FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2014 Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Religious Freedom Victory
June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Catholic Women praised today's landmark
ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby
Lobby, protecting the conscience rights of individuals who own family businesses and who
object to being forced to violate their religious beliefs by including coverage for sterilizations,
contraception and potentially life-terminating drugs in their company health insurance plans.
NCCW President Rebecca Woodhull praised the ruling this morning from her home in
Springfield, Illinois: "The Supreme Court has delivered one of the most significant victories for
religious freedom in our generation. Justice has indeed prevailed, as Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz,
president of the USCCB, stated today. As women and as faithful members of the Catholic
Church, we applaud the Supreme Court in upholding the rights of individuals not to be forced to
violate their consciences under threat of steep fines.
“The Health and Human Services mandate, which forced individuals who own family businesses
to provide their employees coverage that directly conflicts with their deeply held religious beliefs
or else face crippling fines, was often praised in the name of furthering women’s equality. Yet
there is no evidence that ingesting harmful chemicals or potentially life-terminating drugs is
overall in the best interest of women and children,” Woodhull stated. “Furthermore, religious
liberty is a fundamental freedom valued by all Catholic women.
“We are thankful the Supreme Court has deemed the HHS mandate unlawful and supports the
religious freedom of individuals who own small businesses in protecting their right not to violate
The decision is a victory for the Green family that owns Hobby Lobby and the Hahn family who
owns Conestoga, a cabinet making company, who had challenged the HHS mandate saying it
forced them to either violate their religious beliefs or pay crippling fines.
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through its membership to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality,
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