Democrats headed to power are quietly discussing a bill that would cripple a law protecting employers from being forced to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.
As they prepare to take over the U.S. House in January, their eyes are turning to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that served as the basis for the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece Cakeshop, according to the Washington Examiner.
The law, signed by pro-abortion President Bill Clinton in 1993, once had strong bi-partisan support. It protects religious freedom by prohibiting federal law or policy from substantially burdening that freedom.
But now a majority of House Democrats are sponsoring a bill that would basically destroy the law with amendments, the report states.
In the last two months before the election, 50 House Democrats became new cosponsors on a bill gutting the 25-year-old Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That brought the total to 172 House Democrats, a solid majority of their party, who now support H.R. 3222. They are ready to undo RFRA as a prominent part of the agenda as their party takes control of the House.
H.R. 3222 would declare that religious freedoms must yield when they run counter to the LGBTQ agenda or to other progressive causes such as abortion rights. Pushing this are progressive groups which claim that religious beliefs are just a cover for discrimination, bigotry, and hate.
It’s all an about-face from Nov. 16, 1993, when President Bill Clinton signed RFRA after almost-unanimous approval by Congress. Only three nay votes had been cast.
If the bill passes, it would destroy the U.S. Supreme Court case about Hobby Lobby. The Christian-owned business fought all the way to the high court for relief from the onerous Obamacare HHS mandate. The mandate forced the Christian employer to provide contraception that may cause abortions to their employees.
The Supreme Court ruled that the government mandate violated the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, because the mandate “substantially burdens the exercise of religion” and HHS did not use the “least restrictive means” to promote this government interest.
“If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions, and if they do not comply, they will pay a very heavy price — as much as $1.3 million per day, or about $475 million per year, in the case of one of the companies,” the high court wrote. “If these consequences do not amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would.”
Unsurprisingly, some of the same pro-abortion groups involved in the creation of Obamacare are the ones lobbying aggressively for the new bill. They include Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the National Organization of Women and the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the report.
The anti-freedom legislation could pass the U.S. House, but it would almost certainly stop in the U.S. Senate, which still is under Republican control. President Donald Trump also likely would veto the legislation if it reached his desk.
Still, this radical push against freedom is a strong reminder that elections have consequences, and the Democratic Party is intent on pushing Americans to accept and pay for the killing of unborn babies.