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.
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.