In front of the Supreme Court, business owners argued that the Affordable Health Care Act, Obamacare, violated the First Amendment and other federal laws protecting religious freedom because it requires companies to provide coverage for contraceptives.
At least 100 entities have filed lawsuits against the contraception mandate in President Obama’s health care plan.
The National Organization for Women has said that it is not acceptable to disagree with this contraception mandate. The group believes employers should not be allowed to impose their personal beliefs on their employees.
Obamacare has several controversial mandates, including one stating that companies must pay for emergency contraceptive coverage for their employees. The mandate includes certain birth control drugs and devices, including the so-called “morning after” pill, which many deem the same as an abortion.
This puts many businesses in a tough position. Even if paying for emergency contraceptive coverage for its employees goes against its owners’ deeply held religious convictions, a business that refuses to provide that coverage would be forced to pay substantial fines or have its health insurance plan discontinued.
These types of personal moral debates are common. In the matter of insurance, should the government be forcing its more liberal social beliefs on private businesses? And what about religious institutions? For example, should the Catholic Church be forced to pay for an insurance plan for its employees that covers emergency contraception?
It’s an unfortunate dilemma.
Sadly, NOW, one of the nation’s largest pro-abortion lobbies, has taken it too far. It has labeled the 100 entities that filed the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate the “Dirty 100.” Included are Catholic orders of nuns, priest groups, and entire dioceses.
When did the war for women become the war against nuns? This is a pathetic ploy by NOW to gain notoriety in the Obamacare debate. The Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious institute for women who have dedicated themselves to the care of the elderly, the impoverished and the aged poor, now has a place on the Dirty 100 list.