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July 7, 2014

Supreme Court ruling highlights political disparity

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PORT ARTHUR —

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman said in a release that the Hobby Lobby ruling was a common sense decision.

“Clearly, no religious owners of a for-profit, closely-held corporation should be forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs and provide contraceptives to their employees,” he said. “The First Amendment forbids government from adopting laws that force citizens to betray their conscience.

“You cannot force people to buy you something that violates their beliefs, in this case birth control, simply because you want it. The belief people can be forced to buy you something that violates their beliefs is the height of arrogance, greed, selfishness and brute force.

“The Court rejected that tribal belief and upheld the ideas upon which this nation was founded. You are an individual and no one owns your mind or conscience.”



DEMOCRATS, WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS CONDEMN RULING

While Republicans claim victory for individual religious freedom, Texas Democrats and women's rights activists say the Supreme Court cannot grant freedom to company owners without stripping it away from employees.

Rep. Joe Deshotel said that the conservative justices — and more importantly, the companies that don't want to provide birth control options — did not think of the long-term consequences of their decision.

“These people who are against the preventative services mandate and providing insurance coverage that offers female contraceptives are stereotypically pro-life,” Deshotel said in a phone interview. “I'm pro-life too, meaning that I do not believe abortions should be used as birth control.

“However, by saying that they are uncomfortable providing birth control because they believe it causes abortion, these people will make the abortion rate increase. These companies aren’t realizing that their decision will have the opposite effect of what they want — by not providing birth control, abortions will rise.”

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