Boehner: HHS Mandate ‘Violates Our Constitution’

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

From Speaker of the House John Boehner’s press briefing this morning:

Q: Mr. Speaker, I know just outside your district there are a number of religious affiliated hospitals that are prominent. The Christ Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Good Samaritan. With this debate over contraception, do you think these hospitals that receive Federal money should have to give up their church doctrine to adhere to that or should it be the other way around?

Speaker Boehner: There is obviously a lot of opposition to the announcement by the. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to requiring religious organizations to violate their beliefs in ordering that all insurance policies provide certain contraceptive benefits. I think this mandate violates our Constitution. I think it violates the rights of these religious organizations, and I would hope that the administration would back up and take another look at this. 

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