United Church of Christ Comments On SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

Jun 30, 2014, 12:03 ET from The United Church of Christ

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, saying, "closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage."

"The Court's decision today is in fact an affront to the religious liberty of women across the country, who we believe have a right to make decisions based on the dictates of their moral conscience and religious beliefs. Since the early 1970s, the United Church of Christ General Synod has long witnessed to this fundamental right of conscience, one central to our religious forbearers," said Sandy Sorenson, Director of the United Church of Christ's Washington, D.C. office. "We are particularly concerned that those women most impacted by the inability to access the full range of reproductive health services are low-income and working women, who do not otherwise have the means to access such care. This decision has troubling implications for the health care of women and families. We will continue to work with our partners to advocate for policies that ensure access to affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care services for all women."

Since 1971, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has affirmed a women's right to the freedom of choice when it comes to her personal medical care, including unwanted pregnancies, and has supported services that encourage responsible family planning. The UCC has a long history of advocating against legislators at all levels who aim to restrict the access of women to safe, comprehensive reproductive health care with a full range of options, and, since 1991, has also publically supported freedom of speech and freedom of information regarding medical options for women.

About the United Church of Christ:

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant denomination with nearly 1 million members and more than 5,100 congregations nationwide. The UCC is a church of many firsts, including the first mainline denomination to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly-gay man and the first predominantly white denomination to ordain an African American. The UCC's motto ("That they may all be one," (John 17:21)) and tagline (God is still speaking,) supports the Church's long-standing commitment to social justice issues and its extravagant welcome to all, no matter who they are, or where they are on life's journey. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the UCC has also been active in protests against the use of the Cleveland Major League Baseball team and its Chief Wahoo mascot.

The Central Atlantic Conference, one of 38 regional conferences of the United Church of Christ, comprises 185 UCC congregations in the Mid-Atlantic region, including New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia and West Virginia. It includes more than 40,000 local church members and approximately 400 ordained ministers.

SOURCE The United Church of Christ