U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the birth control mandate in Obamacare:
"Today's ruling is a significant victory for religious freedom. Forcing Americans to violate their deeply-held religious convictions flies in the face of our most basic first amendment rights. The government simply should not force employers to provide something they are morally opposed to. I'm pleased the court recognizes this important freedom in our Constitution."
Today's ruling involved two brothers who own an Ohio produce company. They were forced to provide access to services that they oppose on religious grounds or pay a fine up to $14 million.
Johanns has voiced strong concerns about Obamacare's lack of conscience protections since the law was being debated in 2009. He is a sponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would prohibit the health care law from requiring providers and employers to participate in services that go against their religious beliefs.