“Mr. President, why are you forcing millions of Americans who have a moral, conscientious objection to abortion to use their hard-earned dollars to pay for killing innocent unborn children?”
National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias spoke at a rally outside the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., today after oral hearings in the case of Priests for Life v. Sebelius.
The ‘Priests for Life’ case was brought by several Roman Catholic nonprofit groups challenging the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide insurance coverage of contraception and abortifacient drugs.
At issue here today,” Mrs. Tobias said, “is whether religious institutions and organizations can be forced to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures in opposition to their religious and moral beliefs. . . The law allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate that most health plans cover any service that the Secretary places on a list of ‘preventive’ services. There is nothing in the law to prevent the Secretary from placing abortion, assisted suicide, or any other additional services on this list.”
The Obamacare mandate has been challenged in courts around the country by groups such as Priests for Life, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and secular companies like Hobby Lobby, whose owners have strong religious objections to the healthcare mandate.