Monday, August 7, 2017

Court Rules Pregnancy Center Must Obey Pro-Abortion Obamacare Mandate

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Real Alternatives, a secular non-profit organization in Pennsylvania that provides pro-life alternatives to abortion, must comply with the Obamacare contraception mandate in their healthcare coverage despite moral objections.

Judge Marjorie Rendell wrote in the majority opinion that Real Alternatives while “grounded in sincerely held moral values” is “in no way like a religious denomination … — not in structure, not in aim, not in purpose, and not in function.”

“Permitting Real Alternatives to qualify for the exemption would similarly run afoul of this country’s vast history of legislative protections that single out and safeguard religious freedom but not moral philosophy,” Rendell wrote.

“If mere disagreement, however vehemently felt, were sufficient to bring an equal protection claim,” she added, “virtually any law implicating religion would be rendered moot because the exemption would be too easy to invoke.”

“Finding all single-issue non-profit organizations to be similarly situated to houses of worship based on their adherence to a shared position on one issue would expand religious exemptions beyond what is constitutionally required,” she said.

However Judge Jordan, in his dissent, said that the group could be compared to Hobby Lobby “because the claimants in Hobby Lobby and [Real Alternatives plaintiffs] were both forced by the United States to take nearly identical action: purchase of and participation in a plan that covers a form of contraception that they believe is antithetical to the sanctity of life.” . . . . Read More

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