Obamacare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor

by Ryan on January 4, 2014

in Culture,Health Care,History,Politics,Religion,Right to Life,Stupid government

Just to review, the First Amendment to the Constitution states in its first clause:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …

That second part makes some very uncomfortable, and often is ignored in the courts.

That being said, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t approve of contraception and is vehemently opposed to abortion.  So, when Obamacare’s contraception mandate (forcing every employer, including those in charge of religious organizations, to provide mandatory contraception coverage to their employees) was “clarified” by HHS in 2012, it wasn’t to exempt religious institutions like the RCC but to merely give them a year to suck it up before being coerced to break their religious principles or face heavy fines.

The latest high-profile example of this comes on the back of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious organization formed in 1839 to provide charitable care to the elderly in great need.  The Little Sisters refused to go along with the contraception mandate for their employees because it violates their religious conviction about the sanctity of all human life.  According to one of their representatives:

The government demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor sign a permission slip for abortion drugs and contraceptives, or pay of millions in fines. The Sisters believe that doing that violates their faith, and that they shouldn’t be forced to divert funds from the poor elderly and dying people they’ve devoted their lives to serve.

So here’s what happened:  Obama appointee Justice Sotomayor granted an emergency injunction in favor of the Little Sisters on New Years Eve and asked the Justice Department to react.

They did.  The Justice Department is choosing to fight the injunction, stating that no religious exemption should exist for the contraception mandate.

In my opinion, the contraception mandate does violate the First Amendment rights of groups like the Little Sisters.  This is a significant issue with huge implications for religious liberty, so pretty soon we’re probably going to see this in front of the Supreme Court.

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