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Congressman Trent Franks

Representing the 8th District of Arizona

Constitution Subcommittee Chair Praises Hobby Lobby Ruling

July 2, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, today issued the following response to the United States’ Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

George Washington said of government, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” That the government would not merely tell a private business how it should operate, but would demand that a private business violate their religious convictions to provide government-mandated abortifacients is not something our founders could have ever envisioned.

Unfortunately, that is the Obama legacy, and it can be summed up pretty succinctly: more babies aborted than jobs created. This Administration has consistently and unconscionably implemented policies across the board that negatively impact the most vulnerable in our society.

I am thankful the Supreme Court saw reason in this case and that the basic rights of conscience and religious freedom – the very foundation of American democracy – withstood these galling and outrageous attacks from the Obama administration.

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