Ken Blackwell

Those states—and literally hundreds of “friends of the court” who have submitted briefs against this unconstitutional and unconscionable bill—make the powerful point that when King George III and the British Parliament laid a tax on tea, even they would not have presumed to make us buy the tea.

With this latest Sebelius diktat, we are being forced to drink the tea. The HHS mandate will force us to violate our consciences and provide drugs that can cause abortions. To us, killing unborn children at any stage is never health care. It is a grave sin.

So, we must strenuously oppose this HHS mandate. But we cannot ignore the storm warnings. This mandate does not include RU-486, the lethal drug that causes later abortions than those that can be caused by ella and Plan B. These are included. Why does this administration exempt RU-486 and all surgical abortions?

The logic of their position is this: abortion is a fundamental right; abortion is a legitimate means of family planning; abortion should be spread around the world by UNFPA and Planned Parenthood and funded by American taxpayers.

But they have not included such later lethal drugs and such killing procedures in their entering bid. Why not?

Abraham Lincoln spoke out most eloquently not just about the terrible 1857 Dred Scott ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also showed where it would lead. In his justly famous “House Divided” speech of 1858, Lincoln said:

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

He showed with relentless logic that the principle that underlay that infamous court ruling was that slaves were property, that their owners could take them into the territories, and Congress had no power to prevent that. But if slaves are property and only property, then how can an owner be prevented from taking his “property”—his slaves—into the free states? Lincoln showed that we were just one court ruling away from abolishing all the free states. Logically, we would become all slave or all free. We could not “tend” toward both eventualities.

The Obama administration today tells us we must provide drugs that can cause abortions.

Tomorrow, they will tell us we must provide the abortions. The logic is inescapable.

Against what they do today, we must resist. Against they threaten to do to us tomorrow, we must resist, as well. If they do these things in the green wood, what will they do in the dry?

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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