WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will review Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., cases that challenge the Obamacare contraception mandate:

“At this time of Thanksgiving, we remember our forefathers who fled religious persecution to pursue freedom of conscience in the New World. How sad that today Obamacare forces religious institutions and business owners of faith to violate their religious beliefs or face crippling fines. The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to freely exercise their religion and no Congress or President has the authority to undermine this fundamental right.”