One of the bright spots of the decision is that women will now be able to have access to birth control without needing a co-pay.
It’s bad for Christian groups who want to take away that access from women, like Liberty Counsel, a group that doesn’t understand that the ACA doesn’t fund abortions…:
ObamaCare is the largest funding of abortion in history. It will bankrupt America. It will destroy our healthcare system. The law must now be repealed. Elections have consequences. ObamaCare is the result of squandered votes cast in 2008. This November, we need to elect principled people who will repeal ObamaCare.
But religious groups aren’t done fighting against your rights to health care just yet.
“The Becket Fund’s religious liberty lawsuits against the unconstitutional HHS mandate will continue,” Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund, said in a statement after the ruling this morning. “Never in history has there been a mandate forcing individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay a severe fine, a fine which could force many homeless shelters, charities, and religious institutions to shut their doors.”
No churches or church groups will be forced to do anything they don’t want to do. This is a complete lack of understanding of what’s going on.The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is one of the groups that wants to make sure their religious beliefs trump others’ personal freedoms:
Second, the Act fails to include necessary language to provide essential conscience protection, both within and beyond the abortion context. We have provided extensive analyses of ACA’s defects with respect to both abortion and conscience. The lack of statutory conscience protections applicable to ACA’s new mandates has been illustrated in dramatic fashion by HHS’s “preventive services” mandate, which forces religious and other employers to cover sterilization and contraception, including abortifacient drugs.
Of course, the ACA isn’t going to force churches or explicitly religious groups to comply with this law. They’re exempt, as they have always been. But if you’re a Catholic employer running a public company (say, a university or a hospital), you can’t force your religious beliefs on your employees. You have to provide them with health coverage that includes contraception. If you don’t like it, don’t use it yourself. But you have no right to deny everyone else that same choice.
We already know most Catholics sitting in the pews don’t take the Church leaders seriously when it comes to issues of sex. Neither should the rest of us. Catholic leaders pretend to care about “religious freedom,” but they’ve always had the freedom to do whatever they wanted with their own bodies. What they’re really afraid of is losing power to dictate what we should do with ours.