The latest victory for religious freedom came last Thursday when Judge Robert E. Blackburn of the US District Court in Colorado, ruled in favor of Dr. James C. Dobson, and found that the Affordable Care Act and the regulations constitute a substantial burden on the exercise of religion of the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, on behalf of Dr. Dobson, a noted Christian psychologist, and his “Family Talk” radio show. According to ADF, the court granted an injunction against the abortion pill mandate, although it’s likely the decision will be appealed by the federal government.
After the ACA became law on March 23, 2011, the Health and Human Services Department issued an additional mandate, stipulating employers provide coverage that pays for contraception, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs. Since then, according to the Becket Fund, 96 separate cases, representing over 300 plaintiffs have been filed against the mandate, challenging it on the grounds that it violates religious liberty.
Of those 96 cases, 48 were filed on behalf of ‘for-profit’ organizations, yielding a win ratio of 33-6, with seven remaining to be heard. The remaining 48 suits were filed on behalf of ‘non-profit’ organizations, resulting in a 21-1 score, with 26 yet to be determined.
What’s interesting to note is that these 96 cases were not filed because the employers do not want to insure their employees. Quite the contrary, these employers do insure their employees with quality plans which often exceed the minimum ACA requirements. However, as employers with strong religious convictions, they feel duty bound to live their beliefs and not participate in drugs or devices which terminate life prematurely, including lives of unborn children.
Yet the HHS mandate does not tolerate any employer providing insurance plans which do not provide abortifacient drugs. So basically, it’s all or nothing. And HHS structured the fines to crush companies who will not comply. A quick look at the disparity between the HHS fines and it becomes clear the federal government is only interested in one thing; breaking the back of religious faith.
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a paranormal thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She speaks regularly on the subjects of religious freedom, traditional marriage, and pro-life, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1.