Click below to hear Senator Paul Wieland of Missouri’s District 22 speak with KMZU’s Andy Campbell.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri District 22 Senator Paul Wieland won a court appeal on July 20, allowing his fight against mandated birth control coverage by the federal Affordable Care Act to proceed.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Senator the right to move forward in what the Senator is calling “a win for religious liberty.”
Last year the Republican State Senator and his wife argued against statues set forth by three different federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Wieland states he was forced into an insurance plan that included contraceptive methods contrary to his Catholic faith.
Wieland’s lawyer argued before a three-judge panel citing the rulings of Burwell Vs. Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. which, in June of 2014, gave closely held for-profit corporations the right to be exempt from federal laws on religious grounds.
The ruling is the first time court systems have recognized for-profit corporation’s claims of religious beliefs. The attorney argued that Americans and American parents should have just as many rights as a corporation.
The group also brought up precedents set by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993 with the focus of protecting Native American religions that were burdened by increasing expansion of government projects onto sacred lands. The bill is cited on grounds that the Senator’s religious faith is substantially burdened by the government.