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Hobby Lobby being prevented free exercise of religion

Updated: February 9, 2013 6:07AM

Hobby Lobby being kept from free exercise of religion

The effects of President Obama’s massive takeover of health care is just starting to be felt.

One example is the case of Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby is a Christian-run company and follows Christian principles. Obamacare forces companies to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, specifically the morning-after pill in their health insurance policies.

Hobby Lobby is racking up $1.3 million fines daily since Jan. 1 of this year for refusing to violate their religious beliefs — that is almost $500 million a year. Justice Sotomayor refused an emergency request from Hobby Lobby to hear their case.

This is a huge loss of freedom to Americans. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” What part of prohibiting the free exercise of religion part does President Obama not understand?

On another note, the very basis of Obamacare is flawed. I have read the U.S. Constitution several times, and health care is not a power given to the federal government.

The government is going to destroy a successful company with its excessive and unconstitutional fines and regulations. I urge all freedom-loving Americans to stand with Hobby Lobby and others facing the heavy hand of government.

Patrick McNamara


Women can protect selves from cervical cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. As a leading women’s health care provider, advocate and educator, Planned Parenthood of Illinois urges women to take steps to protect themselves against cervical cancer.

Every year, about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and roughly 4,000 women die of the disease.

The good news is cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable. Vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) — which causes cervical cancer — is the best way to ensure that women and girls are protected against this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for girls aged 11 to 12.

For women age 21 to 64, routine Pap testing is crucial for detecting cervical cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage — most often before cancer even develops.

When caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ health center in Aurora offers routine cervical cancer screenings and the HPV vaccine. Last year alone, we provided nearly 750 cervical cancer screenings to women in Aurora.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is proud to be the nonprofit health care provider for more than 60,000 people in Illinois. Our services include cervical and breast cancer screenings, comprehensive birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, and more. We work every day to keep women and men healthy, and our doors are open to everyone.

Carole Brite

President and CEO

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

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