PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2012 - Lugar continues public pressure to prevent
Obamacare from violating religious freedoms
INDIANAPOLIS - Sen. Dick Lugar plans to maintain public pressure so federal bureaucrats do not violate religious freedoms of charities, schools and hospitals.
Lugar is co-sponsoring the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act that would reverse an Obama Administration ruling that forces virtually all private health plans - including those provided by religious-affiliated groups - to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
Friends of Dick Lugar, the official campaign committee for Lugar's re-election, recently purchased radio advertisements to heighten awareness of Hoosiers about the issue. (Click here to listen.)
President Obama has retreated somewhat from the controversial healthcare ruling and announced a so-called compromise after protests from faith leaders, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Leaders like Lugar were unmoved by Obama's explanation and said "there is no room for compromise" when it comes to freedom of religion.
"I am co-sponsoring a bill that stops President Obama from another outrageous government health care regulation -- one that intrudes on American principles of religious freedom. President Obama has no right to legally require people of faith to act against their moral beliefs," Lugar said in the radio spot.
Lugar's ad, entitled "Obama Has No Right," ran in key media markets across Indiana. Here is a complete transcript of the 60-second message on religious freedom:
Announcer: Hoosiers know we can count on Dick Lugar to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. When President Obama derailed 20,000 Keystone pipeline jobs to advance the radical agenda of environmentalist supporters, it was Dick Lugar who wrote the bill to overturn that decision.... And, from day one, on ObamaCare, it's Dick Lugar who has fought to defeat it and repeal it.... And now, it's Dick Lugar again saying "no" to President Obama; Fighting to stop yet another Obama government regulation that forces health care institutions and providers to offer medical services that violate their religious and moral beliefs.
Lugar: I am co-sponsoring a bill that stops President Obama from another outrageous government healthcare regulation - one that intrudes on American principles of religious freedom. President Obama has no right to legally require people of faith to act against their moral beliefs.
Announcer: Fighting to save and create jobs we need now... to stop Obama's excessive over-regulation and government overreach. Serious times demand serious leaders. That's Dick Lugar.
Lugar: I'm Dick Lugar, candidate for U.S. Senate, and I approve this message.