The Contraception Mandate Begins

by Ryan on August 1, 2012

in Anything Else,Culture,Election 2012,Health Care,Politics,Right to Life

Today, August 1 is the day when Obamacare’s contraception mandate goes into effect.  This mandate doesn’t give “women control of their health care” as HHS Secretary Sibelius said; women have had that ability regarding birth control since 1965.  Instead, this mandate essentially forces religious institutions to unreasonably violate their consciences in providing birth control coverage those institutions find abhorrent.

Some institutions get a year to sort out how to violate their consciences over this ill-conceived government dictate, and the mandate itself has faced mounting legal challenges, leading to more uncertainty.  Regardless, this is an area in which no government should interfere, as this clearly violates the First Amendment’s freedom of religion (my emphasis):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This and the Chick-Fil-A issue, doesn’t make August 1 a great day for the First Amendment.

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