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Garrett: Contraception Mandate Should Have Never Been Proposed In First Place


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, issued the following statement today after the Obama announced that it would rethink its decision mandating religious employers that provide group health insurance to cover all forms of contraception, regardless of the tenets of their faith:

"While I am glad to see the administration retreat from this misguided policy, it's disappointing that it took political pressure, and not regard for the Constitution, to cause President Obama to act. It's shocking to me that we even had to have this debate in the first place. The First Amendment explicitly protects the free exercise of religion, and to require faith-based employers to contradict their beliefs by order of the federal government clearly violates the right of religious liberty.

"The initial decision by the president to require religious employers to provide contraceptives, which goes against Catholic teachings, demonstrates a categorical disregard for conscience. Moreover, their breach upon the First Amendment represents a larger trend of this administration's constant assault on the Constitution, and it must be stopped. It is my sincere hope that our fight to restore the Founders' vision does not end here."

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