As you know, the Obama Administration has insulted believers and pro-life
people yet again, by ignoring our rights of conscience and insisting that
employers will have to cover abortifacients in health insurance plans for
their employees. I have written about this, and our response to it, in my
Obama Tampering with Conscience.
One of the possible solutions to this is to urge Congress to pass
legislation that increases and expands the conscience protections that we
In addition, we at Priests for Life are opposing this mandate as
employers, not as a religious group. Religious freedom is not a right just
of religious groups; it's a right of every
Moreover, the exemption for this mandate is so narrow that we have been
informed by legal counsel that we do not even qualify for it.
When the announcement was made that the government was neither
changing the rule nor expanding the exemption for those who object, but
rather merely giving a year's extension to those who qualify for the
exemption, we knew we had to act immediately.
For our corporation, this mandate goes into effect for us
this August of 2012, not next year.
Moreover, we don't need a year, nor do we need a moment,
to determine what we are going to do, or to "adapt" to the rule. The rule is
unjust. You don't adapt to injustice; you oppose it.
That's why we have launched a federal lawsuit against the Obama
Administration to block the enforcement of this mandate on us, and to
declare it unconstitutional.
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to help us with this lawsuit.
Fr. Frank Pavone