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 Conscience||June 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.|