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Smith Co-Sponsors Respect for Rights of Conscience Act


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith released the following statement today:

"The Obama administration is threatening the foundation of religious freedoms that America was built on with their decision to require all employers, including faith-based organizations, to provide contraceptive coverage.

"All citizens should be free to practice their religious beliefs. This drastic government overreach could have far-reaching consequences. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. This legislation amends the health care law to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious belief of the sponsor or issuer. I will continue fighting to protect the constitutional rights of religious organizations in this country."

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