Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Brief
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Kayla Moore, President for Foundation for Moral Law has issue this press release:
MONTGOMERY, AL: Today the Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal advocacy foundation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty and the U.S. Constitution as understood by its Framers, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their lawsuit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga have challenged provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require them to provide health insurance for their employees that includes contraception and abortifacients. Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and those associated with them claim the mandate violates their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.
The Foundation brief argues that the ACA is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate in violation of Article I Section 7 which requires that “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” It further argues that the ACA violates the Free Exercise Clause because it places employers in the dilemma of having to violate their religious beliefs or give up their right to do business as a corporation.
Foundation President Kayla Moore said, “The Obama Administration cannot have its cake and eat it too; they cannot claim that the ACA is justified as a tax under the Taxing and Spending Clause of Section 8 but that it is subject to Section 7’s constraints on taxation. The Framers insisted that taxes could be imposed only by the legislative body that directly represents the people who pay the taxes. That’s what the War for Independence slogan ‘No taxation without representation’ was all about.”