Transcript: Remarks by Attorney David Cortman on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius

Partial transcript of remarks by David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom and Counsel for Conestoga Woods, on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The press briefing was held after the Supreme Court oral arguments on March 25, 2014: I just wanted to say this is not about a corporation – a nameless, faceless organization.

This is about a family – a family who’s been pillars of their community for over 50 years of providing jobs to both men and women with good benefits and good insurance coverage.

And this is something they don’t separate when they go to work during the week. They live their lives and their faith throughout the week. They’re very generous in their charitable contributions. They live their faith every day of the week; they don’t separate it when they open up their family business.

I think it’s important here because this abortion pill mandate is an unprecedented intrusion in a private family business where the government dictates at the cost of severe and crippling fines and penalties that people should violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs when they decide to make a living.

And I’m pretty sure that when all of us make a living, we don’t forfeit our constitutional rights or our statutory free exercise rights and neither should the Hahns.


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