Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic group, will be forced to pay contraceptives and abortions against their religious convictions thanks to a federal judge’s ruling in a lawsuit brought by Left-wing attorneys general.
U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam with the for the Northern District of California issued an injunction against Trump administration rules scheduled to take effect allowing employers to opt out of birth control coverage due to religious or moral objections, the Washington Examiner reported. The decision means that the Department of Health and Human Services’ rules will not take effect in the District of Columbia and 13 states. Gilliam has previously blocked similar Trump administration rules.
The birth control mandate stems from the Obamacare law, which was crafted in a manner permitting HHS officials to decide on the type of preventative care health insurance plans should cover without copays. The Obama administration, always siding against life, determined that all manner of birth control should be included.
The way the law was written means that the Trump administration should also be able to make such decisions on preventative care, and if the current administration does not want to include abortion and birth control, then that should be the end of it because the law is still on the books.
However, when you’re a Left-wing judge on the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit court, the law says what you want it to say if it violates your pro-abortion convictions. Hence, Gilliam’s ruling.
In 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court directed lower courts to find a workaround for groups with religious objections to such a mandate. But rather than do that, they instead allowed new lawsuits to proceed. And so here we are again with Left-wing Democrat state attorneys general taking legal action against nuns to force them to pay for something the Christian Catholic church vehemently opposes.
It’s like a federal court forcing a socialist to practice capitalism, except that religious practices are enshrined in our Constitution.
What’s more, as to the legal action against the Little Sisters, the attorneys general claim that the Trump administration’s protections say that birth control access is being stripped away from women. But the last time we checked, nothing has been ‘taken away’ from women; these services are still available to them, whether the Little Sisters pay for them or not.
Mark Renzi, senior counsel at the Beckett Foundation, which is representing the Little Sisters, told Lifesite News, “Sadly Josh Shapiro and [California Attorney General] Xavier Becerra think attacking nuns is a way to score a political point.”
“These men may think their campaign donors want them to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s divisive and unnecessary culture war,” he added.
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