HARRISBURG, PA – Keystone Progress Executive Director Michael Morrill made the following statement in response to today's Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision:
"We believe that we will see religious liberty claims by for-profit businesses asking for exemptions from a host of federal statutes immediately, since this this is the first time for-profit corporations have won a court-authorized exemption from a neutral law. This has dangerous implications for the ACA and creates new opportunities for religious business owners may be circumvent the law.
"It is outrageous for a business to claim, as they have in this case, that birth control coverage amounts to sinful complicity with their employees’ purportedly sinful conduct, meaning business owners’ ability to withhold to their own religious tenets is encumbered substantially if they must maintain even indirect connection to their employees’ independent decisions. In the end, the way this case was argued by Hobby Lobby and other plaintiffs, we will see a dramatic shift in how the government can limit religiously-prompted conduct in a business setting. This is a dangerous precedent in a country where we have both freedom of religion, but also freedom from religion."