19 Senate Dems attack Hobby Lobby suit in Supreme Court brief

Nineteen Senate Democrats are lining up against Hobby Lobby in its battle for religious freedom against Obamacare, but in a sign of how politically toxic Obamacare is, virtually none of them running for re-election this year.

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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

According to a Yahoo News report, the 19 are filing a friend of the court brief supporting the Obama administration and the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide birth control that violates their religious beliefs.

In a year that bodes so poorly for Democrats that even the New York Times on Monday front-paged an election preview that discussed a possible GOP Senate takeover, the only senators who signed on to the brief who will actually face voters are Ed Markey of Democrat-safe Massachusetts and Dick Durbin in equally safe (if near bankrupt) Illinois.

The rest have seats that either aren’t on the ballot this year, or are retiring to escape the Obamacare train wreck they helped engineer.

Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against Obamacare argues the law’s requirement that companies be forced to provide contraception that Hobby Lobby’s owners consider abortion – such as the Plan B pill that kills fertilized eggs — violates their rights under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The company doesn’t object to providing insurance coverage that covers other forms of contraception.

That doesn’t stop, Sen. Patty Murray, the Washington Democrat who spearheaded the friend of the court brief, from trying to argue that the federal government is justified in violating religious rights of employers because denying Obamacare is like denying women the right to vote and “takes us back to a place in history when women had no voice or choice.”

Unfortunately, voters won’t have a choice this year on whether to keep Murray and her colleagues in office.

 

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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • RJCalendar

    Is Mark “The Red” Herring going to weigh in on this?

    • http://www.pro-plan-now.org/ pro-plan

      @ RJCalendar
      If there is no fertilized egg, Plan B will help prevent ovulation for the duration that live sperm is on location, so to speak. If a fertilized egg is already implanted, Plan B does nothing. If an egg is already fertilized but not yet implanted, Plan B will help prevent implantation. The latter is exactly the issue opponents have with Plan B, when does life begin, and some believe it begins with fertilization, not implantation ie an official pregnancy. Just sayin, and trying to keep the dialogue honest.

      thanks from pro-plan-now.org
      We have a long way to go with emphasis on real contraception – and eliminating all the taboos.

  • EliseR

    Plan B does not “kill fertilized eggs.” . If a fertilized egg
    is implanted prior to taking Plan B, the drug does not affect it, and pregnancy proceeds normally.

    • Eric

      Elsie SHUT YOUR AZZ

    • Eric

      The NYT is not a credible source. A shame YOU werent aborted.

  • rhonan

    What amazes me are the people who think November is going to be a good month for Conservatives. Then again, conservatives insist on un-skewing the liberal bias in polls, which is why they were so certain that Mittens was going to win in 2012. Hell, the writer of this article links to a NY Times article he claims predicts Republicans winning, yet the article does no such thing. It recognizes that the Democrats have more seats up for election in the Senate, but predicts control of both houses to stay with the parties that control them. Of course, this is only January, and with the Republicans threatening another debt ceiling stand-off, Republican numbers might tank again. Now, if only the Democrats will be smart enough to make sure the debt ceiling is raised just enough to avoid default, but not so much it won’t have to be raised again before election day.

    • EliseR

      The House GOP is poised to start debating abortion AGAIN, and Conservatives will likely start spouting more nonsense like Akin did. This will only help Democratic candidates, as it has done in the past. Tea party support is waning, as evidenced by recent VA elections. Neither chamber of Congress will change hands in Nov., and we will be stuck with the same gridlock we have been.

      • Brandon Johns

        Actually the Governor’s office would have gone to the Republicans had the libertarian candidate not siphoned off so many votes.

      • Eric

        Check the polls, Elsiedung

      • Kaiser

        Here’s my view on abortion. Only if the woman is raped or if it endangers the life of the woman should we even consider abortion.
        That being said, if a woman wants an abortion then let her get one. Just don’t make everyone else pay for it. You want it, you pay for it out of your own pocket. Period!

    • Brandon Johns

      You think the far left New York Times is going to admit outright that the Republicans are probably going to win. You think anyone wants to give Obama a rubber stamp congress back? Doesn’t matter, Obama is trying to be king anyway.

      • Loweezy Smith

        He already thinks he is king.

      • 4dees

        Not king, he thinks he is Herr Dictator!

  • SusieQ

    These rogues use women to their best advantage, using contraceptives as a talking point for this horrible unhealthcare bill is just plain patronizing. Emotion is how the democratic party bases most of their arguments. When younger and poor I had no problem providing my own contraceptives and it’s cheaper today. If they want to provide this feature why not have women apply for a subsidy just for that, but no, that’s not he point is it? We all know what they are doing, if you don’t, well you are very naive.

    • EliseR

      If you want less abortion and less welfare, you would be smart to support easier access to contraception. Relying only on your own experience is a very narrow view.

      • rhonan

        ElsieR, the folks here believe in the straight and narrow. That’s why they are mostly narrow-minded homophobes. Debating conservatives is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how brilliant your opening move, the pigeon will just knock over all the pieces, take a crap all over the board, and then strut around like they won the game.

        • EliseR

          You do have a point. I don’t think they are homophobes though, as the term homophobia denotes a fear. They aren’t afraid of homosexuals, they are just a$$holes.

          I also think you give them too much credit. I respect anyone’s opinion that is not based on hate. Most of the people here base their opinions on their hatred of anyone who does not think like they do,, homosexuals, anyone who does not practice the same religion as they do, and in many cases, anyone who does not look like they do.

          • Atticus

            wow Tag-team trolls

          • EliseR

            You are just another right-wing liar unless you can prove your accusation.

          • Loweezy Smith

            You are just a left-wing liar and you prove nothing you say either.

          • Eric

            You are another left wing hatemonger.

          • Theresa Easley

            Wow, Elise! You sure are showing your true colors of what a judgmental, hateful a$$hole you are

          • SusieQ

            For someone who hates this site so much she’s always here, what does that tell you? I think her, rhonan and the rest of them are sitting there looking at each other in their sweat shop with a Obama shrine and poster on the wall.

          • Loweezy Smith

            She shows up in a lot of forums and acts just the same way. everyone is a liar and stupid but her. She alone is the only one that knows anything. She is as narcissistic as our leader is. Talks a lot and says nothing.

          • SusieQ

            She called you a liar.

          • Theresa Easley

            You are so right. I also see her in a lot of forums and she always acts like an arrogant a$$.

          • 4dees

            The liberals never quote facts, but are real good at spewing out filth and hate.

          • Theresa Easley

            It just shows they aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed to constantly visit a site they so obviously hate.

          • Loweezy Smith

            Aren’t we lucky? (Sarcasm).

          • SusieQ

            Name calling again, you don’t have a legitimate argument so you revert to that. Who cares you’re paid anyway.

          • EliseR

            There you go with the false accusations again. I’m not paid to comment here, and unless you can prove otherwise, it’s just another one of your LIES.

          • SusieQ

            And?

          • EliseR

            And what, liar? Can’t complete a thought without a lie?

          • SusieQ

            Oh, like a arrow in my heart, please stop liberal who loves all.

          • EliseR

            You have a heart? There’s a surprise.

          • SusieQ

            You can’t help yourself can you, typical liberal. Look, I would love to play this immature game all day but duty calls and I have some work to do talk later, Ta- ta!

          • EliseR

            Off to spread your lies somewhere else? So little time, so many right wing lies….

          • Eric

            You spread your lies here.

          • SusieQ

            People are giving you demerits for the lie word.

          • Theresa Easley

            The left are the masters at lying. You come here and show it all the time.

          • Gracie Love

            I loathe abortion in all its forms. Even if it means the likes of you and Obama get to live. I don’t fear hurting feelings left or right and aprantly neither do you and that’s OK. My political friends on here agree that if a woman or a man are having sex they should use common sense and wear a condom not only for the contraception protection but for STDs as well. You may retorte that capturing a mans sperm in the condom is a form of abortion but that would be ridiculous because the egg and the sperm have not co-mingled therefore no fertilization has not occurred therefore creating nothing more than the bodies already natural waste/biproduct like a menstral cycle. ProAbortion propaganda dumbs down the woman by telling her that she has control over her body to do as she will. Only that that is half the truth. A woman does have a right to control her body. Truth. The lie part is this. The government/ society dumb down the woman to believe that she has no responsibility to the child inside of her. I’m a rape victim. There was a baby girl produced. I wanted the abortion. Thankfully that didn’t happen because she was adopted to a really nice family and now has her own children. So even in the case of brutal rape I err on the side of the unborn child. That’s responsible and that’s heroic. The Truth is in all cases the woman should err on the side of the child.

          • KasiaJordanKelley

            Get a job Elsie, you have too much time on your hands and do what liberals do always, accuse, offend and lie

          • Eric

            Where is YOUR heart, hatemonger??

          • Loweezy Smith

            To accuse people of lying is her favorite thing. Of course, she forgets that he lies.

          • Mlm46

            No, it’s called an opinion!

          • KasiaJordanKelley

            What can you prove? Nothing, run your accusations and big statements. Talking points right out of MSNBC

          • Brandon Johns

            And yet you are constantly on here, Elise. If you don’t like what is said on here then go away. We won’t miss you.

          • Eric

            Elsie comes here to spew hate. Thats what libtards do best.

          • Brandon Johns

            “Most of the people here base their opinions on their hatred of anyone who does not think like they do”

            Just like you and most liberals despite all your talk of tolerating other opinions.

          • Loweezy Smith

            Tell them to re-program you, EliseR. You are making no sense and are just spouting meaningless words. We don’t respect your opinions because they are based on nothing.

          • Eric

            Both of you are haters. You sure do enjoy hating.

          • KasiaJordanKelley

            You democrats are prime example of hate, you name call, lie, and twist everything, I would rather play chess with pigeon than mass murderer.

        • SusieQ

          Oh, you’re right, lets see, homophobe, racist, racist, racist. mean, nasty, want to stave children,I don’t know I don’t have the liberal mean list handy right now, I’m done with you, go play somewhere else. I see Elise got her check, she’s back.You people don’t want to discuss anything you just want to name call. Go watch your messiah tonight and slobber all over yourself.

          • Eric

            Elsie will have multiple or*asms during the messiah’s speech.

          • SusieQ

            I hear she is a snake handler, it’s part of the ritual every year when he speaks, I hear it gets so intense she might not be able to post tomorrow, we’ll see.

        • Brandon Johns

          And you liberals are such a walk in the park with debating. Despite all your talk of being able to tolerate other opinions you just stick your fingers and your ear and scream the same accusations(racist, homophobe, tea bagger, etc.)whenever you are “debating” a conservative. You have just as much of an “I am right and you are wrong” attitude, so don’t talk to anyone.

          • Loweezy Smith

            I haven’t seen one liberal yet that could tolerate some one else’s opinions about anything. They scream those accusations because they have no logical point to make.

        • Loweezy Smith

          Bull! What tripe.

      • SusieQ

        We have easy access to contraception what in heaven’s name is wrong with you, call walmart see what they charge, geez, It’s hopeless talking to you What did I just tell you? I was poor and still paid for birth control, what part of this do you not GET!

        • EliseR

          Hobby Lobby does not want their employees to have easy access to contraception.

          • Brandon Johns

            How about these employees pay for it themselves.

          • Eric

            Liar.

          • Jenni

            Holly Lobby owners have religious views that are pro life. The Government is forcing them to provide contraception to all their employees. Government is supposed to stay out of our personal lives. I applaud Hobby Lobby for taking this stand.

          • Loweezy Smith

            Because it is against their religion to which they are entitled and is none of your business.

          • Theresa Easley

            Buy your own contraceptives or is that too new of a concept to you?

      • SusieQ

        Another thing, I don’t want anything except for people to take care of their own damned self like I did.

        • EliseR

          “I want everyone to be like ME!” The useless, pathetic cry of the right-wing.

          • SusieQ

            Go away, you are weird and your reasoning is old and worn out.

          • EliseR

            Why do you think you can order other people around, Bully?

          • SusieQ

            Did you get out of school early today, watch out, if you don’t get a good education you might end up on welfare.

          • EliseR

            I don’t need welfare. I probably make more money than you do, LIAR

          • SusieQ

            How’s that working for Soros we know who you are.

          • EliseR

            There you go with the lying again. Typical right-wing nutjob. All you know are lies

          • SusieQ

            Oh, stop it, I can’t stand the pain of your words.

          • Loweezy Smith

            That’s your byword right? LIAR! That’s it?

          • Theresa Easley

            Have you noticed how they always come back with “I probably make more money then you”? You can practically predict what they are going to say.

          • SusieQ

            Does this go along with pants on fire? You are ridiculous.

          • EliseR

            Your lies are ridiculous. Admit it, you have no facts.

          • SusieQ

            I do have common sense, ever heard of that.

          • EliseR

            Wrong. Common sense is based on facts. You have no facts to back up your nonsense.

          • SusieQ

            Boo- hoo, now I’m really disappointed you have no faith in me. Hey look, I think i hear your mama calling you , better go.

          • EliseR

            Sounds like more of your disgusting lies. You just can’t say anything that’s not a lie, can you? Typical right wing nutjob.

          • Loweezy Smith

            Your accusations of lying makes people think that’s what you do because that word seems to come very easy for you.

          • SusieQ

            You are such a lot of fun!

          • Cheryl Davis Miller

            Hey your Mama’s calling Susie Quack, get your dolly and run.

          • Loweezy Smith

            That’s because it’s time for her to go home. It’s getting dark and time for all little ones to be home.

          • Loweezy Smith

            Then you have no common sense either. Just nonsense.

          • Theresa Easley

            Lol!! Where are your facts??

          • Loweezy Smith

            Neither do you. Never have had any facts – just propaganda. Gets that from the MSM. they don’t have any facts either. Probably a fan of MSNBC.

          • Cheryl Davis Miller

            No we just don’t have 3 life times to try to explain facts to brain dead childish liberals.

          • Loweezy Smith

            You need help. What a stupid comment that is. You don’t know how much she makes and it is none of your business anyway. Insult, call names, ridicule – that’s all you liberals know to do. You sound like a little child having a fight in the school yard – just spouting out stupid things.

          • SusieQ

            There you go again one more demerit!

          • rfrichey

            SusieQ, What do you mean she may end up on welfare? If she’s not already on it she missed a good chance because you know something is wrong with her mentally.

          • SusieQ

            Awwww… sticks and stones, please!

          • Loweezy Smith

            You’re just being silly now.

          • Theresa Easley

            You are the one that started bullying on here. If you can’t take it then you shouldn’t dish it out.

          • Brandon Johns

            Yet you spend so much time on this right wing site, Elise.

          • Eric

            You want the same thing, biotch!

          • Loweezy Smith

            Isn’t that the motto of the liberal? They sure do push that idea.

          • Theresa Easley

            You mean the useless, pathetic cry of the left-wing. The left is the one who wants everyone to think and be like them. You are so blind you don’t even see that.

      • Brandon Johns

        Great, then pay for it yourself. Don’t force others to pay for it.

      • Brandon Johns

        Also, how about keeping it zipped?

      • Loweezy Smith

        If contraception is against your religion, you should not be forced to pay for it through insurance or any other method. We still have Freedom of Religion in this country, I believe and the government has no right to force people to buy or use conltraceptivesw.

      • Eric

        Shut up Elsiedung.

      • Cheryl Davis Miller

        No one is against contraception. The morning after pill is a form of abortion. That is what Hobby Lobby and most God fearing Christians are against. The leftist gorilla’s use a twisting of words to try to make us look like we are all against contraception. If however one is against contraception, such as my Catholic bro. and sis. That is their right, and should not be trampled upon. [ To be honest with you I am for forced spaying of those on welfare. That would put an end to those who space out children 2 or 3 years so as to stay on my dime.]

      • Conservative-Veteran

        This is not about access. Every American woman has access to birth control. The government has made sure of that through Planned Parenthood. I’m not talking about abortion, but about the supposed family planning they advocate. Several other methods are available, abstinence and every drugstore sells condoms. It is not my responsibility to pay for a woman’s birth control, that is a personal responsibility. Now some will say that it keeps the woman and her children off welfare. I submit that birth control has minimal effect on welfare. Lack of personal responsibility and accountability are the primary factors leading to ending up on the welfare rolls.

  • Brandon Johns

    Pay for your own birth control. Why make others pay for your mistakes.

  • Don Sebold

    So I see that if you accept the lefts liberal over reach threw obimbocare you get a pass….I.E. Muslims,sodomites…..but if your views are not on line with the liberals,the IRS,NSA Has permission to haras you under the Patriot act and congressionaly bypassed EO’s by your king Hussien …..we are almost a complete police state nice work democrats

  • Diane Hail

    I was a poor newlywed and managed to pay for birth control and clear till I was over 50!!!!!! I think everyone should be responsible not insurance!!!!!!

  • Arden Hale

    How about we keep our religious freedom whether the left wing likes it or not?

  • princesssong

    I still can’t figure out why anyone would want Socialized Medicine anyway. It is the most horrible thing ever.. OMG if you see it you cant get the image out of your mind, it is horrible..

  • DavePeck

    These Democraptic Socialist just don’t get it! When the GOP retakes the Senate and tells them to stuff their Oblundercare up their ass then they will know where it belongs !!