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  • Supreme Court sends ObamaCare contraception mandate case back to lower courts

    05/16/2016 9:53:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 5/16/17 | ap/fox
    The Supreme Court punted Monday on a challenge by religious-affiliated employers to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, sending the election-year dispute back to the lower courts. ADVERTISEMENT The justices had been considering whether religious-affiliated institutions like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity of nuns, can be exempt from having to pay for -- or indirectly allow -- birth control and other reproductive coverage in their health plans. But the court did not rule on the merits. Instead, the justices sent the cases back to the appeals courts to make new decisions based on recent statements. “The Court expresses no...
  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to HHS Contraception Mandate

    11/07/2015 7:49:53 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 6, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Justices will give the Little Sisters of the Poor their day in court The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge from religious organizations who say the government’s requirement that their health plans provide coverage for contraceptives violates their religious beliefs.The high court ruled last year, in the Hobby Lobby case, that the Health and Human Services contraception mandate violates for-profit businesses’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the new challenge examines how religious-operated groups, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and some colleges and dioceses, who employ lay people, have to comply with the contraception mandate.The Obama administration crafted an indirect...
  • Defend the Little Sisters of the Poor -- and American Liberty

    07/22/2015 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | July 22, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing homes for the elderly poor. Every friend of freedom should rally to their cause. The federal government is now seeking to deny these sisters freedom of conscience. It has already taken its case against their liberty all the way through the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 10th Circuit. If the government succeeds, it means Catholic nuns in this country can no longer freely exercise their Catholic faith. They must...
  • Justices act in other health law mandate cases (Hobby Lobby applies broadly to ALL contraceptives)

    07/01/2014 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling. The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception....
  • Sandra Fluke the Sexist: Women Can’t Take Care of Themselves

    06/30/2014 8:23:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    I don’t mean to be (entirely) dismissive… But does Sandra Fluke actually still matter to anyone? I mean, you would think that even Democrats might eventually grow tired of listening to a 30-something year old college student whine about wanting free birth-control. But, I guess you would be wrong. Sandra is at it again, ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. Hobby Lobby has been fighting for the religious liberty of its owners before the Supreme Court. Today, SCOTUS is expected to release its ruling on the matter – determining whether or not the Obamacare contraception...
  • EWTN files for emergency mandate relief with Supreme Court

    06/27/2014 5:01:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    The EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a motion for emergency relief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for an injunction to bar enforcement of the federal contraception mandate. Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, explained that the network has already requested this protection with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, “but that court has yet to respond to our petition.” Without an injunction offering protection from the mandate, EWTN would be forced to comply with its demands starting July 1. As a result, the network filed its motion for emergency relief with the high court June 27. “We...
  • Catholic TV Network Forced to Comply With HHS Mandate

    06/18/2014 12:04:12 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 18, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    EWTN: Global Catholic Television Network (EWTN), a Catholic-themed television network founded in 1980 in a garage studio by a nun, has been denied protection from the HHS contraception mandate following a decision yesterday by Mobile, Ala. District Judge Callie V. Granade. A statement posted on EWTN's website and Facebook page by CEO Michael P. Warsaw expressed his disappointment with the decision and said that EWTN will seek an appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
  • Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

    06/06/2014 8:36:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/5/2014
    A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. “We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops or businessmen, cannot in good conscience provide insurance that covers drugs and procedures that undermine the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, the benefit association’s vice-president, said June 5. “Religious freedom entails more than the right to worship and any contrary legislation...
  • Supreme Court declines to hear new contraception cases [Catholic Univ and others]

    03/31/2014 8:12:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/31/2014 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up preliminary appeals brought by Roman Catholic groups that want an exemption from part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The cases were brought by a series of Roman Catholic-affiliated nonprofit groups based in Washington, D.C., including Catholic University. The legal issue is different from one involving for-profit companies that also object on religious grounds to the so-called contraception mandate, which was argued before the high court last week. The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the two cases at this stage means...
  • Six Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases The media narrative is false

    03/28/2014 8:20:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 24, 2014 | Gabriel Malor
    This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious beliefs. The outcome of the combined cases, popularly styled Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, will shape how government interacts with religious Americans for decades to come. It is no overstatement to say that an adverse outcome would banish from public life many Americans who wish to go on operating their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs, as they have for decades. But a funny thing happens if you pick up a newspaper covering these cases....
  • Administration: We Can Force You to Cooperate in Killing Your Grandchild

    03/26/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | March 26, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Question: Does the Obama administration claim the right to force Americans to cooperate in killing their own grandchildren? Answer: Yes. On the face of it, this seems like an outrageous claim. But it is true. The outrage is what the government is demanding Americans do. The Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- includes a "requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage." The main part of this "requirement" says: "An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for...
  • Live Blog: Contraception Cases at Supreme Court

    03/25/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03/25/2014 | WSJ/Brent Kendall
    Lawyer Paul Clement, representing the challengers, received little time to offer opening remarks on his position before the court jumped in with questions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor got things started with this: If corporations can object on religious grounds to providing contraception coverage, could they also object to vaccinations or blood transfusions?
  • Contraception Mandate Trampling Religious Freedom?

    03/25/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 26 replies
    CBN ^ | March 25, 2014 | Paul Strand
    The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the most prominent case yet pitting some Americans' religious rights against Obamacare's edicts Tuesday. Some say Obamacare is forcing business owners who believe abortion is a sin to pay for contraception that will terminate life in the womb. Others warn if the justices side with those business owners, it could lead to all sorts of business owners using religion to try to dodge all sorts of laws. Hobby Lobby's owners have lived out their religious beliefs through the store chain for decades, like keeping all Hobby Lobbys closed on Sundays. They company is...
  • There's Nothing Live-and-Let-Live About the Orwellian Pro-Abortion Left

    03/25/2014 5:59:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's fitting that the pro-abortion crowd dominating the Obama executive branch is not about to adopt a "live and let live" attitude toward its opponents in litigation concerning the government's effort to force corporations to subsidize the killing of human beings. The Affordable Care Act, an Orwellian title for a statute if there ever was one, requires employers to provide health care coverage for their employees that fully covers all forms of "contraception." Let's stop right there. Do you get the idea that the pro-abortion left is trying to force its ideology down our throats as much as it's trying...
  • Supreme Court to take up ObamaCare contraceptive mandate in landmark case

    03/25/2014 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | March 25, 2014
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a landmark religion-based legal challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives in their health plans under ObamaCare. The case challenges the health care law's so-called "contraceptive mandate," which requires employers to offer health plans with a range of services at no extra charge, including all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators. Some of the nearly 50 businesses that have sued over covering contraceptives object to paying for all forms of birth control. But the companies involved in the high court case are...
  • Appalling: NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate

    03/23/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2013 | Dustin Siggins
    With many political debates, I try to give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I’ve almost stopped being that generous with the left’s media and thought leaders. This New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why. Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious...
  • Six days and counting: The HHS Contraception Mandate gets its time in the Supreme Court

    03/19/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Next week, probably the most egregious regulatory measure under this administration gets its time in the Supreme Court: The HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate.As most people know, the mandate was initiated on January 20, 2012, and sparked an immediate backlash. Many people were bothered morally because of the anti-life components of the mandate, while organizations across the country were disturbed at how it failed to offer an appropriately broad religious exemption from the mandate.Despite several “compromises,”most of which were largely accounting gimmicks, there have been dozens of lawsuits by non-profit and for-profit organizations. According to the Alliance Defense Freedom (ADF), which represents...
  • Court: Notre Dame must adhere to ObamaCare birth control mandate (goes to Supremes)

    02/22/2014 3:27:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/22/14 | Tim Devaney
    The University of Notre Dame must provide birth control to employees and students after a federal appeals court ruled Friday, a move the school says will force it to violate its religious beliefs. In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame's request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception. The injunction would have given Notre Dame a temporary reprieve from the birth control mandate, as the Roman Catholic school challenges the rule in court....
  • President Obama versus Hobby Lobby

    01/27/2014 5:57:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 27, 2014 | Star Parker
    Senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, wrote for the White House blog and the Huffington Post that, "A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's." I couldn't agree more. Odd then that the administration is trying to insert bosses, many of them against their deeply held religious beliefs, into the private health care decisions of women. Ms. Jarrett writes that, "The ACA (Affordable Care Act) was designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor, and not by her boss, or Washington politicians." In fact, the administration...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor (win injunction against HHS mandate)

    01/25/2014 3:16:31 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Becket Fund ^ | January 24, 2014
    For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014Media Contact: Emily Hardman,, 202.349.7224Washington, D.C. – Today the Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the controversial HHS mandate while their case is before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction means that the Little Sisters will not be forced to sign and deliver the controversial government forms authorizing and instructing their benefits administrator to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and drugs and devices that may cause early abortions (see video). The Court’s order also provides protection to more than 400 other Catholic organizations that receive...
  • USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

    01/18/2014 2:58:58 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 14, 2014
    <p>Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.</p> <p>Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.</p>
  • Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Obama -- free exercise of religion is under attack

    01/16/2014 5:39:07 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies ^ | January 16, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    .....Generally, for almost 230 years, the federal government left us alone to choose freely our religious practices and to worship as we believe. Until now. Today, the free exercise of religion is under attack by the government. When Congress enacted the Affordable Health Care Act -- I prefer to call it ObamaCare because it is President Obama’s brainchild, his signature legislation, and because there is nothing affordable about it -- members of Congress must have known that the law would impose obligations upon persons that would force them to engage in behavior in violation of their religious beliefs. snip His...
  • Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?

    01/12/2014 6:19:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2014 | Brenda Zurita
    Many of you have heard about the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns providing care for the elderly, who  are now taking on the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act's (ObamaCare) contraception mandate. Religious exemptions from the ObamaCare contraception mandate are often made for government-approved entities, but the Obama Administration has deemed the nuns, who work exclusively with the elderly, unworthy of an exception. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary injunction, so they do not have to violate their religious beliefs by offering health insurance that...
  • Seeking Accommodation (Obama Administration vs. the Religious Freedom Restoration Act)

    01/08/2014 2:29:15 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 8, 2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    People forget it now, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the law that companies and nonprofit organizations are using to fight the Obama administration’s requirement that almost all employers cover contraception, sterilization, and drugs that may cause abortion in their insurance plans — was controversial among conservatives in its first years. The old debate over it should remind us of two truths that, while compatible, are in tension with each other: The principle for which conservatives are fighting in today’s cases is important, and it is not absolute.The story starts in the 1980s, when two drug counselors in...
  • Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions but not for the Nuns

    01/07/2014 7:06:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | 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 Obamacare’s conscience-trampling contraception mandate. The requirement went into effect January 1, but Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a New Year’s 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...
  • Obamacare birth control mandate doesn't violate nuns' rights: US ('Just submit and it will be OK')

    01/04/2014 5:18:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/4/2013
    The US Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to throw out a challenge from a nuns' group against a birth control mandate in the Obamacare health reform law. The Little Sisters of the Poor had asked the US high court to exempt it from the controversial birth control clause, saying that providing birth control was contrary to its religious beliefs. The US government, in its written response, asked the court to lift the temporary block on birth control, arguing that the provision does not apply to the nuns anyway. The Little Sisters' lawsuit is "not about the availability...
  • Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

    01/04/2014 6:42:52 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | January 3, 2014
    A resident and a sister arrange flowers at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Mullen Home in Denver, CO in this undated file photo. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say. Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the religious sisters in court, charged that the government's claim amounts to “doublespeak” and...
  • Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate For Religious Groups (WOW!)

    12/31/2013 7:39:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 82 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 31, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde
    Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate For Religious Groups By M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde, NBC News Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a last-ditch plea from Catholic groups Tuesday night to block a birth control mandate in the new health care law for religious organizations, just hours before it was to have gone into effect. The archdioceses of Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn., the Catholic Conference of Michigan and several affiliated groups requested the emergency stay of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would require companies — regardless of religious beliefs — to provide contraceptives and other abortion-inducing...
  • Federal Judge Calls Obamacare "Totally Ineffective" While Striking Down Contraception Mandate

    12/17/2013 2:46:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies ^ | December 17, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Yesterday, Judge Brian Cogan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, not only struck down Obamacare's contraception mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations, but also sent a strong signal that federal courts were losing patience with President Obama's many stitches of executive power. Previous courts had ruled against President Obama's contraception mandate as applied to for-profit entities (see Sebelius v Hobby Lobby), but this was the first court to hold that participating in Obama's scheme to provide free birth control is a substantial burden on the free practice of religion (specifically the Catholic...
  • High court ends Liberty University lawsuit over health law

    12/02/2013 9:12:49 AM PST · by TheBigB · 165 replies
    Fox News Online ^ | 12/2 | AP
    <p>The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university's attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration's health care law.</p> <p>The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing Liberty University's lawsuit.</p>
  • Scotus Deciding If ObamaCare Trumps Religious Liberty

    11/27/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge by a Christian-owned store chain against the HHS birth-control mandate that requires businesses to provide contraception coverage, a violation of religious conscience. Some 16 months after the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a constitutional form of taxation, some 40 for-profit companies are about to find out its constitutionality on another front — whether they must cover some or all forms of birth control if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The nation's highest court has agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of a June decision by the U.S. 10th Circuit...
  • Forcing Christians to Eat Pork

    07/09/2013 12:24:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 9, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    While Barack Obama has often been compared to leaders of the past, it's unlikely anyone has yet associated him with Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Ruler of the Seleucid Empire between 175 and 164 B.C., King Antiochus is best known for the persecution of Jews, and one story from the second book of Maccabees is particularly relevant here. As the passage tells us, the king was bent on forcing a Jewish woman and her seven sons to, of all things, eat pork. The boys resisted and were tortured and killed one by one as their mother, who ultimately was also murdered, looked...
  • Hobby Lobby Asks Court to End Birth-control Mandate

    05/24/2013 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argued that businesses — not just the currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek exception from that section of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.
  • Sandra Fluke: Opposing the Contraception Mandate Is Just Like Opposing Leukemia Coverage

    02/01/2013 6:08:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | February 1, 2013 | Kate Hicks
    On MSNBC this afternoon, Sandra Fluke truly outdid herself, attempting to argue that the people who disagree with the contraception mandate on religious freedom grounds are in the same category as people who oppose insurance coverage for leukemia. Sandra Fluke: Opponents to Contraception Mandate Have 'Very Extreme Ideas About What's important to note is that some of the folks who are continuing to object to this policy are actually worried about employers who are private companies, not religiously affiliated employers in any way, but the boss has a particular religious concern, and they want to be able to deny...
  • Gingrich on Sebelius: 'She Is Waging War on The Catholic Church’

    08/08/2012 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 8, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was “waging war on the Catholic Church”—an apparent reference to the Obamacare regulation she finalized earlier this year that requires nearly all health-care plans to offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge. “This secretary of HHS is a radical. She is waging war on the Catholic Church. She’s adopted radical positions on a range of issues,” Gingrich said during a conference call on Wednesday. … In its lawsuit against the HHS and Sebelius, the Archdiocese of New York cited similar comments made...
  • The president is winning his phony ‘war on women’

    04/12/2012 11:55:26 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies ^ | April 10, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama has become an expert at making phony claims and exploiting bogus issues. On the energy front, who can forget his claim that we’d have no need for new oil production or exploration if we simply kept our tires properly inflated and got regular tune-ups? Now it’s fuel made from algae, a technology that is, at best, decades away and will probably be just as cost-ineffective as ethanol. The president’s phony issue du jour is the Republican Party’s alleged war on women. The issue’s roots were planted at the Jan. 7 Republican primary debate in New Hampshire. ABC News'...
  • Dolan describes Obama’s about-face on contraception mandate

    04/01/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 31, 2012 | Catherine Harmon
    The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto has a fascinating interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in which the president of the US bishops’ conference discusses the interactions he’s had with President Barack Obama over the last several months regarding the birth-control mandate handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dolan describes the 45-minute meeting he had with Obama last November, at which he understood the president to say that the Catholic Church’s religious freedoms would be protected as the health-care law was implemented: “I said, ‘I’ve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense...
  • HHS Messes with Texas. Obama’s real agenda is clear: abortion.

    03/22/2012 6:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/22/2012 | Patrick Brennan
    While opposition to the HHS mandate has caused many liberals to accuse Republicans of a “war on women,” the Obama administration itself has just declared the first front in its own war on women’s health care. Its casus belli? The Texas government’s restriction on funding for abortion providers. As of last week, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn $30 million worth of funding from a Texas Medicaid program that provides health-care services for low-income women. This HHS policy begins to confirm what conservatives have suspected all along: While the Obama administration has made it clearer than...
  • First Secular Business Sues Over HHS Mandate

    03/19/2012 6:37:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies · 3+ views
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/16/12 | Catholic News Agency
    A Missouri business owner says his right to religious freedom is being threatened.ST. LOUIS (CNA/EWTN News)—A Missouri business owner has become the first employer of a for-profit, secular company to bring a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. “Religious liberty is not limited to institutions,” said attorney Francis Manion, who says his client believes the administration is forcing him to violate his conscience under the new federal rule. Manion told CNA on March 15 that the lawsuit is important for private business owners because it asserts that “they too have religious rights, and the government has to respect those...
  • Carney to bishops: Birth control decision is final

    03/15/2012 5:30:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/12 | Neil Munro
    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Thursday dismissed calls for a reconsideration of President Barack Obama’s controversial regulation of the health care policies offered by religious organizations, one day after Catholic leaders repeated their offer to hash out an agreement. “The solution that was reached here … has been reached, and we firmly believe that it achieves the goals that the president set,” Carney said at Thursday’s White House press conference. On Feb. 10 Obama announced a new regulation that forces religious groups to financially support activities they abhor, but that the government supports. In particular, the president directed religious
  • Obamacare's illegal fee on faith

    03/10/2012 7:49:29 PM PST · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    washington Examiner ^ | 3/10/2012 | Rep. Marsha Blackburn
    During the debate over Obamacare, President Obama repeatedly told us that "if you like what you have ... you can keep it." But the new Department of Health and Human Services birth control mandate that erodes religious liberty breaks his promise. For the first time in history, our government is taking away the right of individuals to abide by their deeply held religious convictions. The administration continues to peddle the lie that a "compromise" has been reached to protect our First Amendment rights. But mainstream newspapers across the country say Obama's sidestep is nothing more than a phony accounting gimmick....
  • Flukes Testimony

    03/04/2012 1:54:02 PM PST · by Netizen · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Law Students for Reprodutive Justice ^ | March 2012 | Sandra Fluke
    This is the html version of the file Page 1 Leader Pelosi, Members of Congress, good morning, and thank you for calling this hearing on women’s health and allowing me to testify on behalf of the women who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage regulation. Myname is Sandra Fluke, and I’m a third year student at Georgetown Law, a Jesuit school. I’m also a past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice or LSRJ. I’d like to acknowledge my fellow LSRJ members and allies and all of the student activists with us and thank them...
  • The Fluke Gambit Pays Off For Dems (Sandra is now the media-designated victim of Republicans)

    03/05/2012 5:58:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/05/2012 | James Lewis
    Sandra Fluke  is now the official, media-designated victim of woman-hating Republicans, with an assist from Rush Limbaugh.Where have we seen this soap opera before? That's an important question, because this is the Big Play of the scapegoating left.  It's pure, standard Alinsky, and they do it over and over again.That's why it is important for normal, decent Americans to learn how it works. Once you recognize it you'll see it done over and over again. Conservatives who can't predict the radical left are losers. As in football, we have to study the playbook of the opposition. It's the first...
  • Obama in personal phone call to Sandra Fluke: Your parents should be proud

    The president clearly thinks it’s advantageous to keep conservatives preoccupied with his contraception mandate because he sure ensures the topic stays in the spotlight. Today, he did that with a rare personal phone call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who earlier this week testified in support of the mandate by saying that she and her peers are “going broke” to buy birth control.
  • Despite furor, Limbaugh refuses to back down on criticism of Sandra Fluke (Good! Never retreat)

    03/02/2012 6:21:30 PM PST · by tobyhill · 94 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/2/2012 | nbc
    Despite an outcry that has crossed political lines, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh did not back down Friday from his criticism of a Georgetown student who advocated for the availability of birth control at a recent hearing before congressional Democrats. During his latest show, he mocked the fact that Sandra Fluke received a phone call from President Barack Obama, insisting that given her testimony about birth control, she should "disconnect the phone. I'd go into hiding and hope the media didn't find me." Limbaugh also denied he was opposed to birth control, according to a transcript of his show. “This...
  • Peter Schweizer: Big Pharma’s Role in the Contraception Debate (Obama's cronies hand is behind this)

    03/02/2012 6:45:09 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Friday March 2, 2012 | Peter Schweizer
    Forget for a minute the religious question and look at who wins big here: Big Pharma. This mandate is not really about condoms or generic versions of “the pill,” which are available free or cheap in lots of places. This is about brand-name birth control drugs and other devices that some consumers swear off because they are too expensive. The Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requires health-insurance companies provide contraceptive coverage for all “FDA approved contraceptive methods.” It does not insist on generics. And it does not offer any cost containment. What’s more, the mandate prevents health-insurance companies from...
  • The Democrats are Desperate: Obama Calls Sandra Fluke, the 30-Year-Old Victim

    03/02/2012 1:20:32 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies ^ | March 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would allow vasectomies only when necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death." You will not find the name "Rush Limbaugh" anywhere on this legislation. Nor do I know Ms. Newman. I'm not in cahoots with her. In the state of Missouri, a woman "frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health" has proposed legislation that would deny men the right to have a vasectomy whenever...
  • Daily Kos would like to shut down The Rush Limbaugh Show

    03/02/2012 1:26:51 PM PST · by hope · 31 replies
    vanity | 3/2/12 | me
    <p>The selectively offended are in an all out campaign to target the Rush Limbaugh Show. This leftist machine are now in full throttle to take down any descent. This is just the beginning...must have been mass emails to all their minions...the petition signing is enourmous.</p>
  • NOW Calls for Clear Channel to Pull the Plug on Limbaugh

    03/02/2012 1:36:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies
    NOW Calls for Clear Channel to Pull the Plug on Limbaugh Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill March 2, 2012 Bigoted bully Rush Limbaugh has been rewarded for his hostile, hate-filled speech for far too long. The National Organization for Women calls on Clear Channel Communications to pull the plug on Limbaugh's gilded microphone immediately. In addition, we call on Limbaugh's conservative comrades in the media to fully denounce, with no excuses, his derogatory comments. Limbaugh's targeting of Sandra Fluke was way out of line, even for him. Limbaugh is free to disagree all he wants with Fluke -- a...
  • White House enters controversy over Limbaugh comments (BAM-BAM PHONES FLUKE!)

    03/02/2012 1:36:58 PM PST · by workerbee · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/2/12
    President Obama injected himself Friday into the controversy over Rush Limbaugh's comments about a Georgetown University student who spoke to lawmakers about birth control, calling the 30-year-old woman to thank her for "exercising her right as a citizen to speak out." But Limbaugh stood his ground, using his nationally syndicated radio show to mock Obama's call and charge Democrats with trying to exploit the controversy to make up for "failure on their decades-long abortion push." "It just isn't the winning issue for them it used to be. ... If it were, this wouldn't be about contraception, this would be about...