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Florida reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling



The U.S. Supreme Court this morning issued a ruling in the widely-watched Hobby Lobby case, ruling some corporations do not have to provide birth control coverage.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R): “ObamaCare was written and passed with a clear disregard for the reality that millions of Americans are inspired by their faiths in all aspects of their lives, including the way entrepreneurs manage their businesses. In America, no one should be forced to violate their religious beliefs if they wish to run a business. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a re-affirmation of America’s commitment to religious freedom and a reminder of why ObamaCare is such a flawed law that needs to be entirely repealed and replaced.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, as chair of DNC: “I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have gained access to preventive services without out-of-pocket costs, including birth control. However, this decision takes money out of the pockets of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs. Nearly sixty percent of women who use birth control do so for more than just family planning."

Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City: “The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory for religious freedom and yet another blow to the President’s ill-conceived health care law. As a man of faith, I believe the American people should never be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs or violating the law. While I am pleased the court stood strong on the side of liberty, the fight to protect our constitutional rights continues against an administration that’s proven all too willing to ignore them.”

ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon: “We all have the right to our religious beliefs, but religious freedom does not mean the freedom to impose your beliefs on others or force others to conform to your beliefs. That is what today’s unfortunate ruling by the Supreme Court now allows. The court’s decision today was a huge step in the wrong direction, but the fight for women’s right to reproductive healthcare and against religion being used as a license to discriminate is far from over.”

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant: “Today, the Supreme Court took women’s rights backward, deciding that a woman’s boss can interfere in her most basic health care decisions. The fact is that access to affordable contraception is a basic right and a vitally important part of women’s health care — and is none of an employer’s business. It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting for women’s most basic rights, and that politicians like Rick Scott want to turn the clock back even further."

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist: “Today’s Supreme Court decision inserts an employer into a decision that women should be able to make without interference. And it will make healthcare more expensive and less available for Florida women. As bad as this decision is, if Rick Scott had his way, not only would contraception not be covered in Florida, but hundreds of thousands of women would lose their health insurance. Unlike Rick Scott, I trust women to make decisions about their health.”

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “I believe that every woman should be able to make her own health care decisions.  Unfortunately, the Court’s ruling has set a very dangerous precedent. We must continue to protect women’s rights in the face of these new threats to reproductive health services, and ensure that companies not be allowed to impose their views, religious or other, on their employees.”

State Attorney General Pam Bondi (R): “I am pleased with today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and other businesses,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Family-owned corporations such as Hobby Lobby have the right to run their businesses on religious principles, and the Affordable Care Act regulations violated their rights."

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami: “This decision is yet another attack on Americans’ ability to make their own health decisions and strips an element of women’s comprehensive health care. Health care decisions are deeply personal. Employers should not have the right to limit the health choices of their employees, male or female.”

[Last modified: Monday, June 30, 2014 9:44pm]


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