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June 30, 2014

SC politicians respond to Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that under the Affordable Care Act, some corporations do not have to provide employees with birth control they find objectional.

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that under the Affordable Care Act, some corporations do not have to provide employees with birth control they find objectional.

S.C. politicans responded to the 5-4 decision:

"The Supreme Court has upheld the proper limits on government’s power," said SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore. "The fact that Americans had to bring this case at all is just more evidence of how intrusive Obamacare really is - beyond failing to fix our healthcare system, Obamacare tramples our constitutional rights.”

“Today’s ruling is an important decision that advances religious freedom in our country,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston. “I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld all Americans’ rights to be guided by their faith, both in their personal lives and in their professional ones. This decision is also another example of the Supreme Court’s rebuke of the Obama Administration’s continued quest to overstep their power while trampling religious freedom in our country.

"As I tried - without much success - to explain to former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, this is not a political question, or even a medical question; it is a legal question,” said U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg. “Can government require people, including business owners, to violate their religious beliefs if a less restrictive alternative exists to accomplish the same governmental goal? And of course the answer to that question is "no." The real surprise this morning was that four Supreme Court Justices really believe requiring others to provide “free" contraception is less restrictive than government providing it itself."

“Sorry Mr. President, but people don't lose their 1st amendment rights just because they open a business. Great day for freedom! #HobbyLobby” -U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, tweeted.

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