John Boehner Thanks Bill Clinton For Birth Control Ruling

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) would like to thank President Bill Clinton for making the Supreme Court’s ruling against the birth control mandate possible.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by Clinton, in response to a 1990 Supreme Court ruling which said the First Amendment does not allow for religious exemptions to generally applicable laws. RFRA imposes strict scrutiny standards for laws that burden a person’s exercise of religion.

The Supreme Court relied on RFRA to rule against the contraception requirement on Monday. Numerous Democrats who support the birth control rule and voted for RFRA have said they didn’t intend for the law to apply to for-profit corporations.

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