The Supreme Court gave businesses relief from Obamacare’s abortion mandate, but HHS is enforcing the rule anyway.
Whenever you hear someone claim that the Supreme Court has ruled and that it is now Federal law, ask yourself, when they make such statements, if they ever follow their own principles. Right now, states are ignoring Federal marijuana laws. Do liberals accuse such states of treason? Do they claim they must obey the Federal government?
The Supreme Court granted Hobby Lobby relief from the “birth control” mandate (see the quoted news story). Is the Obama Administration interested in honoring that decision?
LifeSite News reports, “New HHS mandate regulations ‘don’t belong in a free country’”
The Obama administration released new, finalized rules on Friday on the controversial HHS mandate – rules that critics say expose religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor to massive fines for following their conscience.
They also say the rule ignores the victory for religious freedom won by the Supreme Court with last year’s Hobby Lobby decision.
The HHS mandate requires all employers to furnish their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs at no co-pay as part of the Affordable Care Act, conventionally known as ObamaCare. The provision led to a national backlash, saying it tramples upon the conscience rights of religious business owners, effectively forcing them to choose between their livelihood and their faith.
The Obama administration’s latest “accommodation” states that closely held corporations – in which the stock is held by five or fewer families – may opt out of the provision by signing the self-certification form (form 700) and sending it to its insurance company. This letter triggers the insurance company to provide women with birth control for “free.” Religious employers objected that this still violated their faith, as it required their material participation in sin by granting a de facto authorization.
They also protest having the services provided by their own insurance companies.
The distinction between insurance paying for abortions or abortifacient drugs as part of a company’s insurance policy and having the insurance company provide the drugs “for free” is negligible. The money paid by the company is going to pay for abortions. This Supreme Court evasion tactic changes nothing.
Furthermore, it would be simple to have employees who want the coverage to deal with the insurance carrier themselves. Why does the Obama Administration even bother to try to force the employer to sign off on what violates his conscience when there is a simple way to avoid the issue? The answer is obvious: Forcing an employer to violate his or her conscience is not a means to an end; it is an end in itself. The Obama Administration wants to exercise power over others in this manner because it is a desirable thing to do for the people in the Obama Administration. We must not have any doubt that the Federal Government is our ultimate lord and master, and the unquestioned king over all consciences.
“The government keeps digging the hole deeper,” said Adèle Auxier Keim, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Just last week the Supreme Court ordered HHS not to enforce the exact rules they finalized today. But the government still won’t give up on its quest to force nuns and other religious employers to distribute contraceptives.”
“It’s small comfort to know that the government mandates a violation of a religious entity’s moral beliefs, and then offers to carry out the violation,” agreed Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “Even more incredible, HHS is now applying this scheme to family-owned businesses such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which already won relief from the government mandate by the Supreme Court. The Obama administration is disregarding the Court’s ruling declaring this mandate a violation of the family owned business’s religious freedoms.”
So why shouldn’t we have the same (lack of) respect for the Supreme Court inventing a new definition of marriage that none of us agreed to? When did the Founding Fathers cede to the Supreme Court the authority to tell us what marriage is?