Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that conservatives in Congress should “band together” in refusing a continuing resolution to fund the government unless it includes language protecting Christians from being forced by the federal government to act against their consciences.
Under the Obamacare law, the administration has issued a regulation requiring health-care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
The Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously declared this regulation and “unjust and illegal mandate” that violates the “personal civil rights” of Catholics. Around the country, dozens of Catholic dioceses, schools and business owners, and schools and business owners of other Christian denominations, have sued the administration arguing that the regulation violates their First Amendment-guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion.
CNSNews.com asked a panel of conservative House members on Tuesday whether the CR should include language the denies funding for implementation of the regulation.
“This is a principle, this is a constitutional principle that’s been handed to us from our Founding Fathers, and it’s not something that I think we should be negotiating on,” said Rep. King. “I would like to see the conscience protection language go into that CR, and I’d like to see conservatives band together and refuse to pass the CR until such time as we get that language in there.”
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