In Speech, Hatch Blasts Washington Democrats for Ongoing Attacks on Religious Freedom Sen. Orris Hatch blasted Washington Democrats’ ongoing attacks on religious freedom protections by forcing religious institutions to provide preventive health services, including birth control,
And she does not mention the Mother Superior of the Sisters for Life. Are they all anti-woman too?
These thoughtful citizens, scholars, and religious deserve our attention — not our ridicule.
Here is the bottom line. Obamacare is an unconstitutional abomination. It is unconstitutional to its core.
The individual mandate is obviously unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court will rule on that soon enough. But what this episode shows is that Obamacare is unconstitutional in its very DNA.
It transfers power over one-sixth of the American economy to the federal government. And the government has proven with this episode that individual liberty is threatened by that transfer of power.
If the Administration cannot be relied on to protect even religious liberty — the right of persons and churches and synagogues — to practice their faith without interference from the state, then nobody is safe.
If they are willing to trammel on the First Amendment, they are willing to trammel on anything. That is the story here.
The story here is that earlier this week, Secretary Sebelius acknowledged to me that she never consulted the Roman Catholic bishops before announcing the politically driven compromise that they would be forced to comply with.
The story here is that Secretary Sebelius admitted that she never requested any First Amendment analysis of this rule from the Department of Justice.
The Administration has clearly decided that this is a political loser for them, so they are trying to change the subject. They send out their surrogates with talking points to say that this is about contraception. It is not. And the American people will not be fooled.
They will not be tricked into thinking that those who oppose this mandate are anti-woman.
Do those who are promoting this spin think that we do not have mothers, wives, and daughters?
Do they think that the women in the Senate and the House, representing millions of more women, are anti-woman?
This is beyond absurd.
And the American people are not dupes.
They know that this rule exists because the Administration is beholden to the pro-abortion lobby.
I can tell you that there is one group that the modern Democratic Party will never cross — NEVER. They will NEVER CROSS the abortion lobby.
And so it is no surprise that the nation’s largest abortion provider — Planned Parenthood — came out in support of the so-called compromise. The Catholic Church, and millions of Americans, however, responded that it is unacceptable. I agree with their assessment. The so-called compromise is nothing of the sort.
But as bad as this mandate is, keep in mind that it is only the beginning. It is only the first step in a fresh assault on the constitutional liberties of the American people. Believe me. The tragedy of Obamacare is only beginning.
The other day, former Speaker Pelosi suggested that even the Roman Catholic Church itself should have to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Catholic bishops would be forced in her regime to subsidize