Monthly Archives: June 2014

First Post-Hobby Lobby Decision Halts Abortion-Pill Mandate for Nonprofit

In the first post-Hobby Lobby decision issued by an appellate court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted an injunction, halting the HHS Mandate, to a nonprofit religious organization.

The key aspect of this new decision is that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision was confined to for-profit businesses; this decision is the first application of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding religious liberty to cases involving nonprofits. It marks another step towards the abortion-pill mandate’s defeat.

The injunction was granted to the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), a nonprofit global Catholic news network.

While the majority simply grants the injunction “[i]n light to today’s Supreme Court decision in [Hobby Lobby],” without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, Judge Pryor’s concurrence provides some insight:

Judge Pryor explains:

The Network has asserted, without dispute, that it “is prohibited by its religion from signing, submitting, or facilitating the transfer of the government required certification” necessary to opt out of the mandate. The Network further asserts that, by requiring it to deliver Form 700 to the third-party administrator of its health insurance plan, the United States has forced the Network “to forego religious precepts” and instead, contrary to Catholic teachings, materially cooperate in evil. If it fails to deliver that form, the Network faces $12,775,000 in penalties a year. 26 U.S.C. § 4980D(b )( 1 ). If that is not a substantial burden on the free exercise of religion, then it is hard to imagine what would be.

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As we have explained before President Obama’s “accommodation” offered to nonprofits is a sham – an accounting gimmick to appear as though a nonprofit is not forced to pay for abortion pills, when in reality it is no less coerced into violating its faith than for-profit businesses were.

The victories for religious liberty keep coming, but the fight is far from over. We will continue to keep you updated and continue fighting to defeat the abortion-pill mandate from forcing any American to violate their faith.

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Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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‘Freedom’ is just another word for nothing left to buy

I can well understand the urge to make fun of left-wingers hyperventilating over the Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision against the ObamaCare contraception mandates. Responses such as those collected by Moe Lane here at RedState, and Sean Davis over at The Federalist, are worthy of giggle-snorts. But I can’t help thinking these folks are not merely ignorant or high-strung. They’re not so much ignoring facts as assaulting them. They are deliberately creating a continuity in which all resistance to the collectivist wisdom of the State is tantamount to either anarchy or theocratic tyranny. They’re saying some very silly things today, but a lot of that absurdity was manufactured years ago. Those who peddle it clearly don’t think it has reached its sell-by date.

It’s increasingly ridiculous to use the word “liberal” to describe the modern American collectivist. There’s nothing liberal about them at all. They’re shooting for the ultimate subversion of liberty, by re-defining “liberty” as a form of compulsion. In other words, they’re saying you are being oppressed unless a wise and virtuous dictatorial authority can force other people to give you what the authoritarians have decided you “deserve.” You aren’t “free” as long as you must provide for yourself. Liberty becomes a term used to describe its exact opposite: a set of active obligations placed upon other people. It’s right up there with any perversion of language and thought described by George Orwell in “1984.” Actually, it is one of the perversions he laid at Big Brother’s feet: “Freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.”

The contraceptive mandate battle is only one front in that wider ideological war. Its roots stretch deep into the founding works of collectivist thought, from Rousseau to Karl Marx, this idea that expecting people to work for what they “deserve” is soul-crushing drudgery, breaking the spirit of common men by forcing them to their knees before the cruel taskmasters who sign their paychecks. Far better to be on your knees before the almighty and inescapable State, where you get to cast one vote in millions for the maximum leaders, every couple of years!

I can’t help borrowing a bit of music from the Sixties to frame the idea, since conservatives and libertarians are, unquestionably, the counter-culture now: “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to buy.” It’s …read more    

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Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.

What a week it has become for the pro-life community! Late last week, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the buffer zone law in Massachusetts, which prevented pro-life volunteers from coming within 35 feet of abortion clinics in the state. With so many other states having similar laws, the hope is that the ruling will create a domino effect that will allow women in all states to be provided the information Planned Parenthood tries so desperately to keep from them. In a note of irony, Business Insider posted that the ruling may force the court to deal with their own buffer zone.

Additionally, today brings the news that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, who previously filed a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services mandate that would have forced companies to pay for abortifacients for their employees. According to the Christian Post, privately owned businesses “can refuse to provide certain drugs that may abort a fetus on the basis of religious objection.” The left is, of course, reacting violently to the news, split between irritation at the interruption of their ultimate goals and those who have no idea what is actually going on. No word (as of this writing) from the president, but Governor Bobby Jindal has an idea of what Obama may be up to:

.@BarackObama is now googling “Can an Executive Order override Supreme Court?” #HobbyLobby

— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 30, 2014

Aside from winning Twitter for the day, Jindal has been blazing the trail in Louisiana signing numerous measures to protect the unborn. Following the passage of two pro-life bills signed into law by Jindal earlier this month, he has now signed another law that will protect the unborn children of mothers who have been declared “brain dead.” This week’s Branch for Life goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has proven that states do not need permission from the federal …read more