White House: Forcing Catholic Nuns to Pay for Birth Control Strikes the Right “Balance”
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/1/14 3:55 PM
The Obama White House is unhappy that the Supreme Court, late Tuesday, issued an injunction preventing the administration from forcing a group of Catholic nuns to pay for birth control and drugs that cause abortions.
In an interview after the decision, the White House said forcing the Catholic nuns to pay for those objectionable things that run counter to Catholic Church pro-life teachings strike’s the right “balance.”
The White House on Wednesday insisted that Obamacare’s contraception mandate struck the right “balance” after a Supreme Court Justice blocked provisions of the health law forcing organizations with religious ties to provide insurance plans that include contraceptives.
“We defer to the Department of Justice on litigation matters, but remain confident that our final rules strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious employers with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay or refer for such coverage,” a White House official said Wednesday.
The justice gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to her ruling.
But Representative Tim Huelskamp, a pro-life Kansas Republican who is an outspoken opponent to ObamaCare and its attacks on religious and personal liberties, told LifeNews he disagrees.
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He said: “I congratulate the numerous Catholic groups, and all men and women of faith, who are fighting tirelessly against President Obama’s thinly veiled religious bigotry and his constant war on religion. These HHS mandates are a threat to the religious liberties of all Americans, especially groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor and thousands of other religious and faith-based groups and churches. This battle to defend religious liberty and the rights of conscience is one of many to come in the battle to protect our constitutional rights.”
This decision comes shortly after the DC Court of Appeals provided its own injunction against the HHS Mandate on behalf of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Congressman Huelskamp praised these decisions as moving in the right direction to force the Obama Administration to abandon this clear threat to religious liberty.