Evidently, President Obama has allowed his minion, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, to set forth his administration’s argument concerning religious liberty for the 2012 election. Today, Ms. Sebelius announced that HHS would implement regulations mandating health insurance coverage for sterilizations and contraception, including some that cause abortion.
Interestingly, there was a “compromise”: To allow religious groups one year to comply with the regulation.
The Motley Monk has been chronicling the development of this story, hoping that Ms. Sebelius—who is Catholic—would eventually have an “Emmaus moment” and see the light. Instead, with this decision, she remains steadfastly aligned with the U.S. pro-abortion lobby.
One can only guess why Ms. Sebelius does so.
Perhaps the exemption is designed to allow the regulation to be litigated, as Belmont Abbey College has already brought suit. The list of defendants include: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Treasury; and, the departmental secretaries.
In a News 14 Report late last year, the President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. William Thierfelder, said the healthcare mandate is a violation of the institution’s constitutional rights and religious values:
This is a much bigger case and this effects every American. In other words, if they can do this to us they can do this to everybody.
Thierfelder said Belmont Abbey College will not comply with the mandate and because of noncompliance, the institution will receive recurring fines. This potentially could cause Belmont Abbey College to close.
Perhaps the reason Ms. Sebelius allowed the one year exemption was that she knows it is illegal, violating the First Amendment, and is likely to be overturned by the Courts sometime in late 2012 or 2013. That would allow the Obama administration to promote its pro-abortion credentials during the election while at the same time tell pro-life forces that the matter is being litigated and, while it is, the status quo remains in place
Forget the truth. What matters are the votes, pro-abortion and pro-life. Maybe the truth is that today Ms. Sebelius “split the difference” to win some votes for her mentor.
To read the HHS Secretary’s statement, click on the following link:
To read about the Belmont Abbey College suit, click on the following link:
To see the News 14 Report, click on the following link: