Keith Ellison: Birth control haters back ‘corporate personhood’ over ‘individual liberty’

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 23, 2014 15:29 EDT
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Keith Ellison speaks to ABC
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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Sunday warned Republicans that allowing the “corporate personhood” of Hobby Lobby to trump the the right of people who want to use birth control would set a dangerous precedent for individual liberties in the United States.

During an ABC News panel discussion about whether the Supreme Court would eventually strike down an Obama administration mandate that contraception must be covered by all health plans, former Bush aide Dan Senor argued that the policy was driving down the overall popularity of the president’s health care reform law.

Ellison, however, pointed out that there was a larger issue at stake than just the popularity of one law.

“Let’s step back from the whole Obamacare/Affordable Care Act debate and ask ourselves what this would mean,” he advised. “Do we really want a corporation to have its own religious views, and impose them on its employees?”

“What would that mean for separation of church and state, for individual liberty? What would it mean about corporate personhood?” Ellison asked. “This is scary territory, and [the] people need to win.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s This Week, broadcast March 23, 2014.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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