August 1, 2012: The Day Freedom of Conscience Died in America
As of July 31, 2012 a business owner who objects to abortion had the freedom of conscience to make sure that her company's insurance policies did not pay to facilitate the practice. But as of today, August 1, she no longer has that freedom. The ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandates take effect today, hailed by the Obama regime as a great and wonderful thing.
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care. This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”
What about pro-life women? Do they not exist?
In reality, what this law does is force millions of Americans to abide by the radical edge of the sexual revolution. It forces millions of Americans to violate their own consciences, and it prohibits the free exercise of their religion. It is a revolutionary act that puts government in charge of what business owners can do and think. It's un-American. If Rep. Nancy Pelosi gets her wish, the mandate will eventually even force churches to subsidize Planned Parenthood by forcing them to live under the abortifacient mandate. Pelosi said as much in February 2012:
At a press conference, Leader Pelosi was asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD: ”The Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., is a self-insured institution. Should the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., be required to pay for these morning-after pills and birth control if they find that morally objectionable?”
Pelosi talked about the importance of women’s health, and then said, “Yes, I think that all institutions who cover, who give, health insurance should cover the full range of health insurance issues for women.”
Concerned Women for America opposes the abortifacient mandate, which means they do not exist in the eyes of Obama, Sebelius and the other radicals who dominate the current regime. Despite the lack of media attention paid to CWA, it boasts 500,000 members, making it the largest public policy women's organization in the US. They are fighting the mandate, according to a press release quoting CWA President Penny Nance.
"CWA is leading the charge to repeal this mandate and, of course, the underlying law because this is an absolute assault on an individual's right to freedom and right to conscience. Let me also explain that most people think this is just about contraceptives. And no, in fact, Concerned Women for America doesn't even have a position on contraceptives. This mandate forces employers and individuals to pay for abortion-inducing drugs as well as contraceptives. So today is really a sad day for many Americans. Our government has violated our consciences despite the fact that the president promised, in passing the Affordable Care Act, that this wouldn't happen."
With Obama's birthday coming up on August 4th, it's as if the president gave himself an early present in the form of millions of aborted children. Or a dead Constitution.
His un-American mandate cannot stand. ObamaCare delenda est.