Can you remember a presidential administration that initiated or inspired more major lawsuits?
Under this president’s leadership, states have been sued for trying to bring credibility to their voting rolls and for trying to get a handle on the out-of-control illegal immigration problem.
Some 26 states are suing the federal government over the president’s health care reform law – a backlash that history books may look back on as nothing short of a rebellion.
Now the administration has inspired the filing of lawsuits by 43 religious institutions over the health care law’s mandated insurance coverage for contraception and the morning-after abortion pill.
(As an aside, how Orwellian is this? That a government would try to force religious institutions to provide services they find abhorrent – and then the claim is made that there’s a war on women? It’s the exact opposite of the truth.)
Twelve new lawsuits by 43 Catholic institutions have brought the number of legal actions against Obamacare’s contraception mandate alone to 23.
If a president wanted to tie the nation up in legal knots, he or she couldn’t do any better than this.
It’s amazing, and alarming, that anyone in this country still has to go to the courts to force the government to observe our basic constitutional rights. It’s astounding that the federal government thinks it can force us to buy health insurance, or any other product. It’s horrifying that anyone in government thinks it can nullify the First Amendment and force Americans to violate their religious convictions in such a fundamental and grotesque way.
What part of this doesn’t the Obama administration understand? Catholics, as well as others, believe contraception kills.
As for those who don’t believe that, you, too, should be alarmed: Once they go after one person’s religious belief, no one’s is
“The (latest) lawsuits have been filed in eight states and the District of Columbia,” writes the Associated Press, “by the Archdioceses of Washington and New York, the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities in Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Indiana, health care agencies in New York and two dioceses in Texas.”
“Religious freedom, protected in the U.S. Constitution and other laws and statutes, is rooted in the dignity of every human person,” Catholic Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said in a moving and eloquent statement. “It is inherent in our humanity, a God-given right. It is a cornerstone of basic human rights and is necessary for the flourishing of society. We are obliged to defend it for ourselves and for others. We are asking in this lawsuit that this right be respected by our government.”
This, and all the other legal contretemps this administration has inspired, is exceedingly sad for a couple of reasons.
First, it ties up innumerable resources that could be used to create jobs and get the economy going again.
Second, the administration’s repeatedly bizarre misreading of the Constitution and of states’ and individual rights gives folks the wrong impression about the condition of their freedoms. If you were to take this administration’s view of the Constitution as gospel, this would be a very different country indeed – one with far fewer liberties.
It’s too bad we have to go to court to fight for what is already ours. But thank God we can.