This is the Beginning, Not the End of the Legal Challenges to the HHS Mandate

I have had the honor of working with the woman quoted in this article, Dorinda Bordlee, on pro life legislation in the past. She is a woman after my own heart. Her comments about today’s Supreme Court Ruling upholding the insurance mandate portion of the Affordable Health Care Act are, in my opinion, spot on. We have just begun to fight the HHS Mandate which forces churches, religious institutions and individuals to violate their long-held moral teachings.

This article contains links to the ruling itself and the BDF amicus brief which describes how the mandate imposes an “abortion premium.” I’m posting it here in response to the bishops’ request that we use this Fortnight for Freedom to study the mandate.


 Obamacare Ruling Effectively Imposes a Tax on Pro-Life ConscienceJune 28, 2012. Washington, D.C. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court majority upheld the Obamacare law in its entirety under the unexpected reasoning that the “penalty” imposed on citizens who do not buy approved insurance is a “tax”, and thus legitimate under Congress’ tax and spend power. The dissent characterized the majority’s ruling as illegitimate “judicial tax-writing.”Bioethics Defense Fund President Nikolas T. Nikas said, “Because Obamacare contains conscience violating mandates, this decision effectively imposes a tax on pro-life conscience.”Dorinda Bordlee, BDF senior counsel, said, “It is important to note that this decision on the individual mandate does not address the pending religious liberty challenges to the HHS mandate or the abortion premium mandate raised in Bioethics Defense Fund’s amicus brief filed with the high court.” Bordlee said that “This is the beginning, not the end, of the legal challenges to the pro-abortion Obamacare Act.”Bioethics Defense Fund lawyers are carefully analyzing the 193-page opinion, and will continue to expose and fight the religious liberty and pro-life conscience violations embodied in the Obabamcare Act.

Now, more than ever, your continued support is critical as we continue the fight to put law in the service of life.


  • servusfidelis

    As Padre Pio liked to say: Pray, hope and don’t worry. Kind of hard under the circumstances and hard not to foster some anger and disbelief in our elected leaders in Washington. The SCOTUS decision on AZ and now Obamacare have floored me for the moment . . . but we’ll get up and fight again.

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  • faithfulnibbles

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    Praying for you and for Colorado. Hope you made it home with no complication no complications today.

  • JessicaHof

    It seems as though this evil is uniting faithful Christians of different churches. All those of us who watch your struggle from afar can do is to pray for you – and I am.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Jessica, I think the most hopeful part of this is that is may inspire Christians to lay down their insignificant differences and realize that we all stand together at the foot of the cross.

  • McDermott Footcare

    from Standing at the foot of the cross at the crucifixion….but there Resurrection day will come. Remain steadfast. Faithful Catholics from afar are with you just as you are with us.

  • J.G.Brown

    At the cross Satin danced and his minions swayed for they felt that they had won, but in the dawning light of that third day Satins joy was crushed for the son he rose and pro-claim that death and sin were done.Once more now into that unholy breach men and women must reach to stand to defend the truth of the Gospel of the Christ; This not only a Catholic battle it is a Christian battle for freedom of choice for the freedom to practice ones faith with out government intervention or tyrannies decrees.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      True. Thank you J. G.

      “This not only a Catholic battle it is a Christian battle for freedom of choice for the freedom to practice ones faith with out government intervention or tyrannies decrees.”

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