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Defends court ruling

To the editor:

I am quite sure that those who read or watch the media have seen the debate to the Hobby Lobby decision. I feel that I need to straighten out what others are saying using information from the Becket Fund.

Hobby Lobby’s owners have no moral objection to 16 types of contraception, only the few that are abortifacients. Hobby Lobby covers all 16 HHS-required contraceptive methods that have not demonstrated risk of destroying a newly created human life and and also includes sterilizations for women.

As Becket Fund’s Mark Rienzi says in an article: "No one can deny that the issues in these cases arouse great passions on both sides … But in a religiously diverse country … it behooves the Government to allow people of many different faiths to act on their beliefs in public rather than provide a single accepted way. Hobby Lobby is a significant step in the direction of that more tolerant nation."

As Senators Ayotte and Fischer said in a recent Wall Street Journal article, "While some Americans may disagree with the Green family’s views, nearly all Americans believe that religious freedom is a fundamental right that must not be abridged. When President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he said: ‘Our laws and institutions should not impede or hinder, but rather should protect and preserve fundamental religious liberties.’"

Kathy Peters


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