It is clear that there are numerous Obamacare plans that include elective abortion and that billions of taxpayer dollars will be handed out as credits to buy abortion-covering health insurance -- a clear violation of the Hyde amendment's fundamental principle of restricting funds to abortion-subsidizing health insurance plans.
If Obamacare is to encompass the full measure of abortions, Obama knows that he and his cronies must first remove all the stops that prohibit federal funding for the termination of life in the womb. Legislatively, the Dornan amendment was their start. And they will continue to chip away at the Hyde amendment, which prohibits the same through the Labor and Health and Human Services departments -- for example, with Medicaid.
Obama knows that if his pro-abortion agenda is to win the war on the womb, his administration must also oppose anti-abortion advocates, and chief among those warriors is the Roman Catholic Church. You know the White House isn't dumb enough to confront papal power overtly -- yet that doesn't stop it from chipping away at the anti-abortion wall by putting nuns and Catholic contraception views and values in its cross hairs.
On New Year's Eve, just one day before Obamacare's mandate forced nonprofit companies and religion-affiliated institutions across the country to provide contraception and drugs that possibly induce abortions in their employee health care plans, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the requirement for a care facility for the elderly, run by Catholic nuns who appealed to the high court for help.
As NPR explained, "churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the birth control requirement, but affiliated institutions that serve the general public are not. That includes charitable organizations, universities and hospitals."
In response to the nuns' appeal, the Department of Justice placed the Little Sisters of the Poor in an ethical dilemma in which group members must violate their faith or pay fines. The DOJ argued in legal papers filed last Friday that the nuns don't have a leg to stand on. The Obama administration tried to explain that they don't have to offer contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, as long as they sign a government form that delegates the action to a third party. Without signing that "self-certification" form, the nuns would incur steep government fines.
But Mark Rienzi, who is senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, responded on behalf of the nuns to the DOJ's argument by retorting that government officials "are simply blind to the religious exercise at issue: the Little Sisters and other Applicants cannot execute the form because they cannot deputize a third party to sin on their behalf."
And where is President Obama -- the so-called constitutional lawyer living in our White House -- during the whole debate? Coming out to protect the Bill of Rights for the nuns as he has for a number of progressive minorities? No. He's hiding behind the curtains in the Oval Office, manipulating his minions to follow his pro-abortion biddings.
It is not known when Justice Sotomayor will rule on these ludicrous government actions and violations of the nuns' personal religious liberty and practice. But one thing we do know is that the Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves right now regarding the government's obliteration of our First Amendment religious rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
What an utter constitutional and leadership travesty it is that Obamacare's promoter in chief repeatedly is breaking this promise: "Under our (health care reform) plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."
Seeing as our president won't honor life in the womb, please write or call your representatives to let them know where you stand. Read and hand out my friend Randy Alcorn's book "Why Pro-Life?" (http://www.epm.org). And then ensure your local community of faith is honoring Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on Jan. 20. The day commemorates the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in our country. Since then, more than 55 million abortions have taken place in the U.S.
I will follow up next week on Sotomayor's next action and where this case goes.
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