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Alabama House passes Religious Liberty Act in opposition of Obamacare

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- By a vote of 67 to 28, the Alabama House on Tuesday awarded passage to the Religious Liberty Act, a measure sponsored by State Rep. Lynn Greer (R – Rogersville) and designed to combat some of the most intrusive and offensive provisions of the federal ObamaCare social program.

Similar to legislation enacted in Arizona, House Bill 108 would allow certain employers to opt out of specific overreaching ObamaCare mandates requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortion-inducing agents.

"There's no doubt that ObamaCare is one of the most constitutionally dangerous pieces of legislation ever passed by the federal government, and the fact that it requires employers to provide coverage for contraceptives and help kill unborn life despite their religious convictions is downright immoral," Greer said.  "It is my hope that the Religious Liberty Act will help block Obama's efforts to force feed his social liberalism down the throats of those in Alabama whose spiritual beliefs are being violated."

Citing the First and Tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment of the 1901 Constitution, the bills allows a religious institution or a "motivated employer" to notify its insurance provider through a written affidavit that they do not wish to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives or abortifacient drugs or devices to employees.  The insurer will then provide a policy that excludes such coverage and retain the affidavit throughout its term.

Greer noted that Birmingham-based Eternal World Television Network, a worldwide Catholic radio and TV channel, is suing in federal court to block Obamacare provisions that require it to provide mandatory contraceptive coverage to its employees, a clear violation of the church's teachings.

Other non-profit groups, schools, businesses such as Hobby Lobby, and religiously-affiliated institutions across the country have also filed suit to block the abusive ObamaCare mandates.

The bill, which is a major component of the 2013 "We Dare Defend Our Rights" House Republican Caucus agenda, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

News Release from State Rep. Lynn Greer (R – Rogersville).

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