Skip to comments.A Central Deception in the Obama Administrationís Case Against the Little Sisters of the Poor
Posted on 01/04/2014 2:15:53 PM PST by grundle
Imagine if the government said to a religious employer, Were not going to require you to pay for abortions, but we will require you to provide employees with a document that entitles them to a free abortion at the Planned Parenthood clinic down the street. Would anyone think for a moment that respected religious liberty? Yet thats the essence of the government accommodation here.
The Little Sisters object to providing an abortion/contraception voucher a voucher that could be redeemed for free abortifacients at the discretion of a third-party administrator.
So, no, this is not an argument about a form. After all, religious entities (including the Little Sisters of the Poor) fill out forms without objection all the time. Its about power whether the Obama administration can force a Catholic charity to empower a third-party to provide free medical services that indisputably and gravely violate the deeply-held religious principles of nuns who are doing good works for the least of these.
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Why does the govt. have to give permission for anyone to get a procedure?
It all started with the specious legal theory that a private business could be forced to be a “public convenience”, and that there were no bad consequences from the destruction of private property rights and the right of freedom of association.
Now we have taken this theory all the way to the extent we are going to claim that a person is only free to exercise their religion when they do so in private. That is to say, to make declining to do something with a third party a crime. Or do put it another way, when the actions of a third party can force a citizen to do something no matter how it infringes upon their religious principles.
The federal government has broken out of its Constitutionally enumerated powers. If it isn’t time to start discussing a Convention to consider amendments by which we redefine and repair the powers of the Leviathan State, then when will it be? At what point will people who object to such a convention see that the rights they worry about losing are really in danger anyway?
The feds are reversing the Constitutional principles based on freedom and are inserting toleration in its place.
Toleration means that the government permits your actions and can tell you what to do.
That is not freedom.
The big charities are.getting all the attention.
But what about the thousands of small business owners who now have to pay for abortifacients thru their coverage and don’t have time or money to fight it in court?
Another reason why the government should have noting to do with healthcare.
Well... the government doesn't have anything to do with healthcare.
It is deeply involved in 'insurance'.
Obama vs. the Little Sisters
NRO January 7, 2014
By the bizarre logic of the White House, the nuns are part of the war on women.
By Rich Lowry
It takes some doing to get embroiled in a court fight with nuns who provide hospice care for the indigent. Amazingly, the Obama administration has managed it.
Its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor is the logical consequence of Obamacares conscience-trampling contraception mandate. The requirement went into effect January 1, but Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a New Years Eve injunction against enforcing it on the Little Sisters.
They are Catholic nuns who follow the doctrinal teachings of the church and therefore oppose contraceptive and abortive drugs and sterilization, all of which Obamacare mandates that employers cover in their insurance plans.
Given the ongoing delays, waivers, and exemptions associated with the law, it would seem natural simply to let the Little Sisters go about their business of pouring out their hearts for the sick and dying.
But this is a fight the administration wont walk away from. For this White House, it is a matter of principle. And the principle is that the state trumps the convictions of people with deep-held religious beliefs.
When the contraception mandate first caused an uproar, the administration contrived a so-called accommodation for religiously oriented groups (actual churches have always been exempt). But whoever crafted it had a sick sense of humor. The very same document by which a group registers its moral objection to contraceptives and abortifacients also authorizes the insurer to cover them for the groups employees. What the accommodation gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.
The Little Sisters refuse to sign such a document. They happen to be in an unusual situation because they get their insurance from another religiously affiliated organization opposed to contraceptives and abortifacients, so it may be that these drugs dont get covered no matter what. But the Little Sisters cant be sure of this the regulations are complicated and subject to change.
Regardless, they dont want to sign. They want no part in authorizing coverage of contraceptive or abortive drugs. Enthusiasts for the mandate scoff. What the nuns are objecting to, they insist, is just a piece of paper.
Just a piece of paper? So is a mortgage. So is a wedding certificate. So is a will. How would the board of directors of NARAL react if the government forced them to sign a piece of paper tacitly condemning contraception or abortion? Would they shrug it off as a mere formality?
The Little Sisters deserve deference. Their religious sensibility is different from and, one hazards to say, more finely tuned than that of the mandarins of President Barack Obamas administrative state. In a dispute over what their conscience tells them to do or not to do, the Little Sisters are better positioned to know than anyone else.
Besides, who is harmed if the Little Sisters dont provide contraception coverage? They are a voluntary organization. They arent imposing their views on anyone. Who, for that matter, is harmed if a secular organization run by people with moral objections to contraceptives and abortifacients refuses to cover them? Employees are still free to go out on their own and get contraceptives, which are widely available. If this sounds like an outlandish imposition, it is what people managed to do throughout American history all the way up to last week.
The contraception mandate has always had a strong ideological impetus. Opponents of the mandate want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notoriously declared in 2011. Weve come a long way in womens health over the last few decades, but we are in a war. By this bizarre way of thinking, a small congregation of nuns that cares for the most vulnerable is somehow complicit in a war on womens health.
Instead of respecting the moral views of the Little Sisters, the administration hopes to grind them under foot by force of law. For shame.