“Today’s decision was a huge step for religious freedom, and for protecting the sanctity of life,” said Sen. Beavers. “Every American should take solace that the federal government cannot penalize or force a private company to subsidize drugs that cause abortions.”
The Supreme Court held that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held corporations with sincerely-held religious beliefs that life begins at conception cannot be substantially burdened by the government’s interest when there are less restrictive-means available for furthering that interest. The ruling concerned four types of contraceptive drugs that induce early abortions.
“Even though I continue to believe that Obamacare is unconstitutional and should be repealed by Congress, it is reassuring that the Supreme Court continues to reign in this terrible law, especially as it relates to protecting the sanctity of life,” said Sen. Beavers.
In addition to being one of Tennessee’s staunchest opponents to Obamacare prior to its passage, Sen. Beavers was also the sponsor of the Tennessee Health Freedom Act and Senate Joint Resolution 127, which will allow the citizens of Tennessee an opportunity to vote this November as to whether the legislature should be able to implement common-sense abortion restrictions, such as a 48-hour waiting period and requiring that all abortions be performed in an actual hospital.
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