The Obama administration is wiping away the Bill of Rights as if it is written on dry-erase board.
You like abortion, fine. You like morning-after pills and contraception, fine. You don’t like the beliefs of Catholics, also fine. What you cannot do is give away their 1st Amendment rights and keep your own. Freedom is a two-way street which allows free movement in both directions or it’s not free.
A new Obamacare rule, one of many the government writes each week, forces a Catholic, monk-run college, to provide and dispense abortive pills, even though the monks believe it is murder. If the monks don’t do as the government demands, the fine is $340,000 a year, a fine that is unaffordable.
Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic college in North Carolina, filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the pending abortifacient * contraceptive mandate, which includes the morning-after abortion pill.
No matter what one thinks about contraception or abortive-contraceptives, there is a more important issue here, and that is freedom of religion.
No matter what your religion is or is not, our Constitution gives each of us the right to worship as we choose. Denying people that right will destroy our first amendment.
The Belmont lawsuit states that HHS, as part of an Obamacare directive, has infringed on their first amendment right to freedom of religion by requiring employers to offer health insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including the abortion-inducing drugs Plan B and Ella.
Eighteen Catholic colleges and universities sent a letter to HHS objecting to the contraception mandate. This was followed by 20 leading Catholic organizations including the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Relief Services.
In August, the EEOC, sent a letter to them stating that banning contraception is sexual discrimination because “only females take oral prescription contraceptives.” The decision they were told came straight out of Washington.
There is always some phony argument that sounds plausible but actually obfuscates the truth. The fact is that it would only be sexual discrimination if women had no alternative but to abide by the Catholic beliefs. Women can buy their own damn morning-after pills or learn how to just say no. Those are reasonable alternatives.
Why is the government involved in a Catholic college’s business anyway?
There is a narrow exemption that purports to protect freedom of religion in Obamacare but it is so narrow that it forces Belmont Abbey to choose between holding to its religious beliefs or providing its employees and students with health insurance.
The government has exempted innumerable groups/organizations, especially unions, from parts of Obamacare, but the government will not exempt the Catholic college from doing something they believe is murder. What does that tell you?
According to Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel for the Becket fund, “A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception, and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government forces him to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounced.”
“This is much worse than an un-funded mandate; it is a monk-funded mandate.”
Can the government now order private organizations to abandon their moral principles to serve their employees and/or the public?
Is there no end to what the government can mandate? Are we still America?
From the very beginning, the intent of Obamacare was to write endless rules so it will morph into a single payer, government-only run healthcare system. That is exactly what is happening. Are you comfortable with the government making all the decisions about the most important thing in your life – your health?
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* abortifacient, namely Plan B and Ella—and sterilization