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Rick Santorum: Religious Rights Of Your Boss Are More Important Than Your Reproductive Rights (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Former Republican presidential nominee Rick Santorum told CNN’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that employers have the right to deny women contraception coverage if it's against their religious faith.

The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a case brought by Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, which believes the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring healthcare coverage include birth control violates their religious freedom.

CNN host Candy Crowley asked former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) for his take on the issue.

Dean said he had no idea what the Supreme Court would decide because “they haven’t been terribly favorable to women’s ability to control their own reproductive lives.”

“We’re a single country, and I don’t think employers get to impose their religious beliefs on their employees or any other beliefs for that matter,” said Dean.

“This idea that we can all pick and choose what we’re going to do is a tough idea,” he added. “I was deeply opposed to the Vietnam War … I still paid my taxes and the people who didn’t pay their taxes went to jail.”

“This is one country, we all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and are agreed to by the court,” he concluded.

Santorum argued that Hobby Lobby’s employees knew the owners were religious, even if they did not sign a contract to uphold the rules of the church.

“I mean, the idea that the First Amendment stops after you walk out of church? That it doesn’t have anything to do with how you live the rest of your life? I don’t know very many people of faith that believes that their religion ends with just worship,” Santorum argued. “It ends in how you practice and live that faith.”

“President Obama is saying, ‘No, once you step outside that church, I get to impose my values on you, your religious values don’t matter anymore, it’s my values that I can impose on you,’” Santorum said. “I don’t think that’s what the First Amendment stands for. And I don’t think that’s what the court will say.”

When asked about the Obamacare website, Santorum said the malfunctioning HealthCare.gov speaks to President Barack Obama’s “competence” and that is why his approval rating is deteriorating.

“This really feeds into the president’s competence,” Santorum. “Obamacare is certainly front and center, what’s going on in the Middle East is another area. There’s a whole group of issues now that people are questioning.”

“I fail to see how this has anything to do with the president’s competence, other than the procurement process, which has been screwed up for many years, long before this president came into office,” Dean responded. “I lose my patience with this nonsense. I do believe that the facts are going to be determined by what happens on the ground. Three months from now, a lot more people are going to have health insurance, and a lot more people are going to be happy with all this.”

Sources: CNNMediaite