Collins: Court Ruling an Opportunity to Protect Religious Freedom

May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON– Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously decided to send the case of Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts in order to reach a compromise between parties on the overreaching Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Congressman Collins issued the following statement on the ruling:

“By vacating the lower-court ruling, Little Sisters of the Poor, and their fellow petitioners, will have an opportunity to seek a compromise that will accommodate their religious objections to the contraceptive mandate. The Sisters have been called to lifelong service because of their deeply held religious beliefs, and the court’s decision shows a willingness to reach a resolution that will not force the Sisters to violate their conscience. The contraceptive mandate is another example of this administration’s attempts at bullying the American public into following flawed policy. The ruling was a victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor, but it should not take a court decision to ensure that people are not forced to violate their religious beliefs. As one of the 200 Members of Congress who signed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor, I will continue to fight for a full repeal of Obamacare, and replace it with a patient-centered solution that works for individuals, small businesses, religious organizations, and families alike.”