Members of the House of Representatives recently participated in a bi-partisan series of speeches to highlight the importance of conscience protections and the devastating impact of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on religious freedom. You can watch all eleven speeches here.
In his opening remarks, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) stated the HHS mandate “primarily targets people in faith communities. The very people who have been the backstop of compassionate care for the poor and the vulnerable and the marginalized in our society today.”
Now, more than 60 different lawsuits (from over 200 plaintiffs*) have been filed by hospitals, charities, religious colleges, and other for-profit institutions against this unlawful HHS mandate.
Representative Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) believes we have entered dangerous territory, if we allow federal bureaucracies to force many religious organizations to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, or pay crippling fines.
* The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty currently represents: Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, Ave Maria University, and Belmont Abbey College.