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Senate Amendment to Restore Religious Liberty to Obamacare Fails by 2 Votes

Written by Gary North on March 7, 2012

Obamacare requires religious organizations to provide insurance that funds abortions. This is murder by government decree.

The Senate voted to kill the Blunt amendment that would have restored the rights of conscience in this area. Catholic hospitals are protesting. Sadly, Methodist and Presbyterian hospitals aren’t.

As explained here, the amendment would have provided comprehensive conscience protection to all stakeholders within the health insurance system, including institutions of all religious beliefs and denominations. It would have been the first blow to the Department of Health and Human Services and its mandate forcing health insurance plans to cover abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.

This is not going to change until after the November elections, if then. This nation is on a long-term course toward legalized executions: murder for the sake of convenience. It will take a great political reversal to change it.

The article asks:

Will the federal government, not to mention the country, stand idly by when religious hospitals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and schools shut down because they refuse to violate their conscience; because they cannot violate their conscience? While it is my sincere hope it never comes to this, such will be the deciding moment if preemptive litigation does not succeed.

This is not mere speculation. As recently reported, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has made it clear that if the HHS mandate remains in full effect, and conscience rights are not restored, Catholic hospitals will be driven out of existence in two years’ time.

The Catholics are the biggest religious swing vote in America. The day after Roe v. Wade in 1973, they could have mobilized to overturn it, simply by getting a majority in Congress and removing abortion from the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, as the Coinstiutution provides. They didn’t. Neither did the Protestants. To think that they will fight today, 39 years later, seems naive to me.

It has been said before, but needs to be said again: this issue is not about women’s health or family planning services. It is about religious freedom and the autonomy of conscience. If the administration truly thought that universal access to free contraceptives was of such critical importance to this country, it could provide and subsidize such services itself, without having to coerce religious groups and private employers into doing so.

In a statement issued before today’s vote, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of HHS opposed the Blunt Amendment, concluding “We encourage the Senate to reject this cynical attempt to roll back decades of progress in women’s health.

This is about coercion. It is about putting Christians in their place. This has been done for 39 years. It has worked. It is not going to stop.

This is true:

The defeat of the Blunt Amendment should be a wake up call to citizens, to everyone concerned about their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms, about what’s ultimately at stake in this matter. It’s unfortunate, but nonetheless true: we sometimes don’t appreciate what we have until we lose it.

Yes, it should. But I don’t think many people will wake up.

The article ends with this: “This first skirmish may be a loss, but the battle is far from over.” This is not the first skirmish. This is very late in a cultural war. Christians are losing it.

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6 thoughts on “Senate Amendment to Restore Religious Liberty to Obamacare Fails by 2 Votes

  1. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would bet that all of these Church based hospitals receive at least a small amount of federal funding. That's what happens when you dance with the devil. You get burned. The Churches sold out to the feds a long time ago. It was only a matter of time before they started to be given orders. If these hospitals really believe what they preach, and really feel in their hearts that this is wrong, they will close their doors and stop operating. Will they serve God or mammon? I bet they choose to serve mammon.

  2. That was a bad law. Christian Science wouldn't have had to provide any insurance. Why the hell is anybody trying to fix ObamaCare? It is too broken to fix.

  3. Very bad for all of us. I'm glad I left the Methodist (now United Methodist Church). They have, for the most part, strayed way too far from Scripture. So sad, since it started with "on fire" people and lives being changed for the best and the truth.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Oh but it's all in the name of "Womens Health". Throw that loaded word around and it shuts a lot of people up. "You can't be against womens health right?". As Rand Paul has said about these types of works….they are meant to short circuit and dumb down the debate.

  5. I pray that they choose to serve God. I do.

  6. American.thinker says:

    How did Scott Brown the Rhino vote on this Blunt amendment? I think he voted against. Hes better than Elizabeth Warren but not by much.