Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, herself a former Wyoming senatorial primary candidate said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case was an interpretation of the law by the Supreme Court justices. She explained their decision reflected the free exercise of religion.
She said it does not restrict access to birth control. She also explained the decision had nothing to do with Republicans blocking access to birth control, and is a decision handed down from the justices who simply made a decision based on the law.
She acknowledged there were passions on both sides of the argument, but said the more liberal interpretation of the argument claims that abortion rights are supreme, over religious liberties, and more important than anything else.
She agreed with and reiterated Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion concerning abortion clinics extended barriers. Scalia’s opinion included an argument that some jurors had attempted to create for abortion providers something similar to a new first amendment. She also explained that the Wheaton case does not represent an undue use of Supreme Court powers, and said the courts had simply addressed the problems in the case in a very straight forward manner.
Cheney said all decisions were based on provisions allowed through the Freedom of Religion Restoration Act and RIFRA. According to Cheney the cases are about free exercise of religion, and not about women’s rights. She denied the claims in the judges dissents that claimed restrictive access to birth control was at the root of the case.