Senator Scarnati Applauds Ruling in Obamacare Religious Freedom Case

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), today, announced his support for a U.S. District Court ruling on Thursday which delayed the implementation of certain mandates contained in Obamacare on the Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie.

The two religious groups had challenged a controversial provision of the Obamacare law which would have required that their employees be offered health insurance to cover contraception and abortions.

In his ruling U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab found that “requiring schools and charities to comply with those Affordable Care Act mandates could result in decreased donations, loss of employees and fines that could force the closure of some church programs.”

“Judge Schwab’s decision is a major victory not only for the Catholic Dioceses, but for all Pennsylvanians,” Scarnati proclaimed.  “No individual, organization or employer should be forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.”

“Religious Freedom is one of the founding principles of our nation and our forefathers clearly recognized this in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Scarnati continued.

“The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion,” Scarnati said.  “Unfortunately that is exactly what Democrats in Congress and President Obama have done through this portion of Obamacare.”

“Americans are tired of all the broken promises coming from President Obama and his administration,” Scarnati stated.  “The implementation of Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster and it’s time for Congress to repeal this deeply flawed law.”

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