March for Life prevails over Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate

Court says administration can’t force organization, its employees to act contrary to their own pro-life beliefs
Pro-life activists made their way down Constitution Avenue toward the Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington on Friday. (Credit Drew Angerer/The New York Times)

Pro-life activists made their way down Constitution Avenue toward the Supreme Court during the 2013 March for Life in Washington. (Credit Drew Angerer/The New York Times)

The following comes from an August 31 Alliance Defending Freedom press release by Matt Bowman and Kevin Theriot:  

WASHINGTON – A federal court issued an order Monday in March for Life v. Burwell that permanently prohibits the Obama administration from enforcing its abortion-pill mandate against the pro-life organization, founded to end abortion, or its employees, who also oppose the mandate. The order is the first one to be granted in favor of an organization opposed to the mandate for pro-life reasons based on moral convictions instead of religion.

March for Life, which holds its well-known pro-life march each year in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit through its Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys in July 2014 and requested a permanent injunction against the mandate. The mandate forces employers, regardless of their moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the IRS.

“Pro-life organizations should not be forced into betraying the very values they were established to advance,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “This is especially true of March for Life, which was founded to uphold life, not to assist in taking it. The government has no right to demand that organizations provide health insurance plan options that explicitly contradict their mission.”

March for Life is a non-profit organization founded in 1973 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade. Every year in January, March for Life holds a peaceful march to the U.S. Supreme Court and Capitol Hill to mark the decision until it is overturned.

The organization’s strongly-held moral beliefs against abortion forbid it from furthering abortion through health insurance coverage it offers to its employees, including coverage for hormonal birth-control items it believes can endanger early embryos. March for Life’s beliefs are based solely on non-religious ethics and science, while its two employees who joined the suit additionally claimed faith-based reasons for objecting to the mandate.

“If the purpose of the religious employer exemption is, as HHS states, to respect the anti-abortifacient tenets of an employment relationship, then it makes no rational sense-indeed, no sense whatsoever to deny March for Life that same respect,” explains the decision.

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  1. This article is flawed in that it fails to identify which Court made the ruling. District Court? Court of Appeals? In any case, the ball will likely be on the Supreme’s play list in the intermediate future.

    • Wm. Hamilton says:

      The decision was made by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    • thomas nawn says:

      as a senior at 77 my concern is about the major issues of aging dementia alzheimers Parkinson disease I could care less about abortion the church needs to wake up and start permitting the means not to get with child in the first place humane vitae is outdated I am unable to believe that a god who loves people would want so many human beings we are running out of water next it will be food no wate no food it is scary

  2. My guess is that serfs had more freedom and respect under their lords in the middle ages than do the political opponents of the Obama administration have today. If you read the history of the Communist Revolution in China, there are many similarities popping up all over the place right here in today’s America.

  3. No doubt Obama is choking and whining on this one and turning blue. May God bless the Court of DC, at least one of the US District Courts has ruled correctly protecting our children.

  4. Marlene says: “No doubt Obama is choking and whining on this one and turning blue”

    Was that a lynching reference? Really?

    • Duh. Your mind is definitely very dark, anon. Marlene was describing someone choking on his own bile from having his vile schemes thwarted. As Ghoulardi, a favorite campy Cleveland movie host used to say, “Turn blue!!” (in a Bella Lugosi accent) Actually, he moved to out there to la la land and made a fortune as the charming voice in countless commercials.

  5. Leave it to an idiot who worships evil and homosexuality to misread, mislead, and show what is truly on his demented mind.

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