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Unconscionable mandate: Obamacare is set to trample the sanctity of human life

By Ed FeulnerThe Washington Times
Posted on: Monday, June 4th, 2012
Original publication date: May 31, 2012

“We have tried negotiation with the [Obama] administration and legislation with the Congress - and we’ll keep at it - but there’s still no fix. Time is running out.”

Running out, that is, for many religious organizations across the country that provide services to people in need. For when Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the words quoted above, he was defending the right of the groups to serve inner-city children, the elderly, deaf, HIV/AIDS patients, developmentally disabled and homeless - and many others.

All together, 55 religious organizations have joined 23 separate lawsuits filed in district courts nationwide. Their common foe? The Obamacare anti-conscience mandate.

The mandate would force these groups to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization. Never mind that this stands in direct opposition to a central tenet of their faith. The Obama administration is taking the Rhett Butler approach to their right to practice their religion without government interference: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Hold on, some may say. Didn’t the administration carve out a religious exemption? Yes, for churches and other houses of worship. Not for religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, charities and other nonprofits. As Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, has pointed out, the Obama administration’s “conception of what constitutes the practice of religion is so narrow that even Mother Teresa would not have qualified.”

So now we have government deciding who is religious enough and who isn’t. Imagine what the Founding Fathers would say about that.

Many of these groups are not ones inclined toward activism or to opposing the administration. Among the plaintiffs, in fact, is the University of Notre Dame, who only three years ago invited Mr. Obama to deliver a commencement address and awarded him an honorary law degree. If this is his way of saying thanks, imagine what he must do to those who cross him.

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About Preserve Religious Freedom

This lawsuit is about religious freedom and our ability to serve the public, not about contraception. The Church maintains that the First Amendment protects the Catholic Church's ability to serve the public in accordance with its faith and to operate its religious institutions without government interference. The argument challenges the way the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines what is, and is not, a religious institution. By including an exemption at all, the government apparently agrees that, in keeping with decades of practice and precedent, religious institutions should not be compelled to purchase drugs or procedures that violate deeply held religious or moral beliefs.

But, the Administration's HHS mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that religious schools, hospitals, and social services don't qualify as religious, and must therefore provide these drugs and procedures. This violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. It forces religious organizations to sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving the public. Read more about the plaintiffs filing this lawsuit here.

Preserve Religious Freedom
c/o Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

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