Despite the silence in the mainstream media there was a major victory on Friday for those who object to contraception mandates in the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (the irony never ends) voted 2-1 to reverse lower court rulings brought by Catholic families and their closely held corporations.
This would seem to set the stage for an eminent ruling from the Supreme Court to sort through conflicting rulings of the lower courts, with different rulings coming from courts in Philadelphia and Cincinnati while courts in Denver in Washington D.C. generally agree with the Chicago opinion.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a provision of the Obama administration’s health-care law requiring employers to provide birth-control coverage in employee insurance, ruling that it imposed a “substantial burden” on religious rights of two Midwestern companies.
The move by the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago marked the first time a federal appeals court has issued a ruling preventing the federal government from enforcing the provision. Federal appeals courts in Washington, D.C., and Denver have sided with plaintiffs challenging the provision on religious grounds but stopped short of issuing injunctions. Federal appeals courts in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, meanwhile, have sided with the Obama administration.
The Supreme Court could decide as soon as this month whether to review some of the cases.
The ACLU has voiced disappointment in the Chicago ruling. Newsmax reports:
“This decision is a disappointment,” Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in an e-mailed statement. The organization said it filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. “Your boss shouldn’t be able to discriminate against you because of what he or she believes, plain and simple. People are entitled to their own religious beliefs, but they don’t have the right to impose those views on others.”
Adora Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department, didn’t immediately respond to a call after regular business hours seeking comment on the order.
“This is an important issue to people who run these small companies and are dictated by their faith in how they should run the company,” said Edward White, a lawyer representing one of the plaintiffs, Cyril B. Korte.
The decision is the first appeals court ruling finding in favor of both the owners and the company, White said. That’s important because it makes clear that either the owners or the company can sue over the mandate, he said.
The Supreme Court will take up the case because “you have a conflict on an important national issue,” White said. “We’re overjoyed.”
The cases are Korte v. Sebelius, 12-3841, and Grote v. Sebelius, 13-1077, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago).
We are not talking about condoms here. We are not only talking about simple sterilization techniques either. We are talking about things as serious as abortion.
We all know there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the Obama administration has decided to move forward with its mandate that private insurance companies must provide “free” coverage of contraception and sterilization procedures, as well as an abortion pill called “ella”–which is much friendlier sounding than its “close chemical relative” RU-486.
Source: Weekly Standard
Self-service abortion is still abortion. There are also conflicting reports in the media about how Planned Parenthood and certain types of full service abortions are funded through the Affordable Care Act. I for one do not want a single penny of my money paying for what I feel is morally wrong. I don’t think that is too much to ask.
Earlier this year liberal America quietly celebrated a milestone. Earlier this year we officially aborted our 50,000,000th baby in this country. That’s 50 million!
I am not in a position to change the law but I don’t have to like it.
I don’t know about you but that statistic makes me sick. I have a right to object to that and I should not have to pay for it. Period.
This is just one of many things wrong with The Affordable Care Act.