Rush Limbaugh: Hobby Lobby Ruling About Liberty, Not Birth Control

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Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 10:29 AM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience that contrary to what liberals are saying, the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby is not a ban on birth control, but a defense of liberty.

In speaking to the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Limbaugh asserted Monday that birth control is "not what was banned by the Supreme Court. That's not what was on the docket, so to speak. In the Hobby Lobby case, narrow though it may be, the Supreme Court, by 5-4 majority decision, defended liberty."

The roots of the controversial case can be found in a January 2012 regulation promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that required businesses to cover contraception under Obamacare.

David and Barbara Green, the owners of the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby crafts store, sued seeking an exemption for certain types of contraception that they argued violated their religious principles.

Limbaugh also argued that if it were not for the HHS regulation, the controversy surrounding the case could have been avoided.

"The fact is, if you wanted to be entirely — well, not entirely — if you wanted to be somewhat negative about this, you could say that the most appalling thing about today's decision is that we had to even endure it, that we had to even go through this," said Limbaugh, whose radio show reaches 20 million listeners per week.

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