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Rep. Black Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenge to Obamacare’s HHS Mandate

Nov 6, 2015 Issues: Pro-Life

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and author of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge from religious nonprofits to Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. The mandate requires religious ministries and nonprofits to provide insurance coverage for potentially abortion-inducing drugs. Black released the following statement:

 “We have known all along that Obamacare’s HHS mandate is a flagrant violation of religious freedom and I am pleased that the courts will now have an opportunity to right this wrong,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Under this discriminatory law, countless nonprofits and ministries from Little Sisters of the Poor to Priests for Life face an impossible choice: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face punishing fines that will undoubtedly force them to close their doors. Being an American has always meant enjoying the freedom to live by the dictates of one’s faith both at home and in the public square. The Supreme Court must act to ensure this is true once more. While we prayerfully await this critical decision,  I continue to urge passage of my bill, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would offer full exemption from this coercive mandate once and for all.” 

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees