The Worldnetdaily has its usual dishonest spin on the lawsuit filed by a group of nuns. And it’s a “Worldnetdaily exclusive,” which appears to mean nothing. Lots of other news outlets are writing about the same case. If it’s an “exclusive” then so is every story.
A brief filed with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by Catholic nuns against the government’s Obamacare rules and regulations asserts the White House can’t tell the religious-order members what to believe.
The case challenges the abortifacient mandate in Obamacare, which requires employers to provide employees with abortion-inducing drugs. The nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run homes for the elderly in Denver and in other locations, are not included in the religious employer exemption created by the government.
The brief explains that a loophole for organizations such as the Little Sisters that would have the abortifacients distributed by a third party on their behalf is inadequate.
Their faith prohibits them “from participating in the government’s program to distribute, subsidize, and promote the use of contraceptives, sterilization, or abortion-inducing drugs and devices.”
The government has persistently demanded that the Little Sisters “give up” their faith, the brief charges.
“The government has fought all the way to the Supreme Court, and continues to fight in this court, to force the Little Sisters to execute and deliver its mandatory contraceptive coverage form. … If the Little Sisters refuse, the government promises to impose severe financial penalties,” the brief notes.
All of which is a lie. The Little Sisters do not have to provide any contraception at all in their insurance coverage, much less “give up their faith.” And no one is telling them what they can and can’t believe. They are explicitly exempted from having to provide contraception. All they have to do is fill out a form saying they want an exemption and it is theirs. At that point, the insurance company will provide a separate rider for their employees who want one. Their entire case is based on a ridiculous lie.
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