Skip to comments.12 state attorneys general: we will file lawsuit against Obama mandate ‘in weeks, not months’
Posted on 02/14/2012 9:27:42 AM PST by Morgana
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Within weeks, the top lawyers in a dozen states may file a federal lawsuit against the Obama administrations controversial requirement that all insurance plans include access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, the attorney general of Nebraska told LifeSiteNews.
Jon Bruning told LifeSiteNews.com that 12 states had signed onto a scathing critique of the mandate and were preparing to take more serious action. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning
On Friday, ten state attorneys general addressed a scathing letter to President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Not only is the proposed contraceptive coverage mandate for religious employers bad policy, it is unconstitutional, they wrote. We believe it represents an impermissible violation of the Constitutions First Amendment virtually unparalleled in American history and conflicts with the most basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech, and association, as provided under the First Amendment.
They feared the presidents policy would force faithful religious institutions to cease activities of incalculable value to their employees, constituents, and, indeed, society as a whole.
Should this unconstitutional mandate be promulgated, we are prepared to vigorously oppose it in court.
The attorneys general of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas signed the letter. Bruning told LifeSiteNews two additional states had joined the cause over the weekend.
This is about much more than contraception. This is about the federal government once again stepping in and trying to tell people how to live their lives, Bruning said. Im very troubled by it not only troubled, Im willing to use the litigation power of the state of Nebraska to file yet another lawsuit against the federal government, because its really our only option to push back.
He said he is currently coordinating the next step of action with his fellow AGs.
I think it will be weeks, not months, before we file a lawsuit, he said.
Other signatories voiced their opposition to the mandate.
Last week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an amicus brief in pending cases filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian College, and the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) against the new health care rule.
Bruning said while the group may file its own friend of the court brief to support these cases, its looking like litigation is the only way to stop the Obama administration.
When a state or a group of states is involved in litigation, Bruning told LifeSiteNews, it carries more weight than any particular private plaintiff, because of the role of that states in our constitutional structure.
Pam Bondi of Florida, a Tea Party favorite elected in 2010, wrote in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com, I am proud to stand with my colleagues against this latest example of unconstitutional overreach by the Obama administration. All Americans of any religion, or no religion at all have a stake in protecting rights of conscience.
Louisianas James D. Buddy Caldwell said on Friday, The federal government simply cannot force individuals and organizations to buy a product that contradicts their religious beliefs. This represents a clear violation of the Constitutions First Amendment virtually unparalleled in American history.
The proposed mandate would clearly be an unconstitutional burden on religious entities that currently provide health care to their employees, Attorney General Alan Wilson of South Carolina said in a statement. Such an action would be an unprecedented and troubling coercion of organizations and individuals to act contrary to their religious beliefs.
Bruning, who is leading a 26-state coalition in a lawsuit opposing the presidents health care bill, told LifeSiteNews he sees the two cases as intimately related. I do think Congress has exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause with the Obama health care law, he said. This issue regarding the mandate that insurance companies must carry coverage for abortifacients and birth control and sterilization is an offshoot of that ObamaCare case.
12 out of 57 is a start. . .
you are so correct!!!
would it not be amazing if we got all 57 too?
I have to see it first before I believe it. Talk has become super cheap in US politics.
Glenn Beck’s theory is that Buckwheat is attempting to spark civil insurrection to bring the government crashing down. I agree, and my take is that Buckwheat wants an excuse to “postpone” the November elections. This is what he does, advance ridiculous, over the top schemes, only to partially back off later.
I’m beginning to think the U.S. Supreme Court is going to strike down ObamaCare in June if for no other reason than to free up the lower courts from being constantly bogged down with endless lawsuits over all the health care mandates.
Has this failed administration set some sort of record for the most instances of States filing suit against it?
Glad to see we're in on this. Absolutely outrageous behavior by the Feds.
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The 0bama appointees wouldn’t go along with that thinking.
I wonder if any Hospital “Corpsemen” will join in the suit?
We can only hope that the Supremes look at this legislation as an affront to individual liberty. I have serious reservations regarding at least four if not five of the Justices. Kennedy will probably be the swing vote. I think, if my memory serves me correct, Kennedy did indicate that he would NOT leave the bench until the end of 2012. Another reason why this election means so much.
I wonder that too.
Are they live wires or dead on their feet?
A pity 12 State Attorneys General do not agree with us that the sitting POTUS is not a “Natural Born Citizen.”
The 0bama appointees wouldnt go along with that thinking.
Fortunately, Obama appointees only make up two of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices.
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