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February 6, 2012

Sen. Johanns Warns Against Administration’s Violation of Conscience Protections in Health Care Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the Obama Administration’s attack on religious freedoms granted in the Constitution. The Administration recently announced it would not exempt religious institutions from a mandate in the health care law requiring them to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health care plans, which goes against their strong beliefs and values.

Below are excerpts from Johanns’ remarks on the Senate floor:

  •  “Our great nation was founded on religious freedom. This liberty is at the very core of our government. It has been a significant part of our heritage since this land was first settled. And it's a freedom that sets us apart from many countries around the globe. The framers of our Constitution rightfully recognized that an individual's religious liberty and conscience is above any regulation, any legislation.”
  • “The President has taken an unprecedented step in the wrong direction, grossly misusing authority to implement the new health care law. This Administration has refused to exempt religious institutions that serve the public good from mandates in the law that go against their strong beliefs and their values, and the values of our nation.”
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