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Catholics Take Obamacare Mandate to Court

Recorded on May 22, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

In a nationwide coordinated effort, 43 Catholic institutions simultaneously filed a dozen lawsuits against the Obama Administration, contesting the requirement that they provide birth control and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees, in violation of Catholic doctrine.

Among these are the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of New York.

They clearly state that the Catholics have no wish to impose their beliefs on others—but simply to protect themselves against government coercion to violate their beliefs and their conscience.

As one cardinal noted, the Obama Administration would not grant religious status or exemptions even to the work of Mother Teresa. The federal guidelines basically exempt only employees involved in worship services, but not those working for church charities or hospitals or schools.

This argument is not about access to birth control—which already is available in abundance. This fight is over religious freedom.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.