever faith, policy and our reproductive lives intersect.
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