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Supreme Court Orders New Look at Obamacare, Abortion Funding
Life News ^ | November 26, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 11/26/2012 2:58:34 PM PST by NYer

The Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to take a new look at the controversial Obamacare law and whether it unconstitutionally forces taxpayers to fund abortions and contraception, violating religious freedoms.

The high court ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the case of Liberty University, a Christian college that contends Obama’s health care law violates the school’s religious freedoms. A federal judge rejected the case and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the lawsuit was premature but did not deal with the main points the lawsuit brought up.

When the Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare law this summer, that ruling essentially rejected all other lawsuits like the one from Liberty University but the college filed the suit anew arguing that its claims were separate from the ones the Supreme Court considered in its 5-4 decision upholding the law.

Liberty University is challenging the requirement that people must obtain health insurance or pay a penalty and provisions requiring employers to offer health care for their employees.

Before the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Justice informed the Supreme Court that it did not oppose Liberty University’s Petition for Rehearing the Court’s denial of review of the case of Liberty University v. Geithner.

“I am very pleased with the High Court’s ruling. Today’s ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare. Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law. “Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”

Liberty Counsel, representing Liberty University and two private individuals, asked the Court to grant its Petition for review, vacate the ruling of the Court of Appeals, and remand (send back) the case for the Court of Appeals to consider the outstanding and unresolved claims, including the constitutionality of the employer mandate and the Free Exercise claim. That is what the Supreme Court ruled today.

The case is now the first case in the nation in which a federal court of appeals would consider challenges to the employer mandate and the Free Exercise of Religion claim. The case could then go back to the Supreme Court in 2013.

Initially, the Court of Appeals in the Liberty University case ruled 2-1 that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) barred it from reaching the merits of the case, ruling that if the individual insurance mandate in ObamaCare is a tax, then the tax had to be paid before a court could entertain the suit. Liberty Counsel filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to reverse the Court of Appeals.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the AIA does not apply to the individual insurance mandate, but did not reach the merits of Liberty University’s case. The Supreme Court then denied Liberty University’s request for review. Liberty Counsel then asked the Court to grant its petition, vacate the ruling of the Court of Appeals, and send it back to address the unresolved merits of the case, namely, the employer mandate and the Free Exercise claim based on ObamaCare’s forced funding of abortion.

“ObamaCare is the biggest funding of abortion in American history,” said Staver. “ObamaCare will for the first time require employers and individuals to directly fund abortion. This abortion mandate collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; christian; hhs; obamacare; scotus
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To: GeronL

This is about religion and freedom of religion — not constitutionality.


21 posted on 11/26/2012 5:52:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: COBOL2Java

Proof?? of this accusation??


22 posted on 11/26/2012 5:53:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Since they have declared it a tax, they will just have to say that it must be paid by everyone, religious or not.

SCOTUS is part of government, and it knows where the butter on its bread comes from.


23 posted on 11/26/2012 6:04:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: headstamp 2

John Roberts will SCREW us again . . .


24 posted on 11/26/2012 6:17:13 PM PST by Mr. Wright (NAACP)
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To: NYer

FUJR


25 posted on 11/26/2012 6:18:19 PM PST by PGalt
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To: NYer
I suppose Zerocare could eventually be dismantled piece-by-piece, as McCain-Feingold was. Remember, "campaign finance reform" was passed by the Congress, signed by Dubya, and upheld by the Supreme Court; later, however, the law was neutralized by the Citizens' United decision. And has it been established exactly what type of tax Zerocare imposes? That could become an issue as soon as the tax is imposed.
26 posted on 11/26/2012 6:22:55 PM PST by ishmac (Lady Thatcher: There are no permanent defeats in politics because there are no permanent victories.)
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To: palmer
"Roberts will rule that the fetus isn’t actually killed, just penalized with a shortened lifespan."

And he'll call it prenatal euthanasia.

27 posted on 11/26/2012 7:02:39 PM PST by Heart-Rest ("Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God," - Isaiah 41:10)
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To: Repeal 16-17

“The only good reason for SCOTUS to send this case back to the Fourth Circuit is if SCOTUS will ultimately hear this case. Otherwise, it’s just wasting everyone’s time.”

They wasted everyone’s time with their last case? This court is incoherent with Robert’s at the helm and the progressive wing using their sway.

Maybe Kagan is throwing Roberts some her yoohoo to pull him along?

I apologize if that created a visual for anyone.


28 posted on 11/26/2012 9:27:45 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: SeaHawkFan
If Liberty University wins, Obamacare will die a quick death. I’m not so sure Obama really wants Obamacare to survive, especially since all the waivers granted go away in 2014 and all the waivers go away.

If Liberty University wins, there is a good chance that Obama will get to appoint a new SCOTUS member and "revisit" the decision.

29 posted on 11/27/2012 5:07:45 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: NYer; 185JHP; 230FMJ; AKA Elena; APatientMan; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; ...
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Good people have to try, even if success doesn't look likely or even possible. IMHO mass civil disobedience may be what is needed. Individuals, states, counties, etc.

30 posted on 11/27/2012 9:22:14 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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31 posted on 12/01/2012 8:11:41 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: MrChips
"John Roberts will rule that mandating payment for abortions is OK as long as it is considered a tax."
Unfortunately that would establish precedent allowing the gubmint to tax us to death ... ;-)
32 posted on 12/02/2012 6:24:50 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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