The mandate’s defenders claim that this dispute has something to do with the right to health care. But no one has the “right” to force other people to pay for their abortion pills. Even the arcane bureaucratic language in the Federal Register can’t redefine coercion as freedom.
In truth, Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate has nothing to do with the supposed need to access abortion pills, and everything to do with the Obama administration denying access to religious freedom. As Timothy Cardinal Dolan said on Thursday, believers are called to “live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath.” Accepting the mandate would “abandon them to be forced to violate their morally well-informed consciences.”
The federal government is breaking the law by assuming it can deny religious freedom to all Americans except pastors, priests and nuns. The only acceptable solution would be for the administration to obey the Constitution and scrap this mandate. No federal bureaucrat can declare that religious freedom gets trumped by Obamacare’s pro-abortion agenda.
Icebergs have much more mass and depth than is apparent on the surface. Likewise, religious freedom is the mass that holds American liberty afloat. Obamacare has crashed into it.
The abortion-pill mandate’s problems cannot be solved or negotiated away by the president having his bureaucrats rearrange a few more deck chairs. President Obama must abandon this ship, or risk going down with it.
Matthew S. Bowman is a senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.