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Boehner: Protect American people from their government


ELIZABETH HARRINGTON

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CNS News
Type:
Politicians
Date:
3/1/2012

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ABSTRACTBoehner: Feds Have Not Violated Religious Freedom Like This in 220 Years | CNSNews.com CNSNews.com Home Washington National Culture International Entertainment Sports Health Business Weird News News Wire The Right Views Search this site: E-Brief Facebook Twitter RSS LinkedIn Top Nav About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah Home » News Boehner: Feds Have Not Violated Religious Freedom Like This in 220 Years By Elizabeth Harrington March 1, 2012 Subscribe to Elizabeth Harrington's posts House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the new Health and Human Services regulation that will require all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, regulation that would force all health insurers to offer abortifacients, violates religious freedom in a way that has never before occurred in the history of the country. The regulation, promulgated under Obamcare, would force Catholics to buy and/or provide coverage for things the Catholic Church teaches are morally wrong. I think it’s important for us to win this issue,” Boehner said at a Capitol press briefing. “The government, our government, for 220 years has respected the religious views of the American people. And for all of this time there’s been an exception for those churches and other groups to protect the religious beliefs that they believe in.” “And that’s being violated here,” he said. “I’ve been trying to take this out of the political realm and get it into a position where we can continue to protect the American people’s right to their own religious views,” he said. “And so that’s the -- there are a lot of ways to do that. There’s one over in the Senate, we’ve got a couple of ideas in the House, but it’s a matter of how we do we proceed?” When asked to clarify what he meant by winning the issue, Boehner said, “It’s important that we continue to protect the religious beliefs of the American people from their government. And their government encroaching in this arena has not happened in 220 years and it should not happen in this case.” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo) Boehner said he would wait to see the fate of Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) amendment before deciding how to proceed in the House. (The amendment, which would have placed conscience protection rights in Obamacare, failed in the Senate on a 51-48 vote on Thursday). The House Speaker also said it is “an important part of my job” to stand up for the Constitution. “I believe that standing up for the Constitution, standing up for people’s protection under the law and under the Constitution to practice their faith as they like, this is an important part of my job,” he said. “I’m trying to find a w.......