Sen. Hatch says Obama administration violated religious freedom

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said that the Obama administration has violated religious freedom by requiring religious groups to provide contraception coverage to employees, even though they are morally opposed.

Hatch said the decision to mandate birth control and emergency contraception for health insurance plans violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and further highlighted the constitutional defects of Obama care.

Obama has given religious groups a one-year extension to comply with the health care law, but has not committed to any long-term exemption.

The constitutionality of the Obama administration's sweeping health care reform will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court starting in March.

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