This month, a number of Members of Congress took to the House Floor to highlight the importance of religious freedom in our nation. They particularly focused on the affront to religious freedom in the controversial HHS mandate for coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), who led this effort, stated, “The HHS Mandate is also a form of discrimination. It 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.”
Also participating in this concentrated time highlighting religious freedom were Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN).
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 28, 2013