Matthew Bowman

By no coincidence, the "experts" who created President Obama's anti-pregnancy standard were, without exception, activists for Planned Parenthood and its anti-life allies, and the same crowd are the mandate's biggest cheerleaders. Planned Parenthood profits by propagandizing pregnancy as a problem you can pay them to block or terminate. Now the government will be footing much of that bill or forcing others to pay.

Defenders of the president's mandate have justified its coercion by claiming that an employer who chooses not to treat pregnancy as a disease is just as extreme as a Jehovah's Witness who refuses blood transfusions. But as philosopher Francis Beckwith points out, if that analogy holds, the government would be justified in taking minors of Christian parents and fitting or injecting them with contraceptives, just as the government can order blood transfusions for Jehovah’s Witness children. Anti-pregnancy coercion follows from the premise now embodied in federal law.

Ironically, supporters of ObamaCare claimed it would assist birth by providing health care for pregnant women, and at the outset, pregnancy will be covered. But this is an anomaly required by politics. It cannot coexist alongside formal government derision of pregnancy itself, a hostility that even some Christians on the left are defending in their support of the mandate. A destructive, expensive, self-chosen health crisis cannot be allowed to exist under government controlled healthcare.

Years ago, President Obama infamously let slip his core attitude towards pregnancy when he said if his daughter got pregnant he would want her to have unlimited "choice" so she would not be "punished with a baby." There is hardly any space, or time, between thinking people are punished with a baby, and concluding they should be punished for a baby.


Matthew Bowman

Matt Bowman is senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.