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For Immediate Release
July 16, 2014
Contact: Sarah Zagorski

LA Senator Landrieu Votes Against Religious Liberty
Bill to Overturn Hobby Lobby Decision Fails in U.S. Senate 
New Orleans, LA.- Today, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate failed in their attempt to pass legislation that would have invalidated the recent Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby Decision" by a vote of 56-43. They needed 60 votes to advance the legislation.

The legislation, known as the "Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014" (S. 2578), in addition to nullifying the Supreme Court's narrow decision in  Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, would have potentially attacked all existing federal protections of conscience and religious freedom regarding health coverage mandates. 

While the legislation failed, Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana voted in favor of S. 2578 and in favor of overturning the Court's decision.

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following after Senator Landrieu's vote:  

"Senator Landrieu voted against religious liberty today when she voted for S. 2578. Together with National Right to Life, we have opposed the unconstrained power found in the HHS "preventive services" mandate of Obamacare ever since the Mikulski Amendment was first proposed on the Senate floor in 2009.  In the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court simply said that certain kinds of businesses cannot be mandated by the government to cover drugs or procedures that destroy human life. The Court affirmed that the mandate was a violation of Hobby Lobby's religious liberty.  Clearly, Senator Landrieu does not agree.  

Senator Landrieu's support of this Obamacare government mandate is not new.  On March 1st, 2012,  Senator Landrieu cast a similar vote when she opposed the Blunt Amendment that would have ended the HHS Mandate.  Today, however, her vote against religious liberty went one step further.  In a letter on July 1 from diverse religious leaders, they warned that  S. 2578 would constitute a more aggressive attack against religious liberty.  They wrote, "Congress has never passed legislation with the specific purpose of reducing Americans' religious freedom. It should not consider doing so now." 

We are disappointed that our Senator would support such an aggressive government mandate to force employers to cover drugs and procedures that destroy human life.  We should be protecting life and religious liberty, not attempting to pass legislation against both."

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