President Obama and Abortion

As shown on another nearby page, abortion is a vital component of the Democratic Party platform.  It is the one issue the Democratic Party can't exist without.  But Mr. Obama, judging by his voting record in the Senate and his actions in the White House, is way off to the left of everyone else.  He is truly an extremist who approves of fetal homicide at any stage of pregnancy... or slightly beyond.

A large portion of the commentary on this page was written before President Obama was elected.  Anyone who opposes abortion or neonaticide or infanticide should have known better than to vote for this man.

Subsections on this page:

Obama vs the Catholic Church
Obama vs Weingartz Supply
Obama vs Hercules Industries
Obama vs Hobby Lobby
Obama's position on abortion casts doubt on his claims of Christianity

Becerra Tells Congress He 'Never Sued Any Nuns' Despite California's Little Sisters Of The Poor Lawsuit.  Xavier Becerra, President Biden's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, testified to Congress during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he has "never sued any nuns," despite California's lawsuit against the Little Sisters of the Poor.  "I have never sued any nuns," Becerra, who serves as California's attorney general, told the Senate Finance Committee.  "I have taken on the federal government, but I've never sued any affiliation of nuns, and my actions have always been directed at the federal agencies because they have been trying to do things contrary to the law in California," Becerra continued.  In 2017, Becerra filed a lawsuit on behalf of California against the Trump administration to reimpose the federal Obamacare mandate forcing health insurers to provide contraception coverage.  Former President Obama's HHS had imposed the contraception mandate on nearly all health insurers in 2011, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, who objected to it on religious grounds, opening themselves up to crippling government fines.

Obama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court.  President Obama on Monday [6/27/2016] lauded the Supreme Court's decision to block Texas from enforcing one of the strictest abortion laws in the country.  "I am pleased to see the Supreme Court protect women's rights and health today," Obama said in a statement.  "These restrictions harm women's health and place an unconstitutional obstacle in the path of a woman's reproductive freedom."  The 5-3 ruling of the court was celebrated by Democrats and women's rights groups who argued the Texas law would make it virtually impossible for women in the Lone Star State to obtain an abortion.

When Obama speaks about ethics and morality here's what I would ask.  [Scroll down]  President Obama may be the most pro-abortion president America has ever had.  He has done little to reduce their number, which near 60 million in the U.S. since 1973.  By what standard is his position "moral"?  The president used to be against same-sex marriage, now he's for it.  Was he moral when he opposed it, or is he moral now that he supports it?  And what is his standard, because these positions are contradictory?

Little Sisters of the Poor Case Heads to Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in a group of cases challenging the Obamacare requirement that nonprofit employers offer their employees health care coverage that includes Plan B, ella, and other potentially life-ending drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization.  The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include the Little Sisters of the Poor; Priests for Life; East Texas Baptist University; Southern Nazarene University; Geneva College; the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.; and other religious charities.

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be missed.  They came to Richmond in 1874.  For 145 years, they have cared for our elderly poor.  They moved to their current location, St. Joseph's Home, in Henrico County in 1976.  They have continued to serve the Lord by showing love, dignity and grace to the old, the ill and the poor of every race, color and creed.  But now they are leaving us.  Their numbers have grown too small to continue their mission.  "It's not because we don't love them [the residents]," Sister Jeanne Mary told the RTD [Richmond Times-Dispatch].  "It's very sad to see such a mission which is so needed today is diminishing because there are very few to follow us."

Follow the law, or follow your faith: Obama's outrageous order.  Long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a/k/a ObamaCare — became law on March 23, 2010, pro-life advocates, myself included, recognized that it could lead to serious moral clashes between faith and law, particularly in the areas of abortion and contraception.  And we were right.  The law empowered the Department of Health and Human Services to compel employers to provide contraception and abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees through their health-insurance plans.  The case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of seven cases comprising Zubik vs. Burwell, now challenges that mandate in the Supreme Court, with oral arguments on March 23.

Obama Celebrates 'Women's History Month' With Pelosi and Planned Parenthood President.  At a White House reception Wednesday [3/16/2016] honoring Women's History Month, President Barack Obama paid tribute to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Obama Touts Religious Liberty to Pope While Litigating to Force 15 Dioceses to Cooperate in Abortion.  "So we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation."  That is part of what President Barack Obama said — in touting his administration's commitment to religious liberty — when he greeted Pope Francis at the White House today [9/23/2015].  At the same time, according to a count maintained by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Obama's Justice Department is actively fighting 56 separate federal court cases aimed at forcing 140 religious ministries and institutions to cooperate with an Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health care plans in the United States to cover contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

Obama Justice Dept. backs Planned Parenthood against La. Gov. Jindal.  The Obama administration has sided with Planned Parenthood in its effort to keep its contract with Louisiana, arguing in a court filing that the state's decision to defund the organization may be in violation of the federal Medicaid Act.  The Justice Department filed a "statement of interest" late Monday in favor of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, arguing that "thus far, Louisiana has not proffered sufficient reasons to terminate Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc. ("PPGC") from its Medicaid program."

Federal judge shields March for Life from Obamacare birth-control rules.  The March for Life, the pro-life group that holds a massive rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court every January, does not have to abide by Obamacare's birth control mandate, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the organization deserves the same protections as churches.  In a strongly worded opinion, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said the Health and Human Services Department practiced "regulatory favoritism" by exempting houses of worship on grounds its employees are less likely to want the contraceptives, while rejecting pleas from March for Life, a secular group that says its employees don't want them, either.

Court Orders HHS to Exempt Pro-Lifers From Abortion Drug Mandate.  A federal judge granted March for Life an exemption from the Obamacare birth control mandate on Monday [8/31/2015], citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the Fifth Amendment.  March for Life sponsors an annual rally attended by tens of thousands of abortion opponents.  The organization and Alliance Defending Freedom sued the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency refused to exempt it from sponsoring insurance plans that featured contraception that can in some cases induce abortions after conception.  Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the religious employer exemption should apply to the organization.

Obama Administration Threatens States Attempting to Defund Planned Parenthood.  The Obama administration is threatening states attempting to defund Planned Parenthood — those trying to stop the flow of their Medicaid funds to the abortion provider — with potential violation of federal law and, ultimately, the cutting off of Medicaid funds to those states.

Our Suddenly Silent President.  Then there is the silence of an ordinarily glib politician who suddenly has nothing to say about an event in the news.  As when the Hon. Barack Obama has no comment about those revealing videos featuring doctors with Planned Parenthood, who are caught talking about the fetal parts they're selling.  The rest of the country may be repelled by those tapes, but our president remains ... silent.  How strange.  Here is a president who's always had a lot of to say about a lot of things — usually very smoothly.  Whether the news of the day was the arrest of a black professor at his house near Harvard Square or the rash of black suspects shot down by white cops under suspicious circumstances, and the rioting that tends to follow.  Newspaper types could always count on this president for a quote about such matters.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama has painted himself into a moral corner:  He claims to be a Christian, or at least his supporters make that claim for him, yet he cannot utter a word to condemn the gruesome techniques used by the abortion industry, because the Democratic Party and the abortionists are permanently co-dependent.

On Planned Parenthood, The White House Defends The Indefensible.  For an institution that might argue that it doesn't have a dog in this fight, the White House sure has stepped into the Planned Parenthood baby-parts selling scandal on the side of the flesh-peddlers.  Sounding a little surreal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest firmly stood up for Planned Parenthood on behalf of the Obama administration following the release of four undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress showing the family-planning agency's leaders' callous disregard for human life and its grotesque efforts to reap commercial benefit for itself.

White House: Defunding Planned Parenthood Would 'Draw Presidential Veto'.  During the White House press briefing today, press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that any congressional budget rider that would defund Planned Parenthood would "draw a presidential veto" from President Obama.  Earnest has stopped short of issuing an official veto threat for any legislation defunding Planned Parenthood from the podium until now.

White House questions 'authenticity' of Planned Parenthood videos.  The White House dismissed the need for a federal investigation of Planned Parenthood Friday [7/31/2015], citing the opinions of three liberal newspapers as evidence that "impartial observers" are raising questions about the authenticity of a pro-life group's undercover videos on the sale of fetal tissue.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest also suggested that the pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress, is an "extremist" organization.  And he said for the first time that President Obama would veto any effort by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group.  A federal judge on Friday [7/31/2015] blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting.  A federal judge late Friday [7/31/2015] granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers.  The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood's participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.  Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.  Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama.  He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama's presidential campaign.  He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

White House assails move to defund Planned Parenthood.  President Obama opposes Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of damaging videos exposing its fetal tissue donation program.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest stopped short of issuing a formal veto threat against the legislation, but he said "on balance, the president would not be supportive of such congressional action."  "This is a tactic we have seen used before," Earnest said of the GOP legislation.  "The president obviously does not support that ongoing effort."

Planned Parenthood President Made 39 Visits To Obama's White House Since 2009.  Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, head of the taxpayer-subsidized abortion giant currently facing a firestorm for allegedly selling body parts harvested from aborted babies, has made personal visits to the White House 39 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, White House records show.  According to online records on the White House website, Richards first visited the White House on Jan. 20, 2009 — the same day Obama first took office.  Since then, Richards has met with Obama alone at least three times and First Lady Michelle Obama at least twice.  She also met with [the] president and his wife together another four times.

White House Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Fake, Cites Planned Parenthood.  The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday [7/30/2015] that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are "fraudulent."  Their source:  Planned Parenthood.  Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, was speaking with reporters when they raised the matter of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal organs for profit, a violation of federal law.  He claimed the videos were released in a "fraudulent way" with "not a lot of evidence" behind them.

White House threatens to veto bill blocking Planned Parenthood's funding.  The White House on Friday [7/31/2015] threatened a veto on any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.  A budget measure that strips funding from the organization "is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto," press secretary Josh Earnest said.  "We have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically driven riders" in budget bills, Earnest added.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Admits To 'Merely Repeating' Planned Parenthood Talking Points.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that the administration's response to the damning Planned Parenthood videos that have been released over the last few weeks has come from the organization's public comments, not from any investigation on the part of the White House.  Earnest was asked by Breitbart's Charlie Spiering where he was getting his information that the videos were fraudulent and distorted:  ["]I'm merely repeating what I've seen that they've [Planned Parenthood] said, and has been reported publicly about what they've said.["]

WH Backs Planned Parenthood And Their 'High Ethical Standard'.  White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest says he suspects somebody in the Obama Administration has seen a series of videos on Planned Parenthood's role in harvesting the organs of babies, but the administration is basing its position that the videos are edited unfairly on the comments of Planned Parenthood and "the high ethical standard they live up to."  During a White House press briefing Thursday [7/30/2015] Earnest was asked if anyone at the White House has watched the series of videos about Planned Parenthood.  "I suspect somebody has," Earnest replied.

Josh Earnest: 'Not a Lot of Evidence' Planned Parenthood Acted Unethically.  During Thursday's [7/30/2015] White House briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest said that because the Planned Parenthood sting videos were obtained "fraudulently," they couldn't be used to draw conclusions about the organization's ethical standards.  "Has the White House had any communication with Planned Parenthood about standardizing procedures for fetal tissue research?  Has the White House had any concerns about illegalities in this realm?  Have you had any sort of investigation, or are you considering one?" asked Fox News' Doug McKelway.  "Not that I'm aware of," Earnest responded.  "I think Planned Parenthood has been quite specific about the policies and procedures that they have in place, and I know they have described those policies and procedures as living up to the highest ethical standards."

Female middle school teacher forced to resign after telling students that President Obama is a 'Muslim baby killer'.  A veteran Georgia middle school teacher has been removed from the classroom after she gave students her highly critical personal opinion of President Barack Obama and some parents complained.  Nancy Perry will no longer teach students at Dublin Middle School and will retire at the end of the year, city schools superintendent Chuck Ledbetter announced on Tuesday [4/28/2015].

Obama Admits That Unborn Babies Have Feet That Kick.  In a speech yesterday about working families — while trying to explain why he thinks too many women face "being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you're pregnant" — President Obama let it slip that he knows unborn babies have feet that kick.  "Too many women face unnecessary difficulties on the job, like the difficulty of being paid less than a man for doing the same work," said Obama.  "That's a difficulty.  Or being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you're pregnant.  Clearly that's a man making that decision because they don't have five pounds of kicks pressing down on their bladder.

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Mr. Obama's entire job is to read a teleprompter.  President Valerie Jarrett takes care of the rest.  Mr. Obama probably didn't even know what he said, right after he said it.

Freedom of and from Religion.  President Obama tells religious people that he supports "the right to practice our faith how we choose."  But Obamacare functionaries ordered Christian groups to fund employees' purchase of birth control and the morning-after abortion pill.  Some religious people believe both pills are a form of murder.  Would their president force them to pay for what they consider murder?  You betcha.

Supergirls image courtesy NBC News
Barack Obama and the 'Supergirls'.  First of all, Obama chatting and then giving a group hug to a bunch of kids — the abortions of whom he wouldn't have had a problem with six years earlier — is sort like Paul Bunyan being a guest of honor at an Arbor Day event.  Still, the giggly group had a few questions for the guy who would have applauded their pre-born demise.  Right after the child-loving/pro-abortion president told them he was "thrilled to have them," the girls asked him, "Have you ever had a brainstorming session yourself?"

[Image courtesy NBC News.]

HHS Will Require Caretakers of Unaccompanied Children to Provide Abortion-Inducing Drugs.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is advancing federal regulations that require federally funded organization caring for illegal alien minors who are in the United States without their parents (Unaccompanied Children or UC) and who may have been sexually abused access to "emergency contraception" services.  "Emergency contraception" includes abortion-inducing drugs.  These care providers currently include Catholic and other faith-based organizations that oppose abortion, according to the Center for Family and Human Rights or C-FAM, a Catholic advocacy group.

Congressman: 'Obama is the Abortion President'.  Thursday marked 42 years since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that declared abortion a constitutional right.  House Republicans were initially planning to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans almost all abortions before the unborn child reaches the 20-week stage.  Those plans were scrapped by Republican leaders after Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., withdrew as co-sponsors of the bill.  Their main concern was that an exception for rape victims required law enforcement documentation of a rape complaint around the time of conception.  Ellmers also worried the vote could turn off young women from the GOP in the opening weeks of the new Congress.  Enough GOP members were getting wobbly on the issue that leaders decided to pull the resolution from the floor after debate had started.

Obama marks Roe v. Wade with abortion rights defense.  President Obama said Thursday [1/22/2015] he is "deeply committed to protecting" abortion rights after House Republicans approved a bill prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion.  Obama blasted the legislative efforts by Republicans, saying the bill would "intrude on women's reproductive freedom and access to healthcare and unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today."

Obama's 'Religious Freedom Ambassador' Doesn't Support Religious Freedom.  The Hobby Lobby case turned on whether owners of closely held corporations can object to government forcing them provide four drugs deemed to cause abortions, against their religious beliefs.  [Rabbi David Nathan] Sapperstein believes that the government does have that right and can force family business owners to have to choose between their livelihoods and their faith.

Obama and the Culture of Death.  Obama loves the cessation of life.  He is the most pro-abortion president to date.  He voted not once, not twice, but three times not to save babies who survived attempts to abort them.  Not surprisingly, he lied about his voting record on this issue.

Pro-Abortion President Proclaims 'Every Child Should Have Every Chance in Life'.  President Barack Obama — the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood Federation of America — issued a proclamation on Monday marking National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  "In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success," Obama said in the proclamation.  In March 2003, then-Illinois' State Senator Obama chaired the committee that considered the Born-Alive Infants Protection bill (SB 1082), which he voted to kill.  According to the National Right to Life Committee, the state legislation that Obama voted against is almost identical to the federal legislation that protects children who survive an abortion that became law in 2002.

Obama at Prayer Breakfast: 'Killing the Innocent' Is 'Ultimate Betrayal of God's Will'.  At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Thursday [2/6/2014], President Barack Obama said that "killing the innocent" is the "ultimate betrayal of God's will."  But the president was talking about terrorism, not abortionv

War on Contraception? No, an Attack on Religion.  What's actually new here is the Obama administration's 2012 regulation requiring almost all employers to cover contraception, sterilization and drugs that may cause abortion.  It issued that regulation under authority given in the Obamacare legislation.  The regulation runs afoul of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a Clinton-era law.  That act says that the government may impose a substantial burden on the exercise of religious belief only if it's the least restrictive way to advance a compelling governmental interest.  The act further says that no later law should be read to trump this protection unless it explicitly says it's doing that.  The Affordable Care Act has no such language.

Abortion in the Obamacare Exchanges.  December 1 has come and gone with fresh assurances from the Obama administration that the federal exchange website,, will work for approximately 80 percent of its visitors.  A review of the website, and the state of the health-care plans offered via the state exchanges, suggests that the problem of absent or incomplete information regarding plans that exclude coverage of elective abortions and abortion-inducing drugs and devices is far from fixed.

Obama's Racial Eugenics Award?  Margaret Sanger longed for a more enlightened time when birth control would be (as she put it) "part of the regular welfare service of the government." [...] Sanger could not have known it, but she was speaking of Barack Obama's America, where birth control is being thrust upon us as a basic "human right" and form of "health care" with no obstacles in its way.  In fact, it's even easier than Sanger could have imagined:  Not only do contemporary progressives want no obstacles, but Obama wants all Americans to forcibly pay for birth control.  He is even forcing the religious to do so via his HHS mandate.  He and his progressive cohorts are rolling right over any "legal restrictions" or "religious condemnation."  If you as a religious believer disagree, they will see you in court.  You will be penalized and demonized.  Under Obama, we have arrived at Sanger's new world, where birth control is a regular service of the federal government.

Gloria Steinem Gets Medal of Freedom for Abortion Advocacy.  How fitting that abortion zealot and self-proclaimed Marxist Gloria Steinem received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday [11/20/2013] from Barack Hussein Obama.  The male-bashing, anti-family, anti-American Steinem beamed as the guy who voted three times against a partial-birth abortion ban while in the Illinois state Senate placed the medal around her neck.  What exactly is the meritorious contribution Steinem has made to our national interests that would warrant such an honor?

Forcing Christians to Eat Pork.  [Scroll down]  This brings us to a similar situation in our time:  King Obama's contraception mandate.  The issue was ginned up during the 2012 campaign to rally Democrat support, but that battle has been won and is water under the bridge.  Nonetheless and quite bizarrely, Obama insists on trying to force religious employers to fund contraception for their employees, despite the fact that offering such individuals an exemption would cost him nothing politically and would accord with the American tradition of respecting deeply held religious convictions.

Can Christians Live Freely in Obama's America?  Last Friday, the Obama administration finalized a regulation that orders Americans to buy health insurance policies that cover — without fees or co-pay — sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. [...] The "accommodation" given to religious nonprofits — such as Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — in fact orders such organizations, if they insure their employees, to patronize insurers or third-party administrators (for self-insurance plans) who are themselves willing to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for the nonprofit's employees and their dependents.

Religious coalition rejects Obama contraceptive compromise.  A diverse group of religious leaders is pressing the Obama administration to exempt any American who objects to the contraception mandate in the federal health care law.  Catholics, Mormons, Southern Baptists and dozens more issued an "Open Letter to all Americans" on Tuesday [7/2/2013] that decries the birth control coverage requirement as a departure from the country's founding principles of religious freedom.

Obama Again Proves His Loyal Support for Abortion and Infanticide.  As the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act moves to the floor of the House for a vote, President Obama is already taking cues from feminist groups to veto the legislation and is again letting his true pro-abortion, pro-infanticide stances show.

Court Kills Obamacare Lawsuit Against Bible Publisher.  This marks the first wholesale legal loss for the Obama administration in its quest to force religious Americans to pay for services that violate their religious precepts.

Obama: 'All of Us Have the Freedom to Pray and Exercise Our Faiths Openly'.  "All of us have the freedom to pray and exercise our faiths openly," Pres. Obama declared while proclaiming today a National Day of Prayer — just as news that the Pentagon may court martial soldiers who share their faith is making headlines.  In declaring May 2, 2013 a National Day of Prayer, Obama affirmed that "all of us" have the legal right to "practice our faith as we see fit" — even "in fellowship". [...] Meanwhile, the Obama administration is mired in a lawsuit charging its health care law ("Obamacare") is violating Americans' right to religious freedom.

When He Talks Abortion, President Obama Pretends to Be a Libertarian.  It's no secret that Obama supports a woman's right to choose, in consultation with her doctor, whether getting an abortion is appropriate.  Contrary to his rhetoric, however, Obama doesn't believe that American women should alone be empowered to decide what's best for their health as a general matter.  However emphatically he proclaims the opposite, Obama verily believes that politicians like him ought to interfere in myriad decisions about personal medical care.  It is illegitimate for him to invoke the language of liberty to score points on this set of issues.

Videos fuel surging debate on abortion.  New undercover videos of abortion professionals explaining late-term abortions, coupled with states passing strict abortion laws and a horror-show abortion criminal case, are keeping abortion at the top of the news — an unexpected development after the nation re-elected its most vocal pro-choice president.

How Abortion Has Changed America.  Let's be clear that pro-aborts and pro-lifers differ on far more than technicalities about when life begins.  They differ about what life is.  In the state of Pennsylvania, where Gosnell was doing his dirty business, abortion is legal until the developing child is 24 weeks — 6 months — old.  Among Gosnell's many transgressions was performing abortions after 24 weeks.  But Planned Parenthood, and their guest speaker, our president, oppose that 24-week limit.  They believe abortion should be legal until the child is born.

Barack Obama's misplaced, blind faith in abortion doctors.  President Obama is well known to have voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA) four times between 2001 and 2003, when he was an Illinois state senator.  One of the two companion bills to BAIPA, which Obama also opposed, required that abortionists provide "reasonable measures consistent with good medical practice" to abortion survivors, and further, that abortionists try to anticipate botches and plan to have a second physician present if there was a "reasonable likelihood" that the abortion would result "in a live born child."  Obama was the sole Illinois state senator to speak against Senate Bill 1663 on the Illinois Senate floor on April 4, 2002.

Obamacare will eventually invade every private transaction, and the nanny state will have its way.
Food co-op ObamaCare fight.  Members of Brooklyn's Greene Hill Food Co-op want to ban Eden Foods' soy milk because its CEO is suing the Obama administration over a mandate forcing companies to cover employee-birth control.

President Obama's Symbiotic Relationship With the Abortion Industry.  Obama declined to comment on Gosnell for the same reason the liberal media have consciously blacked out the story.  When Obama was asked, he didn't just beg off because "it's an active trial"; he offered up the obligatory disingenuous liberal talking point:  "I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal and rare."  This formulation has always bothered me because it is fundamentally dishonest — and particularly so in Obama's case.  If an unborn baby is not a human life — an evil sophistry that has been responsible for millions of murders in this nation — then why in the world would it be important to make it rare?

Eden Foods tries to opt out of Obamacare birth-control coverage.  Last week, reported that Eden Foods — which makes Edensoy soy milk and other "pure and purifying foods" — had filed a lawsuit over an "Obamacare" provision requiring employers to offer workers insurance that includes birth control.

'Pro-Choice' Only Goes so Far.  [Scroll down]  Planned Parenthood, too, is yet another progressive outlet that waxes on about the virtues of "choice," but their commitment to choice magically disappears when it's convenient to do so.  After the Department of Health and Human Services decided to force employers to provide birth control to their employees regardless of religious objections, Planned Parenthood cheered:  "This policy makes it clear that your boss does not get to decide whether you can have birth control."  So a religious employer's beliefs and decisions, it seems, are second-rate when it comes to things Planned Parenthood likes.

Obama and Infanticide.  During Obama's presidential campaign, pro-lifers argued that so extreme was his devotion to abortion that he was willing to support a right to infanticide.  This charge is absolutely true.  He believed that certain infants — those at an early stage of development — should not have legal protection, and he believed it because he thought it would undermine the right to abortion.

St. Joseph company receives injunction from provisions in Care Act.  Greg Hall is safe from government fines — for now.  The Catholic deacon who owns American Manufacturing Company in St. Joseph has received a preliminary injunction protecting him from provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  The injunction was issued Tuesday in the 8th Circuit of the federal district courts by U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim.  In short, he won't have to start providing insurance that covers contraception, sterilization or abortifacient drugs to his employees.

Dominos Pizza Founder Wins Court Order Stopping HHS Abortion Mandate.  Though the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing employers to violate their conscience by providing birth control and pills that cause abortions has been temporarily stopped today [3/14/2013] in a Federal District Court, there is no question the Obama Administration will appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court.  This is the fight of our time.  Either this country will stand for religious freedom, or it won't.

Feds can't force Domino's founder to offer contraceptives, judge says.  A judge on Thursday [3/14/2013] blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law.

Barack Obama: The Man Behind the Mask.  [Scroll down]  Another personality trait common to despots is a disregard for life and an unrelenting willingness to use and discard people.  While a member of the Illinois Senate, Barack Obama was not only in favor of unfettered abortion rights, he introduced a bill that would make legal the murder of newly born children that miraculously survived an abortion.

Abortion clinic promoted by Obama campaign profiled in Socialist Party magazine.  A feminist abortion clinic that hosted a "Women for Obama" event where Obama volunteers helped with groundskeeping in a show of support for reproductive rights is profiled in the current issue of The Socialist, the official publication of the Socialist Party USA, in which a clinic official urges feminist socialists to "influence policy" and quotes a famous socialist writer.

Boehner Plans to Permit and Fund Obama's Attack on Religious Freedom.  When the Obama administration finalized its regulation requiring health care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, House Speaker John Boehner — as this column noted last year — was one of those who correctly argued that the regulation was an attack on religious freedom and that Congress must not let it stand.  On Wednesday [3/6/2013], in craven contradiction to that position, Boehner plans to [...]

The Tyranny of ObamaCare Continues to Unfold .  According to a lawyer for the Obama Regime, the federal government has the authority to compel you to commit the most appalling crimes against your conscience — even to murder children — regardless of how grievously this would betray your religious beliefs.

DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion.  While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could force the judge's own wife — a physician — to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her medical practice.  The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama administration's regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

Obama Defiles Reagan Stagecraft.  [Scroll down]  President Obama lost all credibility when he decided to use children as props.  Again, despite the melodrama, this man does not care one iota about child safety.  Barack Obama believes in partial birth abortion and gladly provides unlimited government funding to terminate as many unborn children as Planned Parenthood can possibly snuff out.  Yet, while unveiling his executive actions the president said, "This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe.  This is how we will be judged."

The Canary in the Culture.  It may seem that asking Catholics and others who believe that abortion-inducing chemicals are tools of murder and as such something they cannot directly pay for is not that big of a deal.  That's precisely why the HHS mandate is the canary.  It's true that the HHS mandate is not on the same level as China's forced abortion policy.  But the core philosophical assumption that powers the HHS mandate, even in its latest revision, would allow the government to institute a forced abortion policy or reinstitute slavery.

New Obama rule would spare churches but not believers.  On the one hand, the new rule improves on the old in that it applies to more employers than just a few monastic orders.  It would exempt many nonprofit religious employers — such as dioceses, charities and universities — that have moral objections to the practice of sterilizing human beings and to the use of contraceptive and abortifacient drugs to frustrate one of the chief purposes of marriage, which they hold dear as a sacrament.  Even so, there are still legitimate doubts about whether the revised mandate exempts these institutions in a meaningful way, or whether it merely obscures in several layers of bureaucracy exactly who is paying for what.

Obamacare Alchemy.  The Obama administration has found the policy equivalent of alchemy.  Employees of religious organizations will receive contraception coverage.  And neither the individuals nor the groups will have to pay for it.  It's magic.

Obama Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith.  The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday [2/1/2013] set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs.

Obama Proclaims Support for Religious Freedom — Amid HHS Mandate Litigation.  In the midst of 44 lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's mandate that every employer cover the cost of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, President Barack Obama issued a religious freedom proclamation on Wednesday.  The proclamation begins by saying, "Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose."  But it does not talk about the free practice of religion, which plaintiffs are fighting to defend in litigation across the country.

Obama the Children Savior, Champion of Partial Birth Abortion.  The White House spokesman Jay Carney-identified "little kids", filling in as props at Barack Hussein Obama's gun proposal presser today, have more respect for human life than the president does.  Young as they are, those with baby brothers and sisters at home, would be absolutely traumatized to know that as a senator Obama championed partial birth abortion, the brutal slaughter of babies who make it through abortion.

Judge says Mennonite owners must abide by health care law.  A judge on Friday [1/11/2013] rejected claims by the Mennonite owners of a Lancaster County furniture maker that new federal health-care mandates violate their free-speech and religion rights by making them pay for employees' contraceptive services.

The Regulatory Landscape in America — A Morass Of Red Tape.  The Department of Health and Human Services on February 15 finalized its mandate that all health insurance plans include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization procedures, and contraceptives.  To date, 42 cases with more than 110 plaintiffs are challenging this restriction on religious liberty.

Fred Barnes Almost Figures Out Who Barack Obama Really Is.  They're entirely law-abiding citizens who have built businesses through hard work, offering great service and quality merchandise that people want to buy.  Their crime is that they do not believe they should be forced to pay for something that violates their religious beliefs, but which is otherwise widely available if their employees want to buy those things for themselves.  That's their crime.  The Obama government is trying to put them under its jackboot.

Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith.  Because federal judges — including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby from being forced to act against their Christian faith, those owners will be subject to federal fines of up to $1.3 million per day starting Tuesday [1/1/2013] for refusing to include abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plan.

Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm.  U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday [12/30/2012] in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino's Farms Corp., near Ann Arbor.  Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice.

Domino's founder sues feds over health care law.  The founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Appeals Court Oral Arguments Signal Trouble for Obamacare HHS Mandate.  After repeated assurances that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not mandate abortion or people of faith violating their religious beliefs, the Obama administration issued a mandate requiring both, when Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) saying that a vague provision in the ACA requiring employers provide "preventive care" means that employer healthcare policies must cover birth control, abortion-related, and sterilization services.

Joe Biden's Religion: Catholicism or Leftism.  If a conservative Evangelical Christian candidate for national office said that he defined himself by his religious beliefs, liberals would be screaming that the wall between church and state was in danger of being taken down.  Here is the rule in American politics:  When the Left uses religion to promote liberal policies, it is a beautiful thing.  When the Right uses religion to promote conservative policies, it threatens the separation of church and state and may lead to the creation of a theocracy.

Obama's 'war on women' canard is not fooling women.  When President Obama speaks about women's issues, it's a safe bet he's telling tall tales.  When Democrats talk of a "war on women," they are usually waging a war on facts.  And women, it seems, aren't fooled.  In 20 seconds on Tuesday night, while discussing women's health during the presidential debate, Obama dissembled twice.  First on birth control.  Second on Planned Parenthood.

Black Christians: Shame! Shame! Shame!  Here are a few of the numerous things on Obama's anti-Christian agenda.  Obama supports same-sex marriage and has vowed to be an advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.  Obama supports abortion, including infanticide (making it illegal to provide medical aid to a baby who has survived a failed abortion).  Despite their strong will to survive, these babies must be left to die.  Massive governmental controls hidden in ObamaCare include forcing Christian institutions to fund abortion services against the teachings of their faith. [...] Indisputable facts are available everywhere exposing Obama to be the most anti-Christian president in U.S. history.

Rhetorical question:  Is Obama a Christian?

Obama Treating Women Like Breeding Animals.  Women have essentially achieved equality in American society, they have the right to vote, they can obtain virtually any job a man can hold, and studies show that women receive salaries equal to men when factors like experience are taken into consideration.  There is essentially nothing left to achieve in the area of "women's rights" in the U.S. So Obama has championed the made up "women's rights" of abortions and birth control. [...] By obsessing over a problem that does not exist, it is apparent that Obama is tricking women and distracting them from real issues.  The primary issue Obama is concerned about for women is also society's primary concern about feral cats and wild animals:  preventing them from breeding.

Obama fights erosion of female voters with attacks on abortion.  Faced with a sudden erosion of female support in recent opinion polls, President Obama sought Wednesday [10/10/2012] to bolster his standing by blasting Mitt Romney on abortion rights.

The Obama Mandate: The Gravest Threat to Religious Freedom in 226 Years.  The Obama Mandate will force us to violate our consciences.  President Obama famously said he doesn't know when human life begins, but he's willing to force us to collaborate in the destruction of innocent human lives.  We do know when human life begins.  So does science.  So, increasingly, do millions of young Americans who see their first photo — an ultra-sound picture taken of them in their mothers' wombs.  This is why, even liberal columnist Joe Klein writes, "ultrasound has made it impossible to deny that that thing in the womb is a human being."  He conceded this in TIME magazine, no less.  But President Obama and his administration deny this eternal truth every day.  And he wants to force you to deny it, too.

Blacks are abandoning the Democratic Party.  Democrats have managed to monopolize the black vote in spite of the vast chasm between the two on social issues.  This philosophical difference has become more pronounced in the past 20 years, as liberals have embraced far-left progressivism.  Their view of "social justice" embraces the killing of an unborn child right up to the moment before birth.  Indeed, President Obama, the iconic representative of the far left, believes that even a child born alive should be left to die without medical treatment if the mother intended an abortion.

Abortion advocacy hurts Obama in swing states.  President Obama's support for abortion and taxpayer funded birth control could kill his chances to win swing voters in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida, and possibly his reelection, according to a new poll.  Likely voters by a 49 percent to 25 percent margin, or two-to-one, say they are less likely to vote for Obama because he included taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.  A whopping 54 percent are less likely to back him due to his vote against a law to give equal treatment to babies born alive after a failed abortion.  And 69 percent reject the administration's mandate that forces faith-based institutions to provide insurance that covers birth control.

Obama's Biggest Opponent is the Truth.  An Obama ad aimed at northern Virginia women intones, "Mitt Romney opposes requiring coverage for contraception."  In fact, Mr. Romney opposes the president's unprecedented assault on religious liberties — in this case, the federal government forcing religious institutions (like church-sponsored hospitals, schools and charities) to provide insurance coverage for contraception in violation of their fundamental moral values and, incidentally, the First Amendment.

Obama and Infanticide.  The media, this time the Washington Post, are again tackling the issue of Obama's opposition, as a state legislator, to a bill protecting infants who survive abortions.  Obama and his apologists gave several excuses for his position during his 2004 senatorial and 2008 presidential campaigns, and continue to do so now.  They said he opposed it because the law already protected these infants — a claim the Post's Michael Dobbs fell for in his 2008 "fact check" on this subject.  They said he opposed it because the law lacked a clause clarifying that it did not protect fetuses within the womb.  In fact Obama opposed a version of the bill that contained one (not that there was ever any need for it).

WaPo Fact Checker: We Could Give Obama Four Pinocchios on His Abortion Record, But Won't.  Over at Red State, a blogger makes a note of an incredible Washington Post fact checker column yesterday [9/10/2012].  The column ostensibly fact checked a series of claims made by pro-life groups criticizing Obama on his abortion record.

Obama: Premature Babies Aren't People.  Barack Obama worked to allow a gruesome practice, in which babies born alive after attempted abortions are left to die without medical care, to continue in Illinois.  National Review journalist David Freddoso's new book, The Case Against Barack Obama, exposes the lengths to which Barack Obama went to protect this ghastly procedure.

Obama's Extreme Position on Abortion Includes Post-Birth Abortions.  Obama is among the most extreme abortion advocates in the country.  He believes in live birth abortions.  To give you an idea of how extreme President Obama's views are, consider his actions while serving in the Illinois state senate.  When President Obama served in the state senate, he would not vote for the "born alive bill" because he was concerned that it would infringe on abortion rights.  Born alive refers to babies who live after an abortion.  The bill would declare them human beings with the rights of human beings.  This bill stemmed from a case in which an aborted baby was born alive and being brought to a linen closet to die.

Tactically Tackling Abortion.  As far too few with opinions on the abortion issue know, not only is Barack Obama a supporter of third-term abortion legality, but he was the lone state representative in Illinois who spoke on behalf of a measure to legally refuse medical care to children who survive late-term abortion attempts.  Can you imagine the look on his face in fielding this question?  The horror you would see, and the mindless blathering that would follow?  You will have to imagine it, because this is the stuff of fantasy — our president has been granted immunity by the media and would never be asked such a controversial question.

Krauthammer: Akin a 'nobody,' Obama's partial-birth abortion position 'scandalous'.  [Charles Krauthammer:] "Talk about extremism — what we're talking about in the Akin case is a congressman that nobody ever heard of who is a candidate for Senate of one state out of 50 on the one hand," he said.  "On the other hand, you have Obama who is the president who took a position on partial birth abortion which is scandalous.  Pat Moynihan, the great Democratic senator from New York said it's the equivalent of infanticide.  And we have Obama who's been a long supporter of it.  That's extremism."

What Voters Will Remember about Abortion in November.  On November 7, we may well look back at this week's events and see that this was the week that President Obama lost the presidency — because of the abortion issue.  What the Obama campaign has decided to do is to make unrestricted access to abortion a key component of his campaign.  By highlighting Sandra Fluke, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and a host of pro-abortion advocates at the Democratic National Convention, their strategy seems to be to use abortion as a wedge issue in order to paint Republicans as out of touch with most Americans.

Video: Obama Says He's 'Pro-Choice' on Third-Trimester Abortions.  The Washington Post reports that President Obama is running his reelection campaign as a "culture warrior," trying to cast his opponents as extremists on such issues as abortion in the case of rape and requiring religious institutions to pay for contraception.  But could Obama's own extremism on abortion come back to bite him?

Audio: Obama Says "That Fetus or Child" Was "Just Not Coming Out Limp and Dead".  Obama's argument against the bill is that he trusted an abortion doctor, who had just failed to kill a child in utero, to provide medical care to that child if it survived the abortion attempt.  "If these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they're looked after," Obama said.

Moving Forward Doesn't Mean Funding Planned Parenthood for President Obama's Daughters.  It seems that every day the effects of the culture of death on our society are more and more obvious, and more and more gruesome.  Just take the continued funding of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.  This ongoing controversy was highlighted recently when President Barack Obama declared yet again that he wants to continue pumping our hard-earned money into Planned Parenthood.

Obama Won't Take a Position on Late-Term Abortion Bans.  Last week, the constitutionality of an Arizona law banning late-term abortions was upheld by a federal judge, and last night the U.S. House of Representatives voted 220 to 154 to end District of Columbia's abortion-until-birth policy by prohibiting abortions from taking place 20 weeks after conception.  Despite the flurry of activity on these bans, President Obama and his administration have remained conspicuously silent.

The 14th Victim at Fort Hood.  I have written recently of President Obama's "covert zeal" for the spread of abortion.  I took that phrase from Abraham Lincoln's description of how President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Stephen A. Douglas sought — covertly — to spread slavery in the 1850s.  In that column, I noted specific actions of this president to advance abortion-on-demand and to force us all to pay for it.  Now, I want to focus on something Mr. Obama is not doing.  He is not charging Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood killer, with violation of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA).  This law was passed and signed in 2004.

Obama and the Marxist/Communist View of Marriage and Abortion.  [Scroll down]  As to President Obama, he is far and away the most radical supporter of abortion ever to step in the White House.  This audience needs no proof of that, from Obama forcing all taxpayers to fund abortion drugs (with no religious exemption), to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund embryonic research, and on and on.  Even before all of that, this was a man who as U.S. senator had co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act, the most extreme piece of pro-abortion legislation ever in America; who in a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood hailed America's largest abortion provider as a "safety net"; and who as a state senator in Illinois repeatedly refused to provide mandatory health care for babies who somehow survived abortion procedures.  (These babies apparently were not part of Obama's vision for mandatory/universal health care.)

President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record.  [This] is a compilation of bill signings, speeches, appointments and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency.  While Obama has promised to reduce abortions and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.

Defining deviancy down has consequences.  Our audacious president, as part of his ongoing enterprise to transform America, has gone beyond defining deviancy down.  Abortion, sterilization, and sexual promiscuity have not just been redefined as normal.  They are considered "reproductive rights" for which we all should foot the bill.

No Birth Certificate Required.  The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child — still residing in utero — must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Obama defunds 'snowflake babies'.  The federal government's only program aimed at preventing the discarding of "extra" frozen human embryos is itself in danger of being discarded.  In a move that pro-lifers are calling more evidence of the Obama administration's "pro-abortion slant," the White House has sought to defund the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign in its fiscal 2013 budget.

Obama's Infanticide Votes.  [Scroll down]  Obama has offered deceptive explanations of his own pro-abortion legislative work, while simultaneously accusing his pro-life opponents of being dishonest.  More important, Obama's record as a state senator was not merely pro-choice, but radically pro-abortion.  His voting record indicates that he does not believe infants deserve protection even once they have emerged from the womb if they are deemed to be below the age of viability, and he did in fact, three times, vote to keep a form of infanticide legal.

President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record.  [On this page] is a compilation of bill signings, speeches, appointments and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency.  While Obama has promised to reduce abortions and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.

When Obama Voted For Infanticide.  Obama's abortion extremism is such that, as a state legislator, he opposed protection for — I'll use his words here — "that fetus, or child — however way you want to say describe it" when, contrary to the wishes of the women involved and their abortionists, there was "movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just coming out limp and dead."  Babies were inconveniently being born alive, self-styled health-care providers carted them off to utility rooms where they would be left to die.  That is infanticide, plain and simple.  In Illinois, people tried to stop this barbarism by supporting "born alive" legislation.  Barack Obama fought them all the way.

Obama's free abortion pills.  Someone should tell President Obama there's no such thing as a free abortion pill. ... It was typical of the administration to make the proposed deal a giveaway program.  Mr. Obama seems to be saying that if you don't see who is paying for the abortion pills then no one is.  "Religious organizations won't have to pay for these services," he said.  But of course they will.  Insurance companies may be required by law to provide these services at no cost to the recipient, but costs are still involved.

The Political Reality Behind the HHS Mandate.  President Obama's policies and politics are focused like a laser on the so-called "women's rights" vote — the feminist and the single women's vote. ... The president is dependent upon continued feminist support for his re-election.  He is more than willing to throw religious rights voters "under the bus" to appease the "new American electorate."  His policy agenda melds with theirs so he has no inner conflict over the choice; he knows he won't get the vote of the "faithful" anyway.  Those coldly political calculations set the stage for the health policy mandates that shred religious liberty.

Obamacare, Genocide, and the War on the Unborn.  What lies ahead, if Obamacare goes forward, can be seen in New Zealand.  The new government policy in New Zealand was preceded by the completion of a report on the "cost effectiveness" of aborting Down syndrome babies.  It was determined that it was just too expensive to allow these babies to live.  One can easily envision such a policy developing under Obamacare, considering that we have a President and an administration that do not regard innocent unborn human beings as life worthy of life.

Obama's Abortion Extremism:  Obama's record on abortion is extreme.  He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion — a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called "too close to infanticide."  Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban.  In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion.

Closer look at Obama.  Obama can joke that when life begins is above his pay grade, but this is not rocket science.  If you destroy the egg of a bald eagle, you can be fined.  Why?  Because everyone knows that egg is a potential bald eagle.  There is something fundamentally wrong with a society that protects bald eagles and yet allows unborn babies to be burned and sucked from their mother's wombs.  When Obama was an Illinois state legislator, he wouldn't even vote to protect a baby that lived after abortion.  That's cold.

Obama's Abortion Positon:  To the Left of NARAL.  Frank Pastore from KKLA in Los Angeles interviews Jill Stanek, the former registered nurse who served at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  She testified before Congress about the death of infants who survived the abortion procedure only to die without care, giving rise to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

"Freedom of Choice" vs. "Born Alive".  In a presidential campaign issues arise and then fade from view.  The emergence of new media preoccupations may make it seem as though yesterday's controversy has been resolved.  This is rarely true.  Such is the case with the issue of Barack Obama's position on legal protections for infants while an Illinois state senator.

Obama is no moderate:  His radical position on 'abortion' after birth.  [Scroll down]  So, what are we to make of Obama's votes against protecting the right to life for living babies who have survived attempted abortions?  Such babies are sometimes born alive as a result of late-term induced labor abortions, often sought when babies are believed (sometimes in error) to have genetic defects such as Down syndrome.  Earlier this decade, such living, breathing, babies who survived labor were "shelved" — left to die and disposed of with other medical waste, or were "aborted" — killed outside the womb.  The practice was ultimately banned by unanimous Congressional votes, as even the most pro-abortion Senate Democrats — including every defender of partial-birth abortion — recognized that killing these breathing babies is no longer abortion in any real sense.  It crosses the line; it is infanticide.  Yet, incredibly, Obama repeatedly worked to deny these living babies any right to life.

The Audacity of Death:  According to Barack Obama, Gianna Jessen shouldn't exist.  Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a "survivor."  Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna's biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center.  Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist's arrival, Gianna emerged.  Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy.  But alive.  Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. … As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama twice opposed legislation to define as "persons" babies who survive late-term abortions.

Obama's Stealth Pro-Abortion Stance:  In response to a Pennsylvania voter's question about elementary school sex education, Obama said:  "Look, I got two daughters — nine years old and six years old.  I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."  This makes two things clear.  First, Senator Obama supports abortion on demand — even "convenience" abortions — for minors, including his own daughters; and second, Obama considers babies a "punishment" he'd rather spare his daughters, even if those daughters have to abort Obama's own unborn grandchildren to avoid that particular "punishment."  That unguardedly candid public statement is political dynamite — or it would be, if the media had reported on it.

Obama is the Most Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever.  He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers' wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact "persons."  "Persons," of course, are guaranteed equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment.

More on Obama and Babies Born Alive:  When Obama was in the Illinois Senate, the Born Alive Infants bill came up three successive years.  In 2001, three bills were proposed to help babies who survived induced labor abortions.  One, like the federal Born Alive Infants bill, simply said a living "homo sapiens" wholly emerged from his mother should be treated as a "'person,' 'human being,' 'child' and 'individual.'"  On all three bills, Obama voted "present," effectively the same as a "no."  Defining "a pre-viable fetus" that survived an abortion as a "person" or "child," he argued, "would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute."

Obama's war on decency.  [Scroll down]  The third item is the Food and Drug Administration's evil idea to allow the Plan B "morning-after pill" to be sold over the counter to anyone — regardless of age.  After the story hit the fan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a directive on Wednesday [12/7/2011] to stop it.  Plan B, which can act as an abortifacient, will continue to be sold over the counter without a prescription to anyone at least 17 years old.  But 10-year-olds won't be able to slip it onto the counter next to their gummy bears.  Is it really necessary to explain why children should not be allowed to buy a powerful drug?

Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Have any doubt about where Barack Obama stands on abortion rights?  You shouldn't.  During last year's presidential campaign, Obama said he would make "preserving a woman's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president."  Just three days after taking his oath of office, he lifted a ban on U.S. funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions.  And this week, Obama named a surgeon general, Dr. Regina Benjamin, who, according to a White House spokesman, "supports the president's position on reproductive health issues."

The Nearly Aborted President.  According to recently secured documents from the Immigration and Naturalization Services, evidence has emerged that President Obama's father, Barack Obama, Sr., apparently paid to send a young Kenyan girl he had impregnated in Massachusetts to London to have an abortion.  Doing the work that investigative journalists of the mainstream media used to do, author Jack Cashill reveals that the foreign press, unlike their American counterparts, are all over the story.

Change, but not for better.  [Scroll down]  But at this stage we have nothing to go on apart from his record and his rhetoric and what they reveal about his character.  On that basis, I think he's likely to be a disastrous president. ... Obama is on record as saying that a Freedom of Choice Act is "the first thing" he hoped to sign into law on taking office.  A FOCA goes a long way beyond the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, which mandated a general right to abortion.  It would overturn virtually all the existing limits on abortion, state and federal.  These include restrictions on government funding for the procedure and conscience-protection clauses for healthcare providers.  FOCA would override laws guaranteeing informed consent and, in the case of under-age pregnancies, parental involvement.  It would also require states to sanction late-term procedures, including the contentious "partial-birth" abortion which is widely seen as tantamount to infanticide.

Closer look at Obama reveals he's wrong choice.  Obama can joke that when life begins is above his pay grade, but this is not rocket science.  If you destroy the egg of a bald eagle, you can be fined.  Why?  Because everyone knows that egg is a potential bald eagle.  There is something fundamentally wrong with a society that protects bald eagles and yet allows unborn babies to be burned and sucked from their mother's wombs.  When Obama was an Illinois state legislator, he wouldn't even vote to protect a baby that lived after abortion.  That's cold.

Infanticide and abortion — a "should be" major election issue.  The urgency of the issue I write about is simply that we can now be certain that the real Barack Obama is firmly committed to an agenda of sweeping pro-Abortion and pro-Infanticide policy changes that, if implemented, will drastically increase the number of deaths resulting from Abortion and the Infanticide committed against abortion-survivors.

Oxymorons for Obama.  Sen. Obama last year vowed to a gathered pro-abortion audience at a Planned Parenthood event that, "The first thing I will do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."  Obama's promise should raise concern regardless of one's views on abortion.  While the country is in the middle of a financial crisis and a war, his first act would be to make sure that unrestricted taxpayer funded abortion would become the law of the land?

Why should McCain be angry? Top 10 reasons.  [#5] Obama continues to lie about his vote on mandatory care for infants born alive as a result of a botched abortion.  Obama claimed last night that he didn't vote against it.  That's a complete lie.  You can check the record he voted against three separate bills on the subject.  This is infanticide and again the media give Obama a pass.

The Supreme Court in the Balance.  Barack Obama has promised that if elected he will support passage of federal legislation that will strike down all state restrictions on abortion.  No more requirements for parental consent, or even parental notice.  No more waiting periods for the mother to think over whether she really wants an abortion for her child.  No more informed consent laws requiring that the mother be provided concrete information regarding abortion and its effects before deciding whether to go through with it.  Obama would also reverse the ban on federal funding for abortions.

If It Was Up to Obama, This Woman Would be Dead.  No, I'm not talking about Sarah Palin, I'm talking about Gianna Jessen.  If it was up to the abominable Obama, the to-be-aborted little baby, Gianna Jessen, would have been turned into worm dirt 31 years ago.  Thankfully, Mr. Change and Mr. Hope wasn't around back then to lay his liberal legislative death-dealing pen to Ms. Jessen's fate — and the world is a better place for it.  So, who is Gianna Jessen?

Obama Campaign Ad Targets Abortion Survivor.  In response to a political ad noting that Barack opposed a bill protecting babies who survive late-term abortions, the Obama campaign has produced an ad of its own, accusing the woman speaking in the ad — herself a late-term abortion survivor — of telling "a despicable lie."

Obama Keeps Distorting "Born Alive" Vote.  Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen is a member of  She put a scorching statement up on her website reacting to Obama's attack on her group.  "Mr. Obama is clearly blinded by political ambition given his attack on me this week," she said.  "All I asked of him was to do the right thing:  support medical care and protection for babies who survive abortion — as I did 31 years ago.  He voted against such protection and care four times even though the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of a bill identical to the one Obama opposed."

Deniers for Obama.  When Congress was considering the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA), a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Jill Stanek and Allison Baker, two nurses at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.  They described several instances in which babies who were moving and breathing after induced abortions were left to die.  The committee report quoted Jill Stanek:  "Mrs. Stanek testified about another aborted baby who was thought to have had spina bifida, but was delivered with an intact spine.  On another occasion, an aborted baby was left to die on the counter of the Utility Room wrapped in a disposable towel."

Obama is called a 'liar' on abortion.  If you want to know Barack Obama's real views on abortion, you should meet registered nurse Jill Stanek.  Mrs. Stanek worked at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois from 1993 to 2001.  When she worked in the hospital's Labor and Delivery Department she saw that babies who survived abortion attempts were left to die alone in supply rooms.  They could linger for as long as eight hours, without medical care, without even the dignity of a warm blanket or a soft touch.  Their tiny bodies were then dumped in the trash.  Mr. Obama's spiritual mentor served on the board of the hospital.

Obamacide:  During a partial-birth abortion, the abortionist pulls a fully developed, fully "viable" child — often kicking and thrashing — feet first from her mother's womb, leaving only the top of her head in the birth canal.  He then stabs her through the skull with scissors or some other sharp object, piercing her brain until her kicking and moving about suddenly and violently jerk to a halt.  Her brains are then sucked out — collapsing her skull — and her now limp and lifeless body is tossed aside like so much garbage.  Again, medical science has determined that this horrific practice, which is nothing short of infanticide, is never necessary.

Democrats Move Left On Abortion.  It seems as if the Democrats have accomplished the impossible:  They have moved to the left on abortion.  On the party's platform, the Democrats dropped the words "safe, legal and rare," the phrase used most famously by both Bill and Hillary Clinton to signal moderation on the issue.  The Democrats also added the modifier "unequivocally" to strengthen their support for abortion rights.

Obama's infanticide problem:  You can tell Barack Obama knows he has a problem when he starts lying about his record, and the lie is readily disprovable.  Such is the case with his 2002 vote against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act. … The liberal media are just going to shrug their shoulders and move on.  But the pro-life community is large enough and organized well enough to make this lie an issue.

Obama's Christian Creds Vs. Abortion and Infanticide:  This, "I don't want them punished with a baby," is perhaps the most self-revelatory statement Barack Obama has uttered in public since he began his campaign for the Presidency. … Because it goes to the personal. It goes to the extent of wholehearted approval of killing one's own grandchildren if they happen to have been conceived inconveniently.

A stark choice on abortion.  If Obama had deliberately set out to appall prolife voters, he couldn't have uttered four words more jarring than "punished with a baby."  The equation of any new child with punishment set teeth on edge, and Obama's campaign quickly issued a clarification.  The candidate, a loving father of two, believes that "children are miracles," it said; he only meant to underscore the importance of reducing teen pregnancy.  But Obama's unscripted words needed no clarifying.  They tartly encapsulated the extreme position on "choice" he has staked out in his career.

Obama Panders on Abortion.  According to The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso, Obama doesn't believe babies born alive during a failed abortion should have the same rights of other babies.  He's said "whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a nine-month-old — child that was delivered to term." (p. 197)

Obama Lied About His Abortion Record.  The New York Sun reported that Obama's campaign has admitted that the senator voted against giving medical care to babies born alive after an abortion attempt — a fact that the campaign originally dismissed as a "smear."  The reality behind Obama's rhetoric is that he worked against efforts to ban the gruesome practice of leaving babies who survived failed abortions to die.

Obama's Extremism:  Obama's problem isn't his temperament, but the unsustainable exertions necessary to attempt to square his reasonable-sounding rhetoric on abortion with the extremism of his record.  Asked by Pastor Rick Warren when a baby gets rights, Obama said, "I'm absolutely convinced that there is a moral and ethical element to this issue."  This is a crashing banality couched as thoughtfulness.  If Obama is so sensitive to the moral element of the issue, why does he want to eliminate any existing restrictions on the procedure?

A little too glib.
Obama's Abortion Position?  It's a One-liner.  Barack Obama had made real strides in defusing the abortion issue with pro-life voters as late as last week. ... But Mr. Obama eroded many of those gains last Saturday when he told Pastor Rick Warren during a nationally televised forum that deciding when the rights of personhood should be extended to the unborn was "above my pay grade."

That's Above My Pay Grade.  Such a response by a candidate for President of the United States gives insight into his personal values and the core of his leadership qualities.  It also means one of three things:  One, Obama hasn't decided for himself when life begins.  Two, Obama believes life begins somewhere along the way, after conception.  Or, three, Obama believes that life begins at conception.  Let's look at each, in turn, and consider how we may have gotten some insight into how Barack Obama thinks, what his values are, and how candid he is when speaking to the American people.

The Case Against Obama — In His Own Words:  In the Saddleback Church forum last week, in response to Rev. Rick Warren's question, "At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?" Obama responded:  "Well, uh, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or, uh, a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know, is, is, uh, above my pay grade."

Obama's Abortion Distortion.  In March 2003, registered nurse Jill Stanek submitted a statement to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services committee in which she reported that infants who survived abortions at her Oak Lawn hospital were sometimes "taken to the Soiled Utility Room and left alone to die."  Stanek was lobbying the committee to approve the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, which would have recognized any infant born alive after an abortion as a human being deserving legal protection.  Barack Obama, then the committee chairman, defeated the bill with his fellow Democrats in a 6-4 party-line vote.

Life Lies:  Sen. Obama is currently misleading people about what he voted against, specifically claiming that the bill he voted against in his committee lacked "neutrality" language on Roe v. Wade.  The bill did contain this language.  He even participated in the unanimous vote to put it in.

Obama's Infanticide Disgrace.  As a state legislator, Obama spoke out against, and voted down, a bill that would have explicitly extended legal protections to born-alive premature infants.  In other words, he cast a vote against banning infanticide. Making matters worse — if such a thing is possible — the explanation Obama has peddled over the years to justify his vote has recently been exposed as untrue.

Obama Calls Pro-Lifers Liars.  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is harshly accusing a pro-life group of "lying" about his record on abortion as a Illinois state senator, despite compelling evidence on the pro-lifers' side.

Fathering More Lies.  Nurse Jill Stanek said that at her hospital "abortions" were repeatedly performed by inducing the live birth of a pre-viable fetus and then leaving it to die.  When she made her report, the attorney general said that no law had been broken.  That's why legislators proposed a bill to fill the gap.  Obama did not want the gap filled.  He did not want pre-viable fetuses/infants to have any legal protection.

Barack Obama's abortion crime and cover-up.  Ever wonder how Barack Obama, the great healer, ended up with a more radical record on abortion than Sen. Hillary Clinton or even the zealots at NARAL-Pro-Choice America?  It comes down to the "Born-Alive Infant Protection Act."  The bill was designed to provide legal protection for babies born alive during an abortion.  Babies like the ones ex-nurse Jill Stanek saw discarded and left for dead at her hospital.

Obama's falsehood:  Regardless of the reasons for his vote, Mr. Obama cannot say that his critics are lying.  He did oppose a bill virtually identical to the one unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate.  And now, five years later, he might end up paying a political price for that decision.

Obama Would Let Her Die.  I can't help but ask the question:  "Why does Obama pursue such outcomes?"  Perhaps it's because neither of his children have had anything but a beautiful life, and a pleasurable home to experience.  But do handicapped children deserve less from life because of some mental or physical limitation? … Last week, Barack Obama called those of us who have told the truth about his position on this issue "liars."  He said that we were misrepresenting this issue and he attempted to claim confusion and "multiple bills" and "procedures" to cloud the issue of his voting record.  All of which itself was a lie.

The 'Swiftboating' Charge and Infanticide: A Guilty Diversion.  Barack Obama was the only member of the Illinois Senate to speak against a bill that would have granted legal protection to already-born babies still alive after a failed abortion.  He used his power to prevent those innocent babies from having the best chance to survive.  The evidence speaks for itself.  It doesn't get much colder than that.

Why Obama Really Voted For Infanticide:  There wasn't any question about what was happening.  The abortions were going wrong.  The babies weren't cooperating.  They wouldn't die as planned.  Or, as Illinois state senator Barack Obama so touchingly put it, there was "movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just coming out limp and dead."  No, Senator.  They wouldn't go along with the program.  They wouldn't just come out limp and dead.  They were coming out alive.  Born alive.

Obama:  110% Pro-Choice.  Obama more than earns his pay as a Democrat by advancing pro-abortion certitudes, based on what he now admits is a doubt that he can't bother himself to study up on, and by treating abortion as his first legislative priority.  "The first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," he assured the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in 2007.  That Act would impose an abortion-on-demand regime on every state in the country, sweeping away all existing regulations.

Obama More Pro-Choice Than NARAL.  Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) portrays himself as a thoughtful Democrat who carefully considers both sides of controversial issues, but his radical stance on abortion puts him further left on that issue than even NARAL Pro-Choice America.  In 2002, as an Illinois legislator, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies that survived late-term abortions.

Obama's Born-Alive Cover-Up.  Several of the purported refutations are themselves, at best, misdirections.  One of the most easily verifiable is Obama's continued insistence that he voted against the Illinois Born Alive Act because it lacked an abortion neutrality clause.  Remarkable.  Obama now has unequivocally repeated this falsehood several times.  Is he that confident nobody in the mainstream media will call him on it?

The Obama Debate Every American Should See:  The most telling debate Barack Obama ever had was not with John McCain but Patrick O'Malley, who served with Obama in the Illinois Senate and engaged Obama in a colloquy every American should read.  The Obama-O'Malley debate was a defining moment for Obama because it dealt with such a fundamental issue:  The state's duty to protect the civil rights of the young and disabled.

Palin: Obama "Atrocious" On Abortion.  GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin described her rival Barack Obama's radical position on abortion as "absolutely atrocious" on Laura Ingraham's radio program Thursday [10/9/2008].  Palin specifically attacked Obama for his votes against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as an Illinois State Senator.

Obama's Abortion Stance Hurts Blacks, Say Pro-Life Experts.  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may be riding what seems to be a perfect wave toward the Democratic presidential nomination, but some African-Americans say his pro-abortion stance make him a danger to the black community.  "Between 1882 and 1962, 3,446 blacks were lynched," says Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr. on his Web site,  "That number is surpassed in less than three days by abortion."  More than 1,400 African-American children are aborted each day in the United States, said Childress.

Obama's Infanticide Lie:  Obama has repeatedly claimed he would have voted for Illinois' version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) had it included language to protect abortion rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, as the federal version of the bill did, which sailed through the U.S. Senate 98-0.  Contrary to what Obama has said, forgotten records from the Illinois Senate archives show Obama did vote against a BAIPA bill that included such a neutrality clause virtually identical to the federal bill.  "We have a smoking gun committee report," said National Right to Life Committee Legislative Counsel Susan Muskett.

Emperor Obama's Clothes are Visible and Scary.  Obama plans — as his first official act, he told Planned Parenthood — to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).  If he signs FOCA, he will eliminate virtually all federal, state and local restrictions on abortion.  Further, he would nominate Supreme Court judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade, and the left-dominated Congress would confirm them easily.

Obama's Promise May Doom Conservative Dems.  [Scroll down slowly]  Obama stuck his neck out even further regarding abortion and his support of FOCA (Freedom Of Choice Act).  Some might say, FOCA is the big enchilada which has the potential to put many socially conservative Democrats on the hot seat.  FOCA is a radical bill that would have an impact on health care providers, pharmacies, pharmacists and legislation which is widely popular with the American people, including laws like parental notification (for minors seeking abortions) and bans on horrific procedures, such as partial-birth abortion.

Academics To Hold Obama Supporters Accountable.  Called The Moral Accountability Project, the site features President Barack Obama's complete record on the life issues.  It also documents his promises to fund embryonic stem cell research, enact the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would overturn every existing abortion restriction in the country and to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which protects states against being forced to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.  The Web site will also feature news updates and articles about the president's decisions on these issues.

The Legal Consequences of the Freedom of Choice Act:  By banning state laws that in any way "interfere with" the choice of abortion before viability — a more abortion-protective standard than exists under present law and a central feature of the bill — FOCA would materially expand abortion rights in several ways.  It would invalidate state laws that attempt to persuade women to choose not to have abortions by providing them with information about alternatives to abortion, about the ability of pregnant women to receive state assistance for support of their child, and about the condition and stage of development of the child at the point in pregnancy at which the abortion is sought.

Gallup:  Majority of Americans Disapprove of the Reversal of Mexico City Policy.  58% of Americans disapprove of President Obama's executive order lifting the ban on funding of overseas family planning groups that provide abortions, while only 35% of Americans approve.

Obama Speech at National Prayer Breakfast: Insincere Theological Farce .  Glancing down at his notes every few seconds Mr. Obama managed to get through what looked like the worst drudgery of his day at the National Prayer Breakfast. ... There has been little to nothing of Obama's policy that could even remotely be declared as biblical.  When he did use a quote from Proverbs it served to bring into question, yet, once again the lost lives of fifty four million unborn children whose silent voices were not, nor ever will be heard.  He said "To answer the responsibility we're given in Proverbs to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?"  Nothing said by Mr. Obama after that, could possibly mitigate the obvious hypocrisy in his words.

Taxpayer Funds for International Abortion, Obama Priority One?  One of many Bush Administration policies being immediately overturned by the new Obama cabal is the existing ban on the use of federal tax dollars to promote and fund abortions here and abroad.  Obama planned to sign an executive order pouring US taxpayer funds into abortion practices all over the world on his first day in office.  But as the March for Life on Washington DC was scheduled for January 21st, he decided to delay the signing of this peculiar executive order for a couple of days.

Obama's abortion war.  No sooner had President Obama taken the oath of office than he betrayed two of his campaign promises.  In pledging to unite us, not divide us, he promised to find common ground on cultural issues, especially to search for ways to reduce the number of abortions. ... Only three days into a new administration, the president of "hope" and "change" revealed that, in this enormous matter at least, he will not be a new leader who will work towards a kinder, gentler, more unified America.  Instead he is immediately exacerbating old wounds in the body politic:  He is simply a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Sources:  Obama may quickly reverse abortion policy.  Obama's second full day as president falls on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.  The sources said Obama may use the occasion to reverse the "Mexico City policy" reinstated in 2001 by Bush that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services.

Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Groups Providing Abortions Overseas.  President Obama will issue an executive order on Thursday reversing the Bush administration policy that bans the use of federal dollars by non-govermental organizations that discuss or provide abortions outside of the United States.  Obama will sign the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

Pelosi's Abortion Stimulus Package.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) will bring her "Kill the Children" economic stimulus plan to the floor of the House this week for a likely vote on Thursday [1/29/2009].  On ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, Pelosi justified the inclusion of expanded federal funding for abortions as part of an economic stimulus plan on the grounds that reducing the number of children being born would help stimulate the economy.

Nancy Pelosi's neo-eugenics.  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is no economist, judging by her comments made to ABC's George Stephanopoulus, in asserting population growth in the US would be a drag on economic growth.  Population growth usually is an economic stimulant, especially in developed countries.  It always is a stimulant in developed democracies with private property rights and free markets.  Otherwise we wouldn't have a consumer society.

Freedom of Choice Act: Facts & Myths.  The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is the most radical piece of abortion legislation in United States history.  Obama has stated that this is one piece of legislation he wants to get pushed through the 111th Congress.  FOCA would literally do an end run on all existing controls concerning abortion in this country. ... FOCA goes far beyond even Roe in allowing and promoting abortion.

Cloaking Extremism:  Obama and Same-Sex Marriage.  In the 2008 campaign and now that he is in the White House, President Barack Obama has made no bones about his support for the most extreme pro-abortion policies ever espoused by a U.S. president.  While certain individuals have attempted to make the case that Obama will actually be "pro-life" or will work to reduce the incidence of abortion, he has already begun to make appointments, fashion policies, and pledge himself to commitments for more such actions that give the lie to this cover story.

HHS Leader Sebelius Brings A Radical Abortion Record.  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is being reported as the front-runner as President Barack Obama's appointment for Health And Human Services Secretary.  Although Ms. Sebelius was touted by The New York Times as a bipartisan politician, she comes with a strong pro-abortion record.  Not only has Ms. Sebelius — governor in a battleground state on the abortion issue — repeatedly vetoed any measures that would limit or regulate abortion that came across her desk, she also has ties to an abortionist with a history of performing risky abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Abortion foes vow to fight a Sebelius nomination.  National anti-abortion groups promise a vigorous fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. health and human services secretary.  Abortion foes said Friday [2/27/2009] an important issue is a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who's now facing criminal charges.  They also said Sebelius' abortion-rights views are "radical."

More about Governor Sebelius and the abortion issue.

Poll:  Americans Oppose Obama's First Two Executive Orders.  President Obama has garnered widespread support for his early actions in office, but Americans strongly oppose the commander-in-chief's first two executive orders — allowing federal funding for overseas abortions and closing Guantanamo — according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Obama's Decision on Overseas Abortion Funding Rated Least Popular.  A new poll shows a majority of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's decision to repeal a ban on federal funding for groups that promote or provide abortions overseas.

Obama as Hitler.  This week President Obama exercised for the first time a policy decision that shares a trait held in common with Adolf Hitler.  The headline was leaked late in the Friday afternoon news cycle so that as few people as possible would pay attention, but here's the crux of a very real problem:  President Obama is moving policy on public health into the direction of doctors being forced to act against their conscience.  (For liberals educated in public schools, a conscience is that little voice inside you that used to inform you as to what was right or wrong.)  President Obama wants them performing abortions, whether they believe it to be an immoral thing or not.

Obama to rescind Bush abortion rule, official says.  President Barack Obama plans to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor's right not to participate in abortions.  The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms.

Sebelius' Abortion Camouflage.  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the nation's most pro-abortion governor, is President Obama's new choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the largest of the government agencies and the one handling most of the nation's social conservative policy issues.  Like President Obama, Mrs. Sebelius has embraced pro-life rhetoric in an attempt to camouflage her radical record on the abortion issue.

Sebelius to face questions over abortion.  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), President Obama's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has touched off criticism over her association with a Kansas abortion provider.  Sebelius vetoed a late-term aborition law in 2008, and in 2007 she held a reception at the Kansas governor's mansion that included Dr. George Tiller, a Wichita doctor whose clinic provided late-term abortions.  Tiller was under investigation for violating that state's restrictions on some forms of abortion.

The Abortion Administration.  In his first week in office, President Obama issued an executive order overturning the Reagan-era Mexico City regulations, which had prohibited American foreign aid from going to organizations that finance overseas abortions.  Just a few weeks later, the Gallup organization revealed that the executive order was the single most unpopular action taken by the president during his honeymoon period.

Ho-Hum Horror.  The case of Kermit Gosnell reached the newspapers just a few days before the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  President Obama did not mention Gosnell in his official statement celebrating the anniversary.  But the case sheds more light on Roe's import than the statement did.  Obama did not refer to the word "abortion," preferring instead to discuss "reproductive freedom" and the "fundamental principle" that "government should not intrude on private family matters."  The stories about Gosnell were a little less abstract.  They told of a clinic where dirty instruments spread venereal disease, cats roamed and defecated freely, and some patients died.  The state government conducted essentially no oversight; administrations of both parties wanted to keep abortion as free from governmental intrusion as possible.

Obama lied, babies died.  It's hard to comprehend that intelligent people believe Obama speaks the truth.  A simple question:  If an individual encourages coldly tossing a barely breathing infant into a laundry room to die and uses the upholding of the original intent to kill the baby as an excuse, is it logical to assume such a person has a high regard for truth?  Barack Obama supports killing the unborn and if by chance the infant should happen to "burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion" by refusing to die, Barry disagrees with providing a helpless being medical care.  Plain and simple, Obama is cold and heartless.

Obama and His Pro-Life Apologists.  President Obama knows that an unborn baby is human.  He knows that the blood shed by the abortionist's knife is human blood, that the bones broken are human bones.  He does not deny that the baby whom nurse Jill Stanek discovered gasping for breath in a soiled linen bin after a failed attempt to end her life by abortion, was a human baby.  Even in opposing the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which was designed to assure that such babies were rescued if possible or at least given comfort care while they died, Barack Obama did not deny the humanity of the child.  What he denied, and continues to deny, is the fundamental equality of that child — equality with those of us who are safely born and accepted into the human community.

The Supreme Court and fundamental freedoms.  Although he is absorbed in extraordinarily extensive and imminent problems, President Obama, I hope, will find just an hour to look at, in a sonogram, developing human beings before they are born.  Then he might revoke his promise to join many congressional Democrats in supporting the Freedom of Choice Act that annuls many states' restrictions on abortion, such as informed consent, parental involvement and state-funding laws.  If this is his first experience with what a sonogram reveals, he may, as happened to a very pro-choice law professor I know, take a little more time to see more of those unmistakable lives.

Does Obama respect conscience?  The Bush administration last month announced a new regulation protecting health-care providers who refuse to perform abortions or other medical procedures that violate their conscience.  Pro-choice groups have cried foul, arguing that the last-minute regulation is a politically motivated attack on a woman's right to choose and will restrict women's access to abortion and contraceptives.  The incoming Obama administration has signaled it wants to repeal the rule.

Pro-Abortion Groups Post 'Wish List' on Obama's Web Site.  A coalition of pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, the Guttmacher Institute, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the American Civil Liberties Union, have posted a reproductive health wish list on the Obama Transition Team Web site,  The list outlines the steps the groups think the next president should take during his first 100 days in office to promote and fund abortion in America and around the globe.

10 Concerns about Barack Obama:  (#9.) Barack Obama is to the left of Hillary Clinton and NARAL on the issue of life.  As a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, a law that would have protected babies if they survived an attempted abortion and were delivered alive.

Can Obama Win the "Values Voter?"  [Obama] is the most extremist pro-choicer ever to get this close to the presidency.  His stand-alone votes against bills protecting newborn babies who survive abortions were horrible.  He calls abortion a "safety net" and vowed to Planned Parenthood in July 2007 that the "first thing" he would do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would nationalize abortion policy and overturn all the perfectly reasonable state-level restrictions on abortion by bipartisan legislatures throughout America.  Then there are Obama's revealing statements on the stump — such as how he would hate to see his daughters get pregnant out-of-wedlock and "punished with a baby."

Barack and the Bishops.  Most shocking, and of special concern to the bishops, is the fear that FOCA [Freedom of Choice Act] would eliminate the freedom of conscience of doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers — Catholic, non-Catholic, you name it — to not participate in abortion procedures at their hospitals.  The bishops noted that this would be an attack on Americans' free exercise of religion.

New president, more abortions.  Our new president-elect has not equivocated in his reverence for abortion rights.  Speaking at a Planned Parenthood event on July 17, 2007, Barack Obama pledged that his first act as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act.  It is the most radical attack yet on the deep beliefs of millions of American pro-lifers.

Faith-Based Hospitals Could Close If Obama Signs Freedom of Choice Act.  Now that Barack Obama has been elected president, pro-life and pro-abortion groups are waiting to see if he will keep his campaign promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) into law and if faith-based hospitals and health care facilities will be forced to perform abortions or risk losing federal funding — a loss that could result in some health care providers closing their doors.

Obama's Holy Hell:  If President-elect Barack Obama goes through with his campaign pledge to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act, holy hell is going to break loose.  FOCA may be the most radical social legislation in decades.  It seeks to strip every last restraint from abortion — outlawing states' requirements for waiting periods, informed consent or parental consent; preventing health and safety regulation of abortion clinics and abortionists — and even ending restrictions on partial-birth abortion.

Obama's abortion conundrum:  Pro-choice groups in America are lobbying President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to remove all restrictions on abortion instituted by President Bush and the Republican led-Congresses over the last eight years.  A 55-page lengthy policy paper, "Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration," was sent to the transition team and posted to its Web site this week.  It was ripped from the page in less than a day.

Obama's New 'Council on Women' Seen As Vehicle to Promote Feminist Agenda.  President Barack Obama on Wednesday created a new bureaucracy to deal with women's health, domestic violence and economic security. But some conservatives fear the new council will actively promote the feminist agenda in the government. ... Although the president did not say exactly what issues the council would address, the group is likely to promote feminist causes such as expanded litigation and the abortion rights, said Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at Concerned Women for America, a conservative advocacy group.

Sebelius' Pro-Choice Incoherence:  Obama has begun providing federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.  He has moved to weaken conscience protections for health care professionals.  And he has chosen the most radical possible option on the use of embryonic stem cells — a free license for researchers, with boundaries set only by the National Institutes of Health.  Taxpayers will now likely fund not only the use of "spare" embryos from in vitro fertilization, but also human lives produced and ended for the sole purpose of scientific exploitation.

Murder, Inc.  Usually when a president picks a friend of a big but controversial industry to run a federal department that regulates that same industry, some eyebrows are raised.  The press wonders how independent the nominee could be.  Senators fret over the long financial relationship between the nominee and the controversial industry.  In time, the White House quietly withdraws the nomination and insiders chortle that the administration never should have made such a foolish nomination. ... So we are wondering why President Obama nominated Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Interrogation Memos and the 'Moral Bearings' of President Obama.  [Scroll down]  It appears that Obama lost his moral bearings years ago.  After all, with a moral compass in the form of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama was pointed to the far, far left.  That may or may not explain Obama's voting record with respect to the gruesome, immoral practice of partial birth abortion — it just might be that the President's conscience has been seared to the point of putting politics over innocent life.

Obama's Ethical Toggle Switch.  Obama doesn't know when "a baby gets human rights."  Based on what he doesn't know, he supports abortion, not to mention the denial of medical attention to a live aborted fetus.  In short, he assumes an affirmative ethical stance (pro abortion) based on what he says he doesn't know, namely, when a baby's life begins.

Obama's Moral Slide Rule.  In President Barack Obama's moral and constitutional universe, unfettering abortion and coddling terrorists trump innocent life.  But most Americans reject his anti-life calculations.  Candidate Obama promised Planned Parenthood that he would "go on offense" by signing the "Freedom of Choice Act" as his first act as president.  It would put millions of additional lives at risk by eliminating all federal and state regulations of abortion, including bans on late term and partial birth abortion.  If these barbaric procedures are not torture, nothing is.

Hidden Within ObamaCare, an Abortion Mandate.  Government-owned health care will place bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health care options.  This is wrong.  Health care decisions must be made by you and your doctor.  However, there is another very serious concern with health care reform plans in Congress, especially the plan being offered in the House.  It will lead to mandated coverage of abortion, forcing employers and insurance providers to cover abortion as a health care procedure and subsidizing abortions with the tax dollars of pro-life Americans who have grave moral objections.

Obama's First 100 Days:  The anti-life plan is now established.  [President Obama] has a 100 percent approval rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, the U.S.'s leading pro-abortion organization.  That rating is based on a record of consistently voting against the unborn.  Obama has told Planned Parenthood he regards so-called choice as "a fundamental issue" on which he will not yield.  He voted against an Induced Infant Liability Act in the Illinois legislature in 2002; this would have given legal protection and medical assistance to babies born from botched abortions.  He also voted against banning partial-birth abortion in the Senate in October 2007.

White House praises defeat of abortion amendment.  White House officials are praising the defeat of an anti-abortion proposal in Mississippi that would have defined life as beginning at conception.

Obama Is No Closet Centrist.  After reviewing many of Obama's personnel decisions, it's clear that Obama intends to be anything but a centrist on social issues.  Many of Obama's social policy advisors are leading figures in the abortion industry and heavy hitters of the homosexual lobby.  White House Communications Director Ellen Moran is a former executive director of Emily's List, the leading abortion-focused political action committee.  And Dawn Johnsen, former legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, recently was appointed to Obama's Justice Department Review Team.

"...I've got two daughters.  9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.  But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

Senator Barack Obama,    
March 29, 2008.    

Obama opposes the Catholic church and pushes for government-mandated contraception and sterilization:

One thing should be plainly apparent now:  Abortion is more important to the Democrats than either the Catholic church or the Constitution.  I'm not a Catholic, nor will I ever be, but I'm not going to stand by quietly while a tyrant like Barack H. Obama (a/k/a Barry Soetoro) shreds the Constitution.

Related topic:  Is Obama a Christian?

Catholic Bishop: Obama Is 'Proponent' of What is Shameful and Criminal in the Eyes of Almighty God'.  Nicholas DiMarzio, the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., says that in his zealous support for abortion, President Barack Obama has used his position not to help mothers and children in difficult circumstances but instead has been an advocate for that which "is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God."

Obama and the Dictatorship of Relativism.  Alas, it's not a question of the administration being tragically "tone deaf," as one American Jesuit claimed, to specifically Catholic concerns.  Nor is the bedrock of President Obama's position, in the end, a commitment to "women's health."  Outside the ghoulish world of Planned Parenthood, pregnancy does not qualify as a disease.  A fertile womb is no threat to human life.  No, this is all about the absolutization of choice for the sake of choice.

Democrat Party Is Losing Christian Voters in Droves.  Last week Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan lashed out at the Obama Administration for forcing religious organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience.  New Obama regulations will force Christian organizations to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion drugs to workers even though this violates Catholic Church teaching.  The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption.  This week the military is telling Catholic Chaplains what they can and cannot say about the Obama Administration.  These are just the latest examples of Obama's war on Christians.

Obama's Culture of Death and the Catholic Vote:  Not only do Barack Obama's positions on human life issues lie in absolute contradiction with Pope Benedict XVI, his positions are the most radical of any post-Roe candidate ever to seek the Presidency.  Far more radical than Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.  Obama has at least been forthright in proclaiming that the very first thing he will do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which codifies Roe in national law and strikes down every single protective restriction to abortion in all 50 states, including parental notification and partial-birth abortion bans.

A Catholic Case Against Barack:  Not only is Barack the most pro-abortion member of the Senate, with his straight A+ report card from the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood.  He supports the late-term procedure known as partial-birth abortion, where the baby's skull is stabbed with scissors in the birth canal and the brains are sucked out to end its life swiftly and ease passage of the corpse into the pan.  Partial-birth abortion, said the late Sen. Pat Moynihan, "comes as close to infanticide as anything I have seen in our judiciary."

Obama's Choice of Sebelius Heats Up the Pro-life Battle.  President Barack Obama has selected a pro-abortion Catholic governor, who has been told by her bishop not to present herself for communion, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  Writing last year in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, discussed a meeting with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius where he told her "that someday she's going to have to stand before God and account for her public service."

Obama vs. Pope Benedict.  President-elect Barack Obama's plan to pass the Freedom of Choice Act is setting up a showdown with the Vatican.  "The first thing I will do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," he said at an address before Planned Parenthood on July 17, 2007.  And if he does, it will trigger a harsh response from Pope Benedict XVI, as well as a political revolt among practicing American Catholics.

Is Obama Trying To Replace The Pope?  The First Amendment forbids "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.  But a pontificating President Obama would do just that in forcing Catholics to provide contraception and sterilization.

NOW President: It's 'Poppycock' to Say Catholic Institutions Have a Conscience.  National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill says that it is "poppycock" for America's Roman Catholic bishops to say that Catholic institutions have a conscience.  "The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' claims that institutions can have consciences — that's poppycock," said O'Neill.

Religious intolerance, California-style.  The Obama administration proved Friday that California laws continue to have national influence.  But this time, the pattern has wrought a serious violation of the First Amendment protection for religious liberty.  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is sticking with a rule that mandates insurance coverage for sterilization and contraceptives, including some that cause abortions.  But the rule's exemption for religious employers is so narrow as to have raised the ire of religious leaders, organizations and pundits across the political spectrum.

The Catholic Church is fighting mad with the Obama Administration.  The Health and Human Services Department recently announced it will require all employers (with few exceptions) to provide health insurance to their employees which includes subsidized contraception, sterilization and coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.  This meant that religious institutions, like Catholic colleges and hospitals, or other Christian institutions would be compelled to violate their conscience by cooperating with that which they believe to be wrong.

A Clash of Conscience.  The decision last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reject the appeals of scores of religious leaders and retain a very narrow "religious" exemption from Obamacare's so-called contraception mandate has ignited an uproar among Catholic leaders, as well it should — because it's hard to fathom a government dictate more offensive than this one.

Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama.  My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines.  In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead.  What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement -- not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees.  The dispute stems from one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law:  its requirement that all health plans provide "preventive services" for free.  That category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol checkups and mammograms.  Starting this year, it also includes coverage of birth control pills, IUDs and other contraceptives.

The Editor asks...
What will the next incremental change bring about?  Will "preventive services" include sterilization of the poor?  Abortion on demand?  Lobotomies for political opponents?

The State Ruling the Church:  [Scroll down]  No, the real issue is not birth control or the provision of it.  The central issue is government intimidation of and control over religious institutions.  It is government's overriding of the consciences of Catholics and members of other denominations who oppose abortifacients and sterilization.  The 2013 deadline for Catholic institutions to conform to the health care mandate is the proverbial governmental foot in the door for controlling religious institutions — actually, for controlling all people of faith who disagree with the administration's stance toward abortion.  For the truth of the matter is that the U.S. government's intrusion into religious organizations, if not halted at this stage, will continue to press even harder for even more sacrifices of conscience.

First, They Came for the Catholics.  This weekend, Catholic bishops informed parishioners of the recent White House edict forcing religious hospitals, schools, charities and other health and social service providers to provide "free" abortifacient pills, sterilizations and contraception on demand in their insurance plans — even if it violates their moral consciences and the teachings of their churches.  NARAL, NOW, Ms. Magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation all cheered the administration's abuse of the Obamacare law to ram abortion down pro-life medical professionals' throats.

WH: 'No Constitutional Rights Issue' in Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says there are no "constitutional rights issues" involved in a regulation issued by the administration that requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

Obama plays his Catholic allies for fools.  Both radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama's decision — an edict delivered with a sneer.  It is the most transparently anti-Catholic maneuver by the federal government since the Blaine Amendment was proposed in 1875 — a measure designed to diminish public tolerance of Romanism, then regarded as foreign, authoritarian and illiberal.  Modern liberalism has progressed to the point of adopting the attitudes and methods of 19th-century Republican nativists.  The implications of Obama's choice will take years to sort through.

Religious Liberty Can Still Trump ObamaCare.  Religious freedom is a core American principle, one that our Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution and called on future generations of leaders to preserve and protect.  Despite our deeply rooted heritage of religious liberty, the Obama administration recently issued a mandate under ObamaCare that will require church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers private-insurance coverage without out-of-pocket charges for birth control, something they are morally opposed to.  In doing so, the administration ignored efforts by numerous faith-based organizations to be granted an exemption on religious grounds.

ObamaCare Abortions: Will Catholics Vote for Him A Second Time?  During the last presidential election, Catholics voted by a margin of 55-45% for the most pro-death President in history.  Of course, he started out by covering up the crucifix at Georgetown before delivering a speech, so as not to offend Muslims or Atheists, proceeded to declare that "America is not a Christian nation", then bowed before a Saudi king.  Therefore, should we be surprised when this secular humanist, pro-abortion President now attacks religious freedom by backing regulations which force Catholic hospitals — against their will and the tenets of their religion — to fund and/or even perform abortions or risk sanctions and closure?

Civil Disobedience in Obama's Second Term.  Some of Barack Obama's useful idiots on the Catholic center/left say that his decree forcing religious organizations to pay for contraceptives amounts to a betrayal.  No, it is not.  Candidate Obama had telegraphed his plans to discriminate against the religious.  Were Cardinal Mahony and company too busy burbling over "hope and change" to pay attention?  You made Obama's bed; now lie in it.

A Catholic Case Against Barack.  Thrice in the Illinois legislature, Obama helped block a bill that was designed solely to protect the life of infants already born, and outside the womb, who had miraculously survived the attempt to kill them during an abortion.  Thrice, Obama voted to let doctors and nurses allow these tiny human beings die of neglect and be tossed out with the medical waste.  How can a man who purports to be a Christian justify this?

Obama: The One, True Faith.  It's hard to believe that Obama falls to his knees for anyone, but apparently he does.  As long as they aren't Catholic.

The Audacity of Obama's Secularism:  Obama's Fifth Column within the Church also stands ready to help.  The National Catholic Reporter, to take one example, has run a sympathetic editorial about his HHS mandate.  And even ostensible opponents of it on the Catholic left and center already reveal the white flag near at hand.  In the last few days, they have been blubbering weakly that the issue is not "contraception" — a subject on which they agree with the president — but the etiquette of partisan coordination and team play.

Obamacare vs. the Catholics.  In Virginia, Catholics heard from Bishop Paul Loverde, who wrote, "I am absolutely convinced that an unprecedented and very dangerous line has been crossed."  In Phoenix, Bishop Thomas Olmsted wrote, "We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law."  In Pittsburgh, Bishop David Zubik wrote that President Obama had told Catholics, "To Hell with your religious beliefs." ... It was a remarkable moment, in part because despite their stern reputation, most Catholic bishops are not terribly conservative.  They tend to be politically liberal and socially cautious.

The Obama Administration Is In For An Enormous Battle With The Catholic Church.  The Obama Administration made a huge political error in its recent decision to compel religious institutions to buy health insurance policies that cover things they believe are inherently sinful — like contraception, sterilization, and drugs that may act as abortifacients.  Over the past two weekends thousands of priests read out a letter to their parishes promising that the Church "cannot -- and will not comply with this unjust law."

Three Things Everyone Should Know about the HHS Mandate.  [#1]  It's an abortifacient mandate; not just a "contraceptive mandate."  The HHS rule requires large employers to provide insurance for free sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs, and artificial contraceptives.  Our side would do well to refer to it as the "abortifacient mandate."  [#2]  The religious exemption is absolutely meaningless.

Obama: Our Henry VIII.  The administration is seeking to coerce Catholics to act against their consciences on two fronts:  on sterilization, contraceptives and abortion, and on the definition of marriage.  Obamacare regulations proposed by the Department of Health and Services on Aug. 1 would require every private health plan in America to cover sterilizations as well as all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including "emergency contraceptives."  These include drugs such as ulipristal, which can cause abortions both before and after an embryo implants in a mother's womb.

EWTN Files Suit to Block Contraception Mandate.  Eternal Word Television Network filed a lawsuit today [2/9/2012] in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala., seeking to halt the federal government's imposition of its contraception mandate and to have the court declare the federal rule unconstitutional.  The lawsuit names Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies, as defendants.

Abortion Haunting Obama.  A coalition of Catholic Bishops, concerned about that possibility, sent a letter to Congress and the White House in mid-July demanding that health care reform "excludes abortion coverage or any other provisions that threaten the sanctity of life."  Religious conservatives aren't the only political demographic uneasy with the abortion implications of Obama's health care revamp, either.  In late June, about two dozen House Democrats sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi pledging opposition to any reform bill that includes abortion coverage.

Dangerous Negotiations Over Abortion.  America's Catholic bishops are being used in a negotiating ploy that could lead to enactment of Obamacare and to federal funding of abortion.

The Gospel According to Obama:  [Scroll down]  Our quaint Constitution grants special autonomy to religious institutions.  Accordingly, it would be a mockery of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment if, for example, the Catholic Church were required by law to freely provide such "health-care services" (in secularist parlance) as contraception, sterilization, and pharmacological abortion — to which Catholicism is doctrinally opposed as a grave contravention of its teachings about the sanctity of life.  Ah.  But there would be no such Free Exercise violation if the institutions so mandated are deemed, by regulatory fiat, not religious.

Do Catholics Have Too Many Babies?  This is quite literally Congress making a law that interferes with the free exercise of religion.  This is not about the morality of contraception.  This is about the constitutionality of government coercion, coercion of religious institutions, coercion directly and profoundly prohibited by the Constitution itself.  The motivation for the coercion — that Catholics have too many babies — is reprehensible, and those in government who embrace that and are willing to use the power of government to resist that should be voted out of office.

Obama's war on the Catholic Church isn't just insensitive — it's un-American.  No Democratic president ever picked a fight with the Catholic Church in quite the way that Barack Obama has. ... Bishops, conservative and liberal, are now a single voice in their disgust with the administration's move.  The scale of Left-wing outrage is astonishing.  Even the columnist EJ Dionne — the Polly Toynbee of American Catholics — complained that "progressive" Catholics who had put their reputations on the line to support Obamacare had been "thrown under the bus."  Obama took 54 percent of the Catholic vote in 2008.  He will struggle to do that well again.

Next, the Amish must buy Chevy Volts.  The point is the same as the point about abortion — which by the way is next on the list of things the Church will be ordered to provide.  The point is the same about gay marriage, which priests will be forced to perform beginning with military chaplains.  The point is the destruction of Catholicism in the name of "freedom."  Liberals have targeted the Church for years because of all the major religions, it is the most centralized and most disciplined and the biggest threat to socialistic governments.

WSJ Almost Uniquely Raises Self-Insurance Issue in 'Immaculate Contraception' Editorial.  Showing just how out of touch the establishment press is with reality, an editorial this morning in the Wall Street Journal cutely titled "Immaculate Contraception" points out something most, including the Associated Press, have missed — that in a large number of cases involving many thousands of employees, there is no "insurance company" there to directly pay for these services.

Nancy Pelosi: Religious Freedom is an "Excuse" When It Comes to Women's Health.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference Thursday [2/9/2012] that Republicans are using religious freedom as an excuse to change the law in a way that will be harmful to women's health.  This was in regard to the pushback against Catholic employees being required to cover birth control and abortifacients, which violates Church doctrine.

Religion burns Obama again.  It's a problem that previously has popped up in controversies over Israel, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and even Obama's 2008 comments about people holding on to "guns and religion."  "It almost appears that every time he tries to steer clear of [the intersection of politics and religion], he steps right into it," said Susan MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida.  "He's trying not to call attention to it and then he finds himself in the middle of it."

Here's the simplest explanation:  Obama is incompetent.

Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause.  To put the point even more directly, Obama does not want the Catholic poor to procreate.  Like Planned Parenthood's twisted foundress, Margaret Sanger, Obama is a chilly eugenicist at heart who fears a backwards America "punished" by the babies of unenlightened breeders.  China boasts a one-child policy; Obama's is more like a zero-child one.  Without a universally subsidized right to sterilization, contraception, and abortion via Obamacare, his Brave New World would falter and fail to materialize.

Condoms Are Only Part Of It.  Barack Obama thought he was only picking a fight with the Roman Catholic bishops.  He thought he could limit the argument over his health care mandate to a controversy over condoms.  He's getting a bigger fight than he imagined.

Obama's Anti-Religious Implosion.  Barack Obama may have just lost the election.  He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews — Democrat, Republican and independent alike.  He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up.  They've picked it up.

Nothing but Squid Ink.  The Obama administration Friday afternoon [2/10/2012] put into federal law the very regulation that drew objections from almost 200 Catholic bishops, some 50 religiously affiliated colleges and universities, 65 North American bishops of Orthodox churches, numerous other Jewish, Evangelical and Lutheran leaders, and even some liberals — and without changing so much as a comma.

Catholic Bishops: Obama's Revised Contraception and Abortion Pill Mandate 'Unacceptable'.  We just received information about this proposal for the first time this morning; we were not consulted in advance," the United States Council of Catholic Bishops announce in a statement released Friday evening [2/10/2012].  The bishops say that the "the law and remains a grave moral concern" and is "unacceptable."

Barack's Smug Assault on Freedom of Religion Isn't Just Anti-American -- It's Unforgivable.  The Democrat's sinister cabal, in typical Marxist fashion, clumsily politicizes yet another area of American freedom.  We observe, again, the inevitable, serious-as-a-heart-attack, yet trite socialist power-grab. ... But of extreme import to Barack is reminding everyone of the god that is government, with its inherent authority and right to do whatever it likes in the lives of Americans.

Wash Post Journalist: 'Maybe the Founders Were Wrong' to Guarantee Free Exercise of ReligionWashington Post political writer Melinda Henneberger shockingly stated, Wednesday [2/8/2012], that "maybe the Founders were wrong" to guarantee religious liberty.  Henneberger appeared on Hardball to discuss the Obama administration's decision to force the Catholic Church to provide birth control in health care.

Why Dems keep stepping on healthcare landmines:  Somehow, the Democrats just can't seem to keep reproductive politics from hijacking the health care debate.  They almost lost the health reform bill a couple of times over abortion, as anti-abortion Democrats came close to derailing the bill during the 2009 House debate and then again during the final passage in 2010.  And now, the Obama administration's contraception rule has provoked such a massive fight with the Catholic Church and Republicans that it has been impossible for Democrats — or the media — to talk about anything else.

United We Stand for Religious Freedom.  Coverage of this story has almost invariably been framed as a conflict between the federal government and the Catholic bishops.  Zeroing in on the word "contraception," many commentators have taken delight in pointing to surveys about the use of contraceptives among Catholics, the message being that any infringement of religious freedom involves an idiosyncratic position that doesn't affect that many people.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Obama uses insurance companies to impose church-state mandate.  President Barack Obama says he will bypass religious groups' opposition to a health insurance mandate by directing insurance companies to hand out free birth control services to employees of religious institutions.  "Religious organizations won't have to pay for these services and no religious institution will have to provide these services directly ... but women who work at these institutions will have access to free contraceptive services, just like other women," Obama said in a brief Friday statement at the White House.  After his statement, Obama walked out of the press room without taking any questions from reporters.

Obama's Act of Tyranny.  The edict President Barack Obama passed down today [2/10/2012] — that every health-care plan in America must pay for sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions — is an act of tyranny.

Americans — Including Catholics — Will Still Be Forced to Buy Coverage for Sterilization, Contraception, Abortifacients.  President Barack Obama announced today [2/10/2012] that "religious organizations" such as charities and hospitals will not be forced by the federal government to directly pay insurance premiums that cover sterilization, contraception and abortifacients but that their insurance providers must nonetheless provide those services free of charge to women insured by those organizations.

The Editor says...
Barack H. Obama is an elected official, not a king.  He has no authority to require private businesses to give away products or services at no cost to the recipient.  President Obama should be impeached.

Obama goes Henry VIII on the church.  In essence, President Obama has embarked on the same usurpation of church authority as Henry VIII:  as his Friday morning faux-compromise confirms, the continued existence of a "faith-based institution" depends on submission to the doctrinal supremacy of the state.  "We will soon learn," wrote Dr. Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "just how much faith is left in faith-based institutions."

Obama tosses contraception under the bus.  Oh how they championed President Obama's effort to force Catholic bishops to violate church doctrine and provide contraception to their employees.  This is a run-up to making Catholics pay for abortions.

Contraception Accomodation: Who Pays For This?  If not the religious institutions... or the women... who pays for the contraceptive services?  The Obama administration claims it pays for itself...

Catholic and pro-life leaders slam White House 'compromise' on birth control mandate.  The White House announced today [2/10/2012] that, instead of forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, it will force insurance companies to offer the drugs free of charge to all women, no matter where they work.  The plan, put forward as a concession to freedom of religion, was immediately denounced by Catholic Rep. Chris Smith as fundamentally the exact same mandate.

Southern Baptist leader: If Obama mandate isn't changed, Christians will go to jail.  Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told "we will not comply" with the Dept. of Health and Human Services' mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD.  "We want the law changed, or else we're going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just like Dr. King wrote his from the Birmingham jail," Dr. Land said.

This week's grand prize for doublespeak goes to Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi: 'I am going to stick with fellow Catholics' in supporting Obama birth control mandate.  Even as the United States' Catholic bishops have launched an all-out campaign against the Obama administration's birth control mandate and urged their flocks to resistance, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has invoked the support of "fellow Catholics" to justify her position in favor of the mandate. ... The comment came as at least 164 Catholic bishops across the country, representing over 90% of the country's dioceses, have blasted the mandate, in many cases ensuring that letters were read to the faithful during Sunday Mass calling the mandate unconstitutional and unjust.

National Right to Life: Obama mandate 'scam' paves way for national abortion mandate.  President Obama's defense of his deceptive rephrasing of the birth control mandate on Friday — suggesting that insurers can provide the drugs for free because fewer children means less overall health costs — lays the groundwork for a future abortion mandate, the National Right to Life Committee has warned.

Archbishop Dolan slams Obama's birth control compromise a 'violation of our freedom of religion'.  Even with Archbishop Timothy Dolan absent from the pulpit, the flock at St. Patrick's Cathedral Sunday heard a harsh condemnation of new federal rules on birth control coverage.  Rev. Robert Bubel blasted President Obama's compromise plan and branded the drugs "poison" in a fiery homily.  "I heard someone in Congress say, birth control is medicine.  But they deleted all the lies around that statement.  Medicine is used to combat disease," he said.  "Pregnancy is not a disease.  Pregnancy is much more like a miracle than a disease.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy:  It seems that Obama, in a classic act of hubris, has created the means of his own destruction.  Through his great historical contribution, his health care bill, he has struck what was surely intended to be a lethal blow against the oldest organization on earth — an organization with something on the order of a billion members, with a cadre of hundreds of thousands of highly trained and dedicated personnel, and a history of overcoming political threats that make Obama look like a kindergartner.

Obama tries to repair breach with Catholics.  President Obama is trying to repair his relationship with Catholic voters following a policy dispute over contraceptives even as Republicans are trying to convince voters that the president has declared war on religion. ... Since winning 54 percent of the Catholic vote in 2008, the president's approval rating among Catholics had fallen to 39 percent in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.

"Squid Ink": The HHS mandate is already law.  [Scroll down]  ["]Thus, instead of delaying final regulations until they could be revised to reflect the prospective changes President Obama outlined Friday, the administration went ahead and locked into regulation its original position, accompanied by a (non-binding) promise to revisit the issue.["] ... Kinda makes Obama's protestations of "accommodation" look even more like a fraud and a lie than they already did.  Pass it on.  And while you're at it, pass this on, too:  There are no exemptions for individuals, either.

The Catholic church learns the true meaning of Obama's 'transformative' presidency.  The American Catholic Church, from left to right, is now being handed a lesson in the hierarchy of raw political authority.  One hopes they and their supporters will recognize that they have not been singled out.  The federal government's forcings routinely touch other groups in this country — schools, doctors, farmers, businesses.  The church's fight is not the whole or the end of it.

The war on life.  For weeks now, the biggest issue in the news has been the Obama administration's birth control mandate.  The mandate requires all Americans to purchase health insurance that provides birth control, abortifacients, and sterilizations.  Catholics, Orthodox Christians, many Protestants, and even some non-Christians are furious.  Suddenly, for the first time in our history, religious beliefs can make you a criminal, and the Catholics who supported and voted for Obama in 2008 feel betrayed.

Obama's Dupes: The President's Pro-Life Catholic Suckers.  On March 24, 2010, President Obama, flagged by 13 beaming pro-life Democratic members of Congress, led by Michigan's Bart Stupak, signed an executive order that he promised would prevent abortion funding in his "healthcare reform" bill.  These were the infamous "Bart Stupak Democrats" — many of them Roman Catholics — who had placed their faith not in their bishops or pro-lifers who urged them not to vote for "Obama-care," but in Barack Obama.  It was an executive order that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Right to Life, Americans United for Life,, Priests for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, and every reputable pro-life organization or leader said would be ineffective in preventing abortion funding under "Obama-care."  These pro-life Democrats, however, trusted not these lifetime fighters for life but a man who as U.S. senator had co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act, the most radical piece of pro-abortion legislation in the history of the republic...

Liberals Forced to Bare Their Teeth.  American women who don't want liberals legislating a culture of death over their families should know what's what.  Faithful Catholics who continue to vote for Democrats have to ask themselves:  what was the point of "Dagger John" Hughes, first Catholic Archbishop of New York, teaching the WASPs the time of day a century and a half ago?  What was the point of building the Catholic school system to which the nuns devoted their lives, if today's Catholics just knuckle under to a new era of anti-Catholic bigotry?  And for what are people supporting the Democrats?

Obama's epic blunder on birth-control mandate.  Before Barack Obama can defeat his opponents, he must first be rescued from his friends. ... The initial policy was a disaster.  The partial retreat was more skilled.  Obama's goal was not resolution but obfuscation.  The contraceptive mandate was shifted from Catholic employers to insurance companies.  Instead of being forced to buy an insurance product that violates their beliefs, religious institutions will be forced to buy an insurance product that contributes to the profits and viability of a company that is federally mandated to violate their beliefs.

American Catholicism's Pact With the Devil.  You have to hand it to Barack Obama.  He has unmasked in the most thoroughgoing way the despotic propensities of the administrative entitlements state and of the Democratic Party.  And now he has done something similar to the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church.

Obama Steamrolled by Catholic Church.  The secular Leftists who control the White House were steamrolled last week by the Catholic Church, and they still don't understand why.  Obama's requirement that church organizations provide contraception and abortifacients unleashed a mighty backlash from Jews, Catholics and Protestants.  Leftists fancy themselves as champions of the First Amendment, but now we know that doesn't include the free exercise of religion.

Conservatives Unite in Opposing Obama's Assault on Religious Liberty.  A sweeping alliance of fiscal, social and national security conservatives and leaders of the Tea Party movement came together on Monday [2/13/2012] to denounce the attack that President Barack Obama has launched on the free exercise of religion by ordering virtually all Americans to buy health insurance plans that pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients even if doing so forces them to act against their consciences and the teachings of their faith.

War on Obama birth control mandate grows.  A wave of conservatives, Catholic leaders, even typically media-shy nuns is building to crash on President Obama's insurance birth control mandate, raising the possibility that ObamaCare will join the economy as a top issue in the 2012 election.  On multiple fronts, foes of the president's insurance birth control demand are forming this week, some to raise money to advertise against the president's reelection campaign and others simply to plead with the White House to stay out of the church's business.

Just a Taste of a Second Obama Term.  First, he came for the General Motors bondholders, but the religious leaders were not GM bondholders, so they did not speak up.  Then he came for the oil companies, but they were not oil company executives, and again they did not speak up.  Next, he came for control of the nation's health care system, and again they saw no threat — in fact, many of them supported his plan.  We were told we had to pass the plan to ... find out what was in it.  Then he came for our freedom of religion, and we found out what was in it:  pure, unadulterated tyranny.

ObamaCare Violates Far More Than Just Catholic Rights.  The president's phony contraception compromise might be enough to convince Catholics their rights aren't being trampled.  But what about the rest of us, who face more rights violations in the name of ObamaCare?

Obama: Violating Much More than Conscience.  In his latest show Gov. Mike Huckabee was seen interviewing a Catholic priest, as they spoke, the Governor said that since the Catholics have come under attack "we are all Catholics."  The audience accepted what he said and while they knew the Governor was not referring to some giant ecumenical switch to Catholicism he was stating the obvious.  When the government suspends or denies first amendment principles to the church, be it Protestant or Catholic, we all tend to close ranks.

Mark Levin recommends 'articles of impeachment' for HHS Secretary Sebelius.  On his Monday [2/13/2012] show, radio talk show host Mark Levin, author of "Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America," said "what would happen if we were living in a functioning constitutional republic is articles of impeachment would be drawn up against the secretary of [Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius]" over a slew of charges, most recently the contraception mandate for Catholic institutions.

Bishops Reject White House's New Plan on Contraception.  The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have rejected a compromise on birth control coverage that President Obama offered on Friday and said they would continue to fight the president's plan to find a way for employees of Catholic hospitals, universities and service agencies to receive free contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans, without direct involvement or financing from the institutions.

59% of Catholics Disapprove of Obama's Job Performance.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of likely Catholic voters nationwide at least somewhat disapprove of the president's job performance, while 40% at least somewhat approve.  But the passion's on the side of those who don't like the job he's doing:  44% Strongly Disapprove versus 19% who Strongly Approve.

Poll: Catholics abandon Obama.  54% of Catholics voted for President Obama in 2008.  Now, things are different.  The Rasmussen Poll found his approval among Catholics plummeted to 40% approval, 59% disapproval.  "Republican hopeful Mitt Romney currently leads the president among Catholic voters by a 52% to 35% margin," Rasmussen reported.

The Little Sisters of Limousine Liberalism.  [Scroll down]  So let's get down to brass tacks.  How much is Sister Keehan worth for such political interventions?  The checkered Catholic hospitals Keehan represents as chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association stand to receive gobs and gobs of cash from the federal government if Obamacare holds up past 2012.  Consequently, the members of the association are more than happy to pony up huge salaries to executives skilled at manipulating the Catholic electorate for Obama.  Keehan is worth $962,467 to them in total salary and benefits, according to the Schedule J (Form 990) 2010 document sent to me by CHA.

Pelosi: Govt. Should Require Church To Pay for Birth Control.  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday morning [2/16/2012] that the government should require self-insured religious institutions, such as the Catholic church in Washington, D.C., to directly pay for contraception and abortifacients.

Mother Angelica's network isn't buying Obama's religious liberty ruse.  Don't pick a fight, the saying goes, with a man who buys ink by the barrel.  Here's a corollary for President Obama:  Don't pick a fight with an elderly, retired, cloistered nun who founded the world's largest religious media network.  That is precisely the mistake Obama made when his administration announced that religious employers like Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) would be forced to provide coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs — a violation of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Politics and the President's Pill: Are They Healthy for Women?  Announcing that insurance companies would pay for contraceptives on Friday [2/10/2012], President Obama added that doctors "put women on contraceptives as a way to prevent and reduce the risk of ovarian and other cancers."  Days earlier, Nancy Pelosi said that peoples' complaints about the contraceptive mandate and religious freedom were not the issue and emphasized that "this is about women's health."  There is an issue, though, regarding the mandate that lies beyond the grave religious and constitutional issues therein:  do contraceptives harm women's health?

Can Obama Order Grocers to Give Away Bread?  Last August, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a proposed regulation that would force virtually all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortion.  Because Obamacare mandates that all Americans must purchase health insurance, this regulation would require Catholics — whose church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are wrong — to act against the teachings of their faith.  Obama was unambiguously attacking the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Catholic bishops fight for authority over U.S. flock.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a powerful institution, at least on paper.  But a recent debate over contraception coverage has exposed a deep divide between the 271 active bishops and the rank-and-file U.S. Catholics who are supposed to follow their moral authority.  It also has raised questions about why some prominent Catholic intuitions ignore the bishops' teachings — and whether the bishops will be able to reassert their authority.

The Contraceptive Mandate's Shaky Justification.  The first thing to understand about the Department of Health and Human Services' birth-control mandate, and the last, is that it is an assault on both faithful Christians and the Constitution by leftists who consider themselves at "war" — their word — with bourgeois America.  It has nothing to do with guaranteeing access to contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients.

Catholicism and Freedom: A Moment of Truth.  The recent stand-off between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church is producing an effect that may prove to be more historically significant than the immediate battle over freedom of religion.  A problem that has been growing within the Church for decades has finally burst into the light:  the conflict between Church leaders and a significant portion of the flock on the subject of political freedom.

Communism by insurance mandate.  One theory for why Barack Obama pushed the contraception mandate right now is that it helps Rick Santorum.  Others theorize it's because Obama is an anti-religious bigot with a left-wing agenda. ... This isn't a Catholic issue or even a religious issue.  Conservatives are falling into the Democrats' trap by denouncing it as such.  It's a freedom issue.

Under the HHS Mandate, the Sisters of Life Cannot Be the Sisters of Life.  Every professed member of religious Sisters for Life take a vow "to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life."  But they cannot fully do that, according to the Obama administration.  In a statement, the Sisters explain what the HHS mandate means for them.

Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Jewish Leaders Swear Disobedience to HHS Contraception Mandate.  Would you go to jail — or even close down your hospitals and schools — rather than violate your religious faith, a Republican lawmaker asked religious leaders at a House hearing on Thursday [2/16/2012].  The answer, given under oath, was unanimous:  They will disobey.  "We're not going to violate our consciences," William E. Lori, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in response to Gowdy's question about the Obama administration's contraception mandate.

Obama's Deceptive Hidden Premises.  The most evil thing about the Obama administration's recent violation of the separation of church and state is its deceptiveness.  With his order requiring inclusion of contraception and abortifacient drugs in insurance coverage, the president is smuggling the hidden premises of NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and other supporters of abortion into U.S. law, and doing so untruthfully.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instruction attacking religious institutions such as hospitals, universities, and programs for the poor rests on four hidden premises.

At religious freedom hearing on contraception: 'This is an issue worth dying for'.  Religious leaders of different faiths stoked the national debate over contraception Thursday [2/16/2012], converging on Capitol Hill and charging the Obama administration with attempting to violate their religious freedoms.  Leaders from the Catholic, Jewish, Baptist and Lutheran faiths joined in opposition to a proposed federal mandate that would require church-affiliated employers to cover birth control in their health plans.

Obama's Real Motivation For Imposing the Contraception Mandate on the Catholic Church:  Dick Morris has an interesting theory about Obama's true motivation for the contraception mandate in his latest Lunch Alert.  Obama always has an ulterior motive, he notes — you have to read it to know how to defeat the guy.  Morris says that for Obama, the issue is not about infringing upon religious liberty — he thinks Obama's trying to replace abortion with contraception in the left/right social divide because they're losing the abortion debate.  He wants to polarize the nation to profit his reelection chances over the issue of contraception.

Every Argument In Support Of The HHS Mandate.  With a rebuttal to every one of them.

Overreach: ObamaCare vs. the Constitution.  President Obama's birth control "accommodation" was as politically successful as it was morally meaningless.  It was nothing but an accounting trick that still forces Catholic (and other religious) institutions to provide medical insurance that guarantees free birth control, tubal ligation and morning-after abortifacients — all of which violate church doctrine on the sanctity of life.

Attorneys General Threaten Lawsuit Against Obama's Contraception Mandate.  Attorneys General from a dozen states are considering a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraception mandate requiring employers to provide insurance that includes free contraception — including sterilization and drugs that can cause abortion.  Led by Nebraska's Attorney General, Jon Bruning (left), the top state lawyers issued a strongly worded letter to the administration expressing their "strong opposition" to the mandate, and warning:  "Should this unconstitutional mandate be promulgated, we are prepared to vigorously oppose it in court."

Misconception.  The problem with the contraceptive mandate is not the contraceptive part -- it's the mandate.  The new health-care law requires every employer with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with health insurance.  It also requires every American who doesn't receive health insurance through work or a government program to buy insurance themselves or face a fine.  But simply providing or buying insurance is not enough to fulfill the mandate.  The insurance must satisfy the government's definition of what qualifies as proper insurance, including a long list of benefits that the government thinks you should have.

Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee.  Offended by President Obama's decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization?  It gets worse:  In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis — and largely insulated from public view.  This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.

The Sacred Dogma of the Left.  The church's allies — evangelical Christians, Tea Partiers, and other non-Catholic conservatives — are motivated by a conviction that, theology aside, the Obamacare edict forcing the church to pay for procedures it finds morally objectionable is an unconstitutional trespass on the free exercise of religion.  But what is it that motivates those on the left?  Why do they care so deeply about the kind of insurance coverage Catholic employers provide? ... For the left, the fight isn't about social justice or the proper scope of the state.  It's about the contraceptives.  It's about sex.

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One group is concerned about upholding the Constitution and preserving freedom for future generations, while another group is primarily motivated by fornication while trying to avoid parenthood.  Which group consists of rational, sober-minded thinkers, and which group is wildly out of step with the majority of Americans?

Obama's religious bigotry.  ObamaCare passed Congress with only Democrat votes — not one Republican voted yea on one of the most expensive bills in the history of the nation.  Obama's signature effort he so proudly campaigned on and signed into law forces Catholic organizations to provide birth control and abortion-inducing drugs through their employee health insurance plans, despite the fact that it is not supported by the Catholic Church.  Such blatant religious bigotry and arrogance by the president is, predictably, enraging to Catholics and threatens to derail Obama's already-eroding support nationally.

Paul Ryan: Obama contraception ruling reveals 'paternalistic, arrogant' attitude.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday [2/19/2012] blasted the Obama administration's moves to mandate religious affiliated groups to provide contraception coverage as "paternalistic" and "arrogant."  "What we're getting from the White House on this conscience issue, it's not an issue about contraception, it's an issue that reveals a political philosophy the president is showing that basically treats our constitutional rights as if they were revocable privileges from our government, not inalienable rights from our creator," said Ryan on NBC's Meet the Press.

Pelosi, Boxer and Judas — Obama Lied At Notre Dame.  The House Minority Leader says self-insurance is no protection against the government's contraceptive mandate, while California's junior senator says people have a right to be insured but no right to practice their faith.

Death of a nation.  It was bad enough when the Congress told all citizens of this country that we did not control our own health destiny — that we either accepted the dictates of the government or would be fined accordingly.  But now, to be told that the state controls not only our medical choices but also our moral choices — that is really too much to bear.

The Left's Hatred of Religion.  This HHS controversy has me thinking that our fundamental right of religious liberty has suffered a drastic deflation in value from 1791 until now.  For that matter, how could it be otherwise in a nation where so many Americans despise religion?  Examine the rationalizations of commentators defending the Obama faux-compromise on the HHS mandate and you'll see what I mean.  Joan Walsh at Salon writes that she was raised Catholic, but has since turned into "a secular feminist liberal Democrat."

Obama's War on Religious Liberty.  Obama and the liberals have overplayed their hand.  By baring their teeth, these lackeys for the Left have awakened Democratic voters to the real contempt that liberals hold for religious values.  All 181 U.S. Catholic bishops oppose Obama's mandate, and Rasmussen polling estimates that 65 percent of Catholic Americans also oppose it.  There are about 75 million American Catholics, most of whom have traditionally been Democratic voters but wouldn't hesitate to cross party lines to defend their church leaders.

The Catholic Betrayal of Religious Freedom.  It was not surprising that ill-educated Catholics in Congress rushed to embrace President Obama's "accommodation" on the HHS mandate on sterilization and contraception (including possible abortifacients), or that the faux accommodation was defended, if risibly, by another embodiment of Catholic Lite, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  One does not look to Senator Patty Murray, or to Representative Rose DeLauro or Nancy Pelosi, or to Secretary Sebelius, to learn anything about Catholic doctrine or the history of the Church's teaching on moral issues.  Nemo dat quod non habet, as the scholastic philosophers used to say:  No one gives what (s)he does not have.

Evangelicals join Catholics in opposing birth control rule.  Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville [2/20/2012], Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reverse the mandate.

Battle lines are drawn over whether Obama is waging a war on religion.  President Obama's public clash with U.S. Catholic bishops in recent weeks over the issue of health insurance coverage for birth-control services has ignited a wider debate over whether the administration's policies such as gay marriage, abortion and employment-discrimination laws are running roughshod over religious freedom.

Why Won't Republicans Stop Obama's Arrogant, Paternalistic, Totalitarian Overreach?  I really don't understand why Republicans keep allowing Obama to usurp congressional and constitutional authority. ... Now, we have the Obama administration's outrageous contraception mandate, in which, to use Charles Krauthammer's words, "the president of the United States has just ordered private companies to give away for free a service that his own health and human services secretary has repeatedly called a major financial burden."

Obama, Not Santorum, is the Theocrat.  [Scroll down]  Obama and his unaccountable thugs in HHS declare who is and who is not a religious organization; what is and what is not permissible religious belief.  And debate is cut off.  God has spoken.  Go forth and do His will.  Those who fear a theocracy might note that it is Obama who is setting himself up as God, not Rick Santorum.

Obama's Law of Contraception.  It is not just the Catholic Church.  We will all now be forced to pay for free contraceptives for everybody — and abortion, sterilization, and anything else Il Duce decides we must pay for — through the individual and employer mandates of Obamacare.  Prepare to dig into your pocket to pay for partial-birth abortions in a second Obama term.

Commerce Is the Culture War.  If you believe that the Obama administration's decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for and offer (directly or indirectly) products the church finds morally objectionable is an assault on religious freedom and free speech, you probably also realize the importance of consumer choice.  After all, when government dictates what people buy and sell, it dictates much more.

Obama the Lawbreaker versus the Catholic Church.  It is the Obama administration that is refusing to obey the law.  The administration is the trespasser on rights.  Its people are, in fact, lawbreakers.  The law being broken is our Constitution.  The Constitution is America's paramount law, meaning that not only does it trump statutory laws contrary to it, but it supersedes any Obama administration mandate in violation of it.

Obama's More Deferential to Afghan Muslims Than American Catholics.  President Obama's decision to order Roman Catholics to act against the teachings of their faith by forcing Catholics to buy insurance that pays for sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortifacients was not made by mistake.  Obama did it with long and careful premeditation — fully understanding that the Catholic Church would (correctly) perceive the regulation as a very serious and direct attack on the free exercise of religion by Catholics.

100% of Catholic Bishops Oppose Obama's Contraceptive Mandate.  All 181 Catholic bishops in the United States oppose and have publicly denounced a regulation issued by the Obama administration that would require every health insurer to offer contraceptives, including those that induce abortion, free of charge.  The bishops oppose the mandate because, they argue, it is a violation of religious liberty under the First Amendment — in this case, the federal government forcing individual Catholics to subsidize products and services that are contrary to their religious beliefs.

Ideas Have Consequences and Obama's Have Bad Ones.  President Obama's recent attacks on religious freedom through ObamaCare have far broader implications than the immediate crisis.  The attacks not only strike at the very rights of conscience our Founding Fathers sought to protect via the First Amendment.  The threat is also due to the underlying hostility to pregnancy and children that the president encoded into federal law.

Seven states sue to block contraception mandate.  Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday [2/23/2012] to block the federal government's requirement that religious organizations offer health insurance coverage that includes free access to contraception for women.  The attorney generals of Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina jointly filed the lawsuit in a Nebraska US District Court.

Obama's Apologies.  So the president refuses to apologize for forcing Catholics to violate their religious beliefs or pay a tax penalty.  But he immediately apologizes because a few of our soldiers inadvertently violated Muslims religious beliefs by trying to dispose of already-desecrated Korans.

Obama's bad moves on infanticide come back to haunt him.  [Scroll down]  On March 30, 2001, Illinois State Senator Patrick O'Malley introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at protecting an infant who had survived an abortion outside the mother's womb. ... ["]This is essentially very simple.  The Constitution does not say that a child born must be viable in order to live and be accorded the rights of citizenship.  It simply says it must be born.  And a child who survives birth is a US citizen, and we need to do everything we can here in the state of Illinois and, frankly, in the other 49 states and in the halls of Washington, DC, to make sure that we secure or and protect those rights.  So if this legislation is designed to clarify ... and reaffirm the rights that are entitled to a child born in America, so be it, and it is constitutional.["]

President Obama's Theology: Is It Phony?  President Obama frequently professes his Christian faith and argues confidently that his policies are rooted in biblical truths.  So when his administration issued a mandate requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraception and abortion-inducing pills to their employees, conservatives demanded an explanation.  Why would someone who professes faith in God try to force Catholics to obey government over God (as they believe God to have spoken on the issue)?

A Forced Marriage of Church and State.  During the Middle Ages, the political power advantage most often lay with the Church.  Such was the power of the Church that pope Gregory VII forced Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV to stand in the snow and to kneel before the pope begging forgiveness as an act of penance for defying the Holy See.  But this time, the power advantage lies with President Obama and the executive branch, not the Catholic Church.

Is this still America?  Under the sweeping powers of Obamacare, the state has forced Catholic institutions to choose between their God and their government by demanding that they violate their own beliefs and provide birth control to their employees.  Their insulting rationalization? Most Catholic women are bad Catholics and don't follow the teachings of the church anyway.  What's more, the government has deified itself to determine which organizations are Catholic enough to be exempt.

Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag.  The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close.

Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilization-Contraception-Abortion Insurance.  The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday [2/28/2012].

Senator: HHS Reg Will Make College Pay $246M Fine to Exercise Its Religion.  Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), speaking on the House floor on Wednesday [2/29/2012] said the HHS regulation requiring free contraceptive coverage would make Creighton University pay a $246 million fine to exercise its religion.

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That's a little too much personification for my taste, although I see the Senator's point.  People have rights, and churches have rights, but can a college "exercise its religion"?

Senator: Obama's Acting Like U.S. Is USSR.  Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said Wednesday [2/29/2012] that President Barack Obama is acting like the U.S. is the Soviet Union in ordering that all health-care plans must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, but that when those plans are provided by religious institutions that have a religious objection to those things the insurance company must offer them for free.

More about President Obama's Potential as a Marxist Dictator.

Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops:
'We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It'.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday [3/2/2012] to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration's command — issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president's health-care plan — that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings of their faith by purchasing and providing health insurance plans that pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients.

Obamas Unholy Attack On Bearing False Witness.  The mix of politics and religion can be an intoxicating cocktail.  Just now you can smell the incense everywhere, from Martha's Vineyard to Washington, D.C.  For a Left that obsesses over a wall of separation between church and state, when death comes and health-care bills need rallies, there is little hesitation to break out the devotional smells and bells.  But the loss of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, one of the most prominent Catholic politicians in the United States, a leading proponent of the president's health-care-reform push, should not obscure a pivotal fact:  Barack Obama has put himself at war with the Catholic Church.

The Obama Inquisition.  Clearly, [Thomas] Jefferson was making clear to the Baptists that the "wall of separation" was designed to protect Religion from the State, not to protect the State from Religion.  President Obama shattered this two-century consensus.  He mandated that Catholics must violate their religious convictions to pay premiums for health care plans that cover contraception, abortion-inducing drugs such as Ella, and sterilization, all of which Catholic doctrine teaches to be harmful and immoral.  Those who refuse to comply will be persecuted by crippling fines.

The Obama Abomination.  President Obama gave America a preview of his warpath against organized religion and people of faith when he undid parts of a President Bush Executive Order protecting health care providers from being required to perform, participate in, or provide a medical procedure with which they had religious or moral objection.  But in the past month alone the Obama Administration has gone guns-a-blazing, full-force against both religion and the Constitution.

Obama the Apostate.  During a recent conversation about the HHS anti-conscience mandate, a friend who is neither Catholic nor particularly religious asked the following rhetorical question about the Obama administration:  Do these people know who they're messing with?  Her point, of course, was that the Church has spent nearly two millennia crushing attempts by secular rulers to dictate the way it carries out its charitable ministries.

The Left Finally Goes for the First Amendment.  The short-sighted may see Mr. Obama's 1st Amendment challenge as a botch politically, an election year goof that's going to cost Democrats in November.  That may well be, but that estimate fails to appreciate that the president and the left aren't about one election; they're about radically altering the nation — its morality, society, culture, and adherence to faith.  That's a long-term project, with its beginnings in the early 20th century.

Democrats sneak Uncle Sam into your bedroom.  Under the sweeping powers of Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is empowered to reach into our churches and direct how they will practice their religion.  Yawn.  Just another day under President Obama's authoritarian regime.

Obama Says Accusations of Waging War on Religion are "Puzzling".  President Obama when asked about the attacks from conservatives that he is waging a "war on religion" said that he finds it "puzzling," particularly because of his first job as a community organizer in Chicago, working with churches where he says he spread the "social gospel."

The Sebelius savings plan.  There's something perverse about a government $15.5 trillion in the red espousing a strategy to "save money" by discouraging the birth of human beings.  That's what Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is advocating through the implementation of President Obama's contraception mandate.

Carney to bishops: Birth control decision is final.  On Feb. 10 Obama announced a new regulation that forces religious groups to financially support activities they abhor, but that the government supports.  In particular, the president directed religious organizations to provide insurance policies that offer free contraceptives.  But "government has no place defining religion and religious ministry," said the Mar. 14 statement by the top-level administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Fights Obama War on Religion.  Yesterday [3/14/2012], the Administrative Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a public statement denouncing what it called "an unwarranted government definition of religion."  The Conference spelled out what the debate over President Obama's birth control mandate is about.

If our government can do this, what can they not do?  It's always fascinating when people on either side of a partisan divide give each other gifts.  Case in point:  President Obama's approval of a rule ordering Catholic institutions to offer insurance policies covering birth control, sterilization procedures and the morning after pill — all contrary to church teachings.  No one has fully explained why Obama took this step.

Obama and People of Faith.  In his hubris and haste, the president has tipped his hand, showing all Americans of faith just where their free exercise of religion stands in Obama's imperious new world.

Bristol calls Obama out.  Unable to run for re-election on his pathetic record of spending $5 trillion more than we have, of the worst unemployment in 30 years and the loss of not one but now two wars, President Obama must divert attention from his sorry presidency.  He embraced Rush Limbaugh's calling a 30-year-old anti-Catholic campaigner a "slut."  Bristol Palin who has been called worse called Obama on it.

Hellfire and Brimstone Straight From the Pulpit.  The announcement in January by the Obama Administration that as part of ObamaCare all employer provided healthcare insurance policies — even those of religious organizations — would have to provide contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacient drugs awoke a fervor among people of faith, particularly Catholic clerics, that had been virtually silent for at least two generations.

Obama's War on Catholic Church Began at His First Job.  One of the least explored periods of Barack Obama's life is the period between his graduation from Columbia University in 1983 and his arrival at Harvard Law School in 1988.  This was a crucial, formative time for the young Obama.  It was during these years that Barack Obama, "community organizer," forged his identity and the relationships that would bring him to the White House.  And he did so hand-in-hand with the radical Catholic left in Chicago.

Church, Sex, and Society.  The Church's present weakness hasn't escaped the Obama administration.  It is cynically exploiting the disconnect between the Church's teaching and a voting bloc called "Catholic," thereby freezing and isolating Church leadership and others who recognize the wisdom behind the Church's teaching.

Bishop: Obama following path of Hitler and Stalin.  In a homily delivered Saturday [4/14/2012], Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois challenged President Obama's HHS mandate, suggesting that the president was following the same path as Hitler and Stalin.  "Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care," Jenky said.  "In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path," Jenky added.

Will Obama Fine Catholic Institutions Into Oblivion?  "You don't want to buy it, fine.  We'll fine you into oblivion."  That, says a lawyer representing a number of Catholic institutions, is what the Obama administration will say to his clients if the federal courts do not strike down a regulation the administration has issued that requires all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

Protest by Catholic activists may hamper Obama reelection bid.  President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse.

Catholic Bishops Take on Obama.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken a bold stand for religious freedom.  In a recent statement, titled "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty," the bishops call for repeal of contraception coverage mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The clarified position sets up a dramatic confrontation with the Obama administration — and would, if the bishops prevail, help preserve the religious liberty of all Americans.

Sebelius Admits She Never Consulted the Constitution or Legal Precedent on the Abortifacient Mandate.  Watch the video, which is from hearings earlier today [4/26/2012].  Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asks the HHS secretary a simple question:  When you say that you weighed the balance of the Constitution versus the administration's contraceptive mandate, what did you mean by that?  It turns out that she meant nothing at all by that.  "Balance" is just a word that sounded good.  She did not look into past Supreme Court cases regarding religious liberty.  She did not look at any case law at all.  She did not even have any sort of legal memo drafted to back up the mandate.

Sex, Lies, and School Bus Rides.  Catholics have always offered a fatter target than, say, Methodists.  So no one should be surprised that when Obama took a stab at religion he chose anti-Catholicism as the fire-hardened tip of his spear.  He's simply following the lead of progressive ideologues, among them Supreme Court justices, who have channeled anti-Catholic bigotry to advance a big-government, secularist agenda.

Barack Obama: Tearing Catholics to Pieces.  Real leaders build up.  Barack Obama tears down.  It's what he does.  Perhaps I am biased, but I find the president's goal of splitting Catholics over their own teaching one of the worst of his divisive offenses.

Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Wuerl, Notre Dame Sue Obama Administration.  The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday [5/21/2012] that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Why the Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government .  The main goal of the mandate is not, as HHS claimed, to protect women's health.  It is rather a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda, forcing them to facilitate and fund services that violate their beliefs, within their own institutions.  The media have implied all along that the dispute is mainly of concern to a Catholic minority with peculiar views about human sexuality.  But religious leaders of all faiths have been quick to see that what is involved is a flagrant violation of religious freedom.

Dem-backed law may be downfall of Obama birth control mandate.  The biggest legal threat to the White House's birth control mandate could come from a decades-old law that was championed by liberal Democrats, according to legal experts.  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has been mentioned in nearly all of the more than 30 lawsuits pending against President Obama's administration over the mandate.

Catholics won't go quietly.  Is it really part of Obama's battleground-state strategy to disassemble Franklin Roosevelt's Democratic coalition in the middle of a tight reelection campaign?  Did he think traditional Catholics would depart quietly?  Well, they haven't.  Forty-three Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University and the archdioceses of New York and Washington, filed suit Monday [5/21/2012] in federal court to overturn the mandate.

43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate.  This is a critical moment for religious freedom in the US.  If the federal government can define religious expression, then it can control or even outlaw it.

Obama's grand miscalculation with Catholics.  The news Monday that 43 different Catholic entities across the country are suing the Obama administration, in response to the Health and Human Services' rule mandating employer health care coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, comes as a blow to the president's strength among Catholics, a demographic that helped carry him to victory in 2008.

The Mandate War.  [Scroll down]  But the debate is not only about religious institutions; it is about the rights of conscience of employers (Catholic or otherwise) whose convictions require them not to include contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilizations in the health-insurance coverage they provide their employees.  These men and women, like the numerous Catholic entities (including dioceses and educational institutions) that are self-insuring, are all put in grave legal and moral peril by the administration's intransigent determination to impose its concept of "reproductive health" on the entirety of American society — and to force those who oppose that concept to provide the very means by which the concept is imposed.

Dolan: White House is "strangling" Catholic church.  The spat between Catholic leaders and the Obama administration over its contraception policies is heating up again, with one of the nation's most prominent Catholic leaders charging that the White House is "strangling" the church over the matter.

Catholic Institutions Sue To Restore Religious Freedom.  Deciding not to go quietly into the secular night of ObamaCare, 43 Catholic institutions have sued for the right to practice what they preach and they thought the Constitution already guaranteed them.  The 43 institutions are situated in 16 jurisdictions from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., to the University of Notre Dame.

Protecting our Catholic conscience in the public square.  The lawsuit is about religious freedom.  As is the norm with such laws, the HHS mandate includes an exemption for religious organizations.  If the religious exemption in this case were reasonable, there would have been no need for this lawsuit — after all, we are indeed "religious" under any sensible definition.  But this mandate's religious exemption is the narrowest ever adopted in federal law.  For example, it doesn't include any organization that serves the general public.  So under this mandate, our Catholic hospitals, schools and social service programs, which serve all comers, are not "Catholic enough" to be allowed to follow our Catholic beliefs.

Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame.  When President Barack Obama appeared at Notre Dame in 2009 to accept an honorary law degree and deliver the university's commencement address, he did not dodge the fact that he favored legalized abortion and that Notre Dame — and the Catholic Church to which it belongs — does not.  Obama went so far as to suggest that the wholesale state-sanctioned killing of innocent human beings in their mothers' wombs was just one of those things that intelligent, well-educated people in a civilized society ought to be able to agreeably disagree about.

Catholic bishops strike back.  In January, the Obama administration hit Catholic employers with arguably the most religiously-oppressive government directive in modern American history:  Provide free abortion drugs and birth control pills in your health insurance plans, in flagrant violation of your religious beliefs, or face legal punishment.  This week the bishops of the Catholic Church hit back.  In one of the largest legal actions to defend religious liberty in U.S. history, Catholic organizations filed a dozen lawsuits across the country claiming the Obama Health and Human Services Department rule violates the right to religious freedom set forth in the U.S. Constitution.

Outrage Over 72 Hours Of Network Silence On Catholic Lawsuit Spreads To Other Christian Leaders.  Fury over the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts' continued refusal to report the lawsuits Catholic entities have filed against the Obama administration has spread beyond the Media Research Center watchdog group and Catholic leaders to 11 additional Christian leaders equally concerned about this decision to deliberately not report national news.

Jealous God Obama Attacks Rival Religions.  The University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary doctorate on Obama, despite his repeated, enthusiastic votes for infanticide.  At Obama's insistence, Georgetown agreed to cover up its cross when he spoke there, so its rival sanctity would not distract from Dear Leader's divinity.  And the Church used its influence to help ram through ObamaCare, despite the obvious threats that this legal monstrosity posed to its most basic religious freedom.  But now, with its precedent-shattering lawsuit against the federal government, the Church has decided that no more of Obama's tyranny can be borne.  And 60 million Catholic Americans are now forced to choose:  are they with Obama or with the Church?

Supreme Court Revives Notre Dame's Appeal In Contraception Case.  Last February, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago backed a lower court's ruling that dismissed Notre Dame's request for an injunction against the rule.  But on Monday [3/9/2015], the Supreme Court said it's sending the case back to the 7th Circuit, "for further consideration in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc." — last summer's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.  The Roman Catholic school had sued the Obama administration over the requirement, saying a compromise that was meant to put insurance companies instead of religious institutions in charge of contraception coverage was not acceptable.

White House Unsure if Obama's For or Against Banning Sex-Selection Abortions.  The White House does not yet know whether President Barack Obama is for or against banning sex-selection abortions.  Asked on Wednesday [5/30/2012] about where the president stands on a bill proposed in the House that would ban abortions based on the gender of the unborn child, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he would have to check.

The Editor asks...
How could the chief White House spokesman not know the answer to a question like this?

Catholics! Fight! Fight! Fight!  Fighting Obamacare is a hard job but somebody's got to do it.  Today, Catholics are doing it.  Their lawsuits will help protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans.  So, even if you're not a Catholic, you need to support this legal fight.  And, if you are a Catholic, prepare your shield, because you are marching into battle.

Catholic bishops say fight with Obama is over freedom of religion.  Stung by criticism that they are engaging in partisan attacks in a presidential campaign, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops insisted Wednesday [6/13/2012] that their fight with President Obama has nothing to do with party politics or contraception, and everything to do with what they see as a fundamental assault on religious liberty.  The bishops did not shrink from attacking the administration in a dispute that has become their signature issue, one involving what Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton called "the most serious intrusion of government that we have ever experienced."

Obama ignites Catholic backlash over mandate.  With prayer and calls to Congress, Catholics are mounting a massive 14-day campaign to force the administration to withdraw its health care mandate on religious institutions.

Rep. Steve King Says Obama Is Governing Like a 'King'.  Pointing to the Health and Human Services regulation that will require virtually all health care plans to cover sterilization, artificial contraception and abortifacients for free, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that President Barack Obama is governing like a "king."

Preserving Our Pledge of Allegiance.  [Scroll down]  The president's goal, executed through his HHS contraception edict, of splitting Catholics over their own teaching is one of the worst of his divisive offenses.  As just a crass political move, the sowing of such discord is a manipulative, inappropriate, and awful use of the office of the president of the United States.

I Called the DOJ Today — So Should You!  You see, it was all over the news yesterday that the DOJ had set up a special hotline number and an email address to report potential civil rights violations by the government! [...] No.  I am not an illegal alien.  But if the government has its way, I am soon to be an illegal Catholic.  This because I refuse to be intimidated by and to comply with government agencies that try to force me to buy things the violate my religious beliefs.

Religious Freedom Under the Gun.  The State Department recently announced that it was dropping coverage of religious freedom from its annual Human Rights Report.  The declared reason:  to avoid duplicating coverage available in the annual Report on International Religious Freedom.  There may be other reasons.  Given the Obama administration's consistent downgrading of religious freedom at home and in foreign policy, this move may be part of a larger reprioritization in human rights policy in favor of the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

President Obama Promotes a Catholic Schism.  A note in last week's collection basket explained the parishioner's offering was going to the Obama re-election campaign instead of to God.  It's a true story from a local Roman Catholic Parish and I expect it isn't isolated.  In a human moment the priest delivering the homily assured us God wasn't likely intimidated by President Obama's sudden windfall.  The Obama campaign could surely already afford to "go negative" when it comes to the Almighty.  Perhaps a note of reply could be sent to the liberal parishioner:  God is undefeated.

Phyllis Schlafly: For Obama, 'no higher power' than government.  Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly told a group of reporters at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday [7/24/2012] that President Barack Obama believes that loyalty to government trumps even loyalty to God.  She cited the mandates set forth by the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy as two examples of where she said the president has put government ahead of the institution of religion.  "He seems to want to get rid of religion in any public place — a public school, or a public institution — and to keep it behind the four walls of your own church," Schlafly said.

Another Obamacare Mandate Runs Afoul of the Courts.  If the supporters of Obamacare thought its legal troubles were over after the recent Supreme Court ruling, they learned otherwise last week. [...] Still, it is significant because it is the first such order against the contraception mandate and it protects a family-run enterprise whose owners merely seek to operate their company in a way that reflects their religious beliefs.

Pelosi's New Archbishop Warns: America Could Be Moving Toward 'Despotism'.  Recent government attacks on religious liberty have made him fear the United States might be headed toward "despotism," the newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco — a city represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — warned in a recent speech.  "When I saw what was happening and my eyes were opened, it made me fear that we could be starting to move in the direction of license and despotism," the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone said at a May 24 conference on religious liberty at the Ethics in Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Obamacare Now Forces Some Americans to Violate Their Religious Beliefs.  Today [8/1/2012] is the day when the Obamacare mandate forcing employer-provided health insurance plans to provide "free" abortion pills, contraception, and sterilizations kicks in.  Most religious charities, hospitals, and universities have been granted a one-year reprieve from the mandate.  "In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences," as Cardinal Timothy Dolan put it in January when the administration decided there would be no exception for religious institutions that employ or minister to people other than coreligionists.

Obama's Coercive Secular State.  The absence of free contraceptives, abortifacients, STD testing, and sterilizations, among other Sebelius-decreed "essential" services, constitutes a "war on women," says President Obama.  "It's a scary time to be a woman," warbles a stooge in one of his campaign ads.  Obama's arrogance is bottomless.  Even as he violates the freedom of the religious — reducing them to the status of serfs in his planned secularist and socialist state — he has the gall to cast them as the victimizers.

Obama's Poison Pill.  What does back-to-school season have to do with the "contraception rule" from the White House?  The very existence of some schools is threatened, now that the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs has gone into effect.  Hadley Heath, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women's Forum, points to Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb., which has sued the federal government.  The school's administrators are "arguing that Pius X would be forced to choose between compliance and shutting its doors entirely," says Heath.  "The Obama administration shouldn't be in the business of reducing choices for the 5-plus million students who are currently attending religious K-12 schools."

Obama at Iftar Dinner: 'Of All Rights We Hold Sacred, Foremost Is Freedom of Religion'.  President Barack Obama — whose administration is being sued by multiple Catholic dioceses, universities, charities and family-owned businesses for violating their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion — told a group of Muslims dining at the White House on Friday [8/10/2012] that freedom of religion is "foremost" among the God-given rights of man and that he intends to defend it both within the United States and abroad.

More about Obama and the Muslims.

Baptists vs. Sebelius.  Last week, the Obama administration did it again.  In a new bulletin, the Department of Health and Human Services implied that there are more faith-based entities who can apply for a "safe harbor" from its controversial "contraception" mandate.  "Every time the administration opens its mouth it changes its rules to attack religious freedom in a different way," Matt Bowman, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom says of the bulletin.  "Washington bureaucrats have no business continually picking and choosing what faith is and who is allowed to practice faith," he continues.

Obama's dark side.  At the root of liberalism's empty sentiments is the reality that the state can't control an uncertain world and solve all of our problems.  At some point, a higher power comes into play.  That's why our money has "In God We Trust" stamped on it.  Instead of embracing the moral foundation of America, the Obama government is pursuing all-out religious persecution.  The most direct threats at the moment are the provisions in Obamacare that force religious institutions to provide abortion, contraception and other services against the dictates of their faith.

Obama Catholic Support Cut In Half.  In 2008 Barack Obama carried 54% of the Catholic vote.  Today only 27% of Catholics support Obama.  There are over 77 million Catholics in the United States.

Trashing the Constitution.  Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, so I compiled a non-exhaustive list of the ways Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. [...] [For example,] Violating religious freedom.  Mr. Obama's Department of Health and Human Services ignored the First Amendment by issuing a Soviet-style order to Catholic and other faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide insurance covering abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations.

Excommunication Should Be the Church's Next Option.  Although I may not be the best Catholic I can be, at least I know my religion.  It drives me crazy when politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, VP Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who consider themselves Roman Catholics express such ignorance of its dogma.  I blame their pastors for continuing to serve them in spite of their public heresy promoting issues that are against Church doctrine.  But it is also very unnerving to hear President Obama twist Christian ideology to suit his campaign rhetoric.

Catholic Ethicists: Immoral For Catholic Business Owners to Obey Obamacare.  The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published an analysis saying that it will be immoral for a Catholic who owns a private business to purchase health insurance for his or her workers under Obamacare and its implementing regulations — which mandate that insurance plans bought by businesses and individuals must cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.

Catholic group: Federal agency violates religious freedom of colleges.  A Catholic education group alleges that a federal agency has interfered in labor relations between Catholic universities and their faculty, jeopardizing religious liberty.  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board forced one of the schools, Duquesne University, to hold a vote on allowing faculty to unionize — in violation of the First Amendment, according to Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.  "What the Supreme Court has said is the very fact of the NLRB getting involved in these personnel issues is going to entangle the NLRB, a federal agency, in religious issues," Reilly said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Attacking the church of the Left.  Mass-attending Catholics rightly perceive that President Obama launched a direct attack on their church.  Their bishops have informed them.  Evangelicals and other people of faith have mobilized to support Catholics against the Obamacare regulations that will oblige Catholic hospitals, schools and human welfare agencies to close rather than provide the morning-after pill, sterilization, and other drugs and procedures prohibited by Catholic doctrine.  Catholics are angry, and they will vote that anger in key swing states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado.

Black Christians: Shame! Shame! Shame!  Massive governmental controls hidden in ObamaCare include forcing Christian institutions to fund abortion services against the teachings of their faith.  Think about that: the federal government demanding that Christians betray their biblical beliefs.  Forty Catholic groups are fighting back by suing the Obama administration.

Joe Biden, 'Practicing Catholic'.  Like many liberals, whether it's a game of constitutional Twister or flexible religious creed, Joe fashions his faith to accommodate his personal beliefs.  Therefore, the vice president and the enthusiastically pro-abortion Barack Obama both feel comfortable calling themselves Christian.  Mr. Biden identifies with Roman Catholicism but doesn't let that identity get in the way of his support of policy that directly contradicts church teaching on the sanctity of life.

Catholic Bishops Call Biden A Liar On ObamaCare.  The leaders of the vice president's church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act's threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services.

In new ad, Biden boasts he is a 'practicing Catholic'.  In a new ad for 'Catholics for Obama,' Vice President Joe Biden boasts he is a "practicing Catholic" and explains that Obama's platform matches his understanding of Catholic doctrine.

Judge backs Catholic firm over contraception mandate.  A Catholic-owned family business in Michigan does not have to comply with the provision of the new U.S. healthcare law that requires private employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers birth control, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled.

Catholic Bishop: Joe Biden 'Ought Not to Be Receiving Communion'.  Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, who holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, says that Vice President Joe Biden should know that he ought not to receive communion.

Obama's Unprecedented Collapse Among Catholic Voters Puts Midwest in Play.  Yesterday [10/31/2012], the Romney campaign told reporters that it expected to win at least some of the "blue states" in which it is now competing with Obama in the Midwest, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  The campaign did not give a specific reason for its optimism, but one thing these states have in common is a high proportion of Catholic voters.  And Catholic voters have shifted dramatically towards Mitt Romney.

Green Bay Bishop Warns "Cafeteria" Catholics.  Bishop David Ricken of the Catholic Diocese in Green Bay, Wisconsin has been roundly criticized for saying in a letter to his flock, that they could jeopardize their souls by voting for pro-abortion political candidates, as well as other issues considered non-negotiable aspects of faith.  Ricken, along with other Roman Catholic bishops across the U.S.A., are taking a stand against political positions that are characterized as intrinsically evil.  Far from imposing a theocracy on society, Bishop Ricken is connecting the dots that have been obscured under the iron boot of ridicule and political correctness.  Ricken spells out that it is dangerously hypocritical for individuals to compartmentalize between political and moral issues.

Obama Appeases Muslims, Offends Catholics.  While Obama thinks we should bend over backwards for Islamism to practice whatever 7th century idiocy it imposes, including female mutilation and Sharia Law, which judges the testimony of a woman half as worthy as that of a man, he imposes policy that offends and curtails the ability of Catholics to practice their religion as they see fit.

Obama: Snuffing out religious freedom.  The liberal assault on religious freedom paints a target on the backs of all people of faith.  The 2012 election presents a stark choice between pro-life candidates and those who support the murder of the unborn and who believe government dictates should rule over the minds, hearts and souls of Americans.

Re-elected, Obama takes aim at religious liberty.  As an old saw has it, "your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose."  The Obama administration says your right to live as a Christian ends if you go into business.  Democrats are crowing about a second Obama term, and the Left's culture-war troops are emboldened by their trouncing of social conservatives.  Religious conservatives need to plant their spears and brace for the coming federal assault on religious liberty.

Catholic bishops pledge defiance on HHS mandate.  If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama's favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB's unity yesterday [11/13/2012] had to be a bit disappointing.

Conference of Catholic Bishops on HHS Mandate: We Will 'Not Obey What We Consider to Be Immoral'.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says the Roman Catholic Church will continue to resist the Obama administration requirement that religiously affiliated hospitals, charities and colleges provide health insurance covering sterilization, contraception and abortifacients.

Disobey The Mandate.  The requirement of the Health & Human Services mandate to force employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control and abortions — without question — violates the conscience and deeply held beliefs of committed Christians and pro-life voters.  The administration, assuming they have a "mandate," believe now is the time to enforce THE mandate.  Never mind that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops felt so assaulted by the requirement that they hauled the Obama administration into court.  Never mind that dozens of additional faith-based institutions have joined the cause.  Never mind that President Obama's most loyal base — African American church goers — violently disagree with the plank, the administration presses ahead.

White House Thanksgiving ceremony:
Barack Obama's open mockery of the Sign of the Cross.  Obama, who is left-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. [...] Obama departed from the usual "presidential pardon" granting the turkey a "special dispensation" in words as he twice made his left-handed Sign of the Cross.  There were lots of giggles from the two Obama daughters and lots of gobbling from the turkey recorded during the ceremony now on YouTube.

Dividing Catholics from their church.  "Catholicism teaches that it is a sin to use, provide, or otherwise support contraception."  These words are not from the Catholic Catechism or a sermon by a Catholic bishop.  They are excerpted from the preliminary injunction U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued last month. [...] The judge stated the Catholic teaching on contraception as an undisputed fact of the case Weingartz v. Sebelius.  The Obama administration is not arguing that the Catholic Church does not actually teach this, but rather that the administration has the authority to tell Americans they can no longer practice Catholicism.

New York Judge Slaps Down Obama Justice Department.  The Obama administration has been consistently arguing, since announcing a year's grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the HHS mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy.  That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending.  And that they are not just from Catholics.

Obamacare could drive Little Sisters of the Poor out of the US.  A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare's impact on its charitable operations.  The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare's healthcare mandate.  The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities.

Can Little Sisters Be Saved From ObamaCare?  A federal appeals court has reinstated lawsuits from two religious colleges against the HHS contraception mandate, saying promises to rework it aren't enough.  Can a group of nuns helping the poor be protected?

Bishops won't be Obama's pawn.  Good for the Catholic bishops.  About a week ago, with much fanfare, Team Obama announced a "compromise" to the contraceptive mandate it aims to impose on employers.  Thursday [2/7/2013], the bishops said they've seen the offer and it doesn't amount to much:  The administration's highly restrictive view of what qualifies as a religious ministry still puts Catholic universities, charities and hospitals at risk.

Bishops to Administration: You Can't Force Lay Catholics to Act Against Faith.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Thursday [2/7/2013] signaling to the Obama Administration that the bishops will not make a separate deal to exempt Catholic institutions from an Obamacare mandate that requires health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that leaves lay Catholic business owners and individual employees still subject to the mandate.

Catholic Bishops To Obama — See Ya In Court.  Catholic bishops reject the Obamacare iteration on forced contraceptive coverage.

America's new government-imposed religion.  Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close their doors in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., because their religious beliefs about marriage were deemed unacceptable by their jurisdictions.  A graduate student in Michigan was expelled from a counseling program because her religious beliefs about marriage were deemed unacceptable by school officials.  Christian pharmacists in Illinois were told to find other professions because their religious beliefs regarding when life begins were deemed unacceptable by the state.

Pro-Abort Biden on Election of Pope: 'Catholic Church Plays an Essential Role in My Life'.  After the election of Pope Francis I on Wednesday [3/13/2013], Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement talking about the importance of Catholicism to him personally and how much he is looking forward to working with the pope.  As vice president, Biden has advanced causes directly contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church — favoring, for example, the legalized killing of children in the womb and legalized same-sex marriage.

Outsourcing the Poor.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, secular liberals, opinion leaders, and the news media want to remove the Catholic Church as a moral obstacle to abortion, homosexual marriage, and other liberal goals.  They embrace Islam, although Muslims also oppose abortion, homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  They oppose the Catholic Church because Catholics oppose abortion, homosexuality, and homosexual marriage.  Thinking things through has never been a liberal strength.

Catholic Bishops to GOP House: Repeal Obamacare Reg in CR or Other 'Must-Pass' Bill.  The Catholic bishops of the United States are asking the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to do something concrete and effective — rather than merely symbolic — to repeal a regulation the administration has issued under Obamacare that will force Catholics and other Christians to act against their faith in purchasing or providing health-care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Somewhat related:
State Dept. 'Would Take Very Seriously' Request to Monitor Papal Elections.  The State Department said on Friday [3/15/2013] that the U.S. government "would take very seriously" a request from the Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) that it monitor the papal election in the Vatican.  Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said she did some "digging" on this issue following Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee's question on Thursday regarding whether the Obama administration believed that the election of Pope Francis had met international standards.

An Extreme Position on Extremism.  The Defense Department came under fire Thursday [4/4/2013] for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as "extremist" religious groups alongside al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.  The presentation detailed a number of extremist threats within the U.S. military, including white supremacist groups, street gangs, and religious sects.

Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists.  A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.  "We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups," said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.  "It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization."

White House fights Catholic Church subpoena on birth control.  The Obama administration has gone to court to try to block a subpoena from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York seeking White House documents about the government's requirement of insurance coverage for birth control.

Don't Fire Until You See The Whites of Their Cassocks.  When I first saw the headline, I assumed it must all be a little less obviously bone-crushingly stupid or at any rate more nuanced once you got into the story.  But I invite you to look at the accompanying poster for the Equal Opportunity training brief issued by the Army Reserve in Pennsylvania.  It lists "extremist" groups, starting with "Evangelical Christianity" at Number One, "Al Quaeda" (misspelled under any Roman rendering of Arabic) at Number Five, "Hamas" at Six, and "Catholicism" rounding out the Top Ten.

Somewhat related:
Thou Shalt Not be Catholic.  It was prescience, not paranoia, that prompted some social commentators to predict that gay activism would become the principle threat to religious freedoms in America.  A recent incident at George Washington University provides the latest confirmation.  In 2010, the University of Illinois fired a Catholic professor who taught courses on Catholicism in the school's religion department after a student accused him of hate speech because the professor affirmed what the Catholic Church taught about homosexual practice.

German home-schooling family fights to stay in US.  While the White House and many lawmakers push to grant legal status to immigrants who crossed the border illegally, the Romeike family thought they followed the rules — but now face deportation.  They are devout Catholics who emigrated from Germany in 2008 to home school their six children in Tennessee.  As Uwe Romeike told Fox News, it is illegal to do that in Germany.

The Editor says...
The government allows millions of unwelcome people to sneak across the Mexican border, then rewards them with food stamps.  The Romeike family came to America seeking freedom, and Barack H. Obama and his evil minions want to throw them back over the fence.  This is just one more anti-Catholic decision Obama has made, and there will be many more.

Noted Catholic Scholar Claims IRS Audit Triggered by Criticism of Obama.  Anne Hendershott, an eloquent opponent of the Obama administration, states that she has reason to believe she was targeted by the IRS for an audit following publications that were critical of President Obama and Catholics who supported him.

More about the use of the IRS as a weapon.

Obama remarks about Catholic schools spark new fight with church.  President Obama's remarks on Catholic schools during his trip to Northern Ireland this week have sparked an unexpected uproar, with critics accusing him of diminishing religious education.  The backlash, which has grown steadily since Mr. Obama made the comments Monday, once again has put the commander in chief at odds with the Roman Catholic Church, which is fighting a provision in the president's health care law that requires religious institutions to provide free birth control for their employees.

Catholics, Southern Baptists unite against Obamacare contraception mandate.  America's Catholic bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention joined forces on Friday [6/21/2013], calling on Congress to pass bills that would exempt companies and nonprofits from the contraception insurance coverage mandate in President Obama's health care law.

Obama Divides, Not Catholic Education.  According to the President of the United States of America — a nation which was founded on the principle of religious liberty — religious schools encourage division, fear, and resentment. [...] As is often the case, Obama begins his process of undermining faith, the Constitution — whatever — by speaking to young people, hoping to divide them from those who will hand down the traditions and the culture to them.  In truth, it is Obama — not faith or the Church — who is the Great Divider, the promoter of class warfare, envy, racism, etc.

Obama Catholic schools flap: Did he really call for end of religious schools?  Some critics say that remarks President Obama made on a visit to Northern Ireland this week amount to an assault on schools run by religious sects.  But Obama also has defenders on this one — including some within the Roman Catholic Church.

Feds to 'redesign' public schools as Obama attacks Catholic education.  To all conservative Common Core supporters who claim the initiative is state-led, please pay attention.  And to all liberals who support parochial schools, you might want to pay attention, too.  On June 7, the federal Department of Education announced its plan to "redesign" all government high schools in America.

Obama's Final Word: Catholics Must Buy/Provide Coverage for Abortion Drugs.  The Department of Health and Human Services today released the final text of the final adjustments to the Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health-care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.  Catholics and Evangelical Christians have objected to the regulation, arguing that it violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.  The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, contraception and abortion are all intrinsically immoral.  Evangelical Christians believe that abortion takes an innocent human life and is thus wrong.

Obamacare Regulation Effectively Bars Catholics from Owning Health Insurance Companies.  The final version of Obamacare's "preventive services" regulation that the Department of Health and Human Services published on Friday discriminates against faithful members of the Roman Catholic Church by effectively barring them from owning and operating health-insurance companies.

Rhode Island Bishop Switches Voter Registration from Dem to GOP.  After more than 40 years as a Democrat, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence told a group of students that he has changed his party affiliation in light of the state and national Democratic party's recent policies.  "I just said I can't be associated structurally with that group, in terms of abortion and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex-marriage agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on," Bishop Thomas Tobin said at a state Young Republicans meeting on Tuesday night [8/13/2013].  "I just couldn't do it anymore."

The President's Disdain for His Oath.  Straying from the Constitution will lead only to national decline.  Have we begun that decline already?  Not yet.  But today, we must defend the Constitution from all-out attacks by courts, legislators and regulators.  Just ask Holy Cross Hospital, which will be forced by Obamacare to hire an insurer that will provide tubal litigation and abortifacients to their employees, in clear violation of their constitutionally protected freedom of religion.

ObamaCare's Mandate To Shut Down Little Sisters Of The Poor.  A group of nuns dedicated to caring for the elderly poor is suing to prevent an uncaring administration from shutting down their compassionate order over their refusal to obey the contraception mandate.  There is no clearer or sadder example of the Obama administration's war on the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty than the demand by the Department of Health and Human Services to violate their religious consciences or pay heavy fines.

Obama Prohibits Practice of Catholicism in U.S.  Beginning now, with the opening of government-run health-insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama will be prohibiting American Catholics from practicing their faith in the way they live their daily lives.  This is an act of tyranny.  Yet, many Americans in positions of public authority and influence have greeted it with silence and inaction.  I do not use the word tyranny lightly here.  Obama is abusing his power as president to unilaterally impose on Catholics — and millions of other Americans who share the Catholic moral view on certain matters — a regulation that forces them to act against their moral convictions and the teachings of their faith.

Some Catholic Priests Risk Arrest If They Offer Mass on Military Bases During Shutdown.  Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer the Catholic sacraments — including saying Mass, consecrating marriages, or performing baptisms — on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.  About 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, some 275,000 service members, but there are only 234 active-duty priests.

In Obama's America Priests Can Be Arrested for Saying Mass.  The general counsel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, an independent archdiocese established by Pope John Paul II in 1985, has advised that if priests under government contract offer Mass or perform weddings, baptisms and other religious functions on military bases during the government shutdown, they could be arrested.  They aren't even allowed to openly practice their religion.  They can't even volunteer.

Ignoring the Constitution.  There are only 234 active-duty commissioned military chaplains to care for 275,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who profess the Catholic faith.  It's not nearly enough, so the military services employ priests on contract to perform Sunday services, weddings and baptisms on base.  No federal funds are used, and these priests would gladly perform these duties voluntarily during the government shutdown, but they are prohibited from doing so.

Military chapel closed in Georgia: 'Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice'.  Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest who serves a Georgia military base, was not allowed to celebrate mass at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay this weekend.  "Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice," a sign posted on the chapel said.

Obama Administration Prohibits Kennedy Family from Practicing Catholicism.  A year ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a "preventive services" regulation under Obamacare.  This regulation requires almost all health care plans to cover, without fees or co-pay, sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.  The U.S. Catholic bishops unanimously condemned this regulation as a "violation of personal civil rights" and an "illegal and unjust mandate."  Many Catholic bishops declared: "We cannot — we will not — obey this unjust law."

Obama To Catholic Troops During Shutdown: No Mass!  Federal closure threatens to bar priests not on active duty from conducting services on military installations or from ministering on base, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so. [...] Catholic soldiers killed in battle might not even have a priest available to give the last rites of their church as even the religious freedoms they fought to protect are sacrificed by a petulant president who has the power to set priorities with the stroke of an executive order pen but refuses to do so.

Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown.  Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday [10/14/2013] in federal district court in Washington, saying he "wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge... but has been told that he is subject to arrest if he does so."

Lawsuit: Gov't Engaged in 'Conscious Political Strategy to Marginalize and Delegitimize' Catholic 'Religious Views'.  The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is arguing in a new lawsuit that the Obama administration is engaged in a "conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize" Catholic "religious views on contraception by holding them up for ridicule on the national stage."

Alabama joins EWTN in new lawsuit against Obamacare contraception mandate.  EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a new lawsuit Monday, Oct. 28, in federal court against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other federal agencies, seeking to stop the government from imposing the HHS contraception mandate, which it says is unconstitutional.

Michelle Obama: 'We Want to Honor and Embrace All... Faith Traditions'.  At a White House Diwali celebration on Tuesday afternoon [11/5/2013], First Lady Michelle Obama said that she and her husband wanted to celebrate all the faith and culture traditions 'that make us who we are as Americans."  Even as she was saying this, there were 200 plaintiffs pursuing 77 lawsuits asking federal courts to protect their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion from a regulation issued by the administration under Obamacare that requires health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs and devices.

Federal Appeals Court Delivers 'Significant Victory' for Catholics Fighting HHS Mandate.  In a 2-1 ruling on Friday [11/8/2013], a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the rights of both individuals and companies to challenge Obamacare's contraception-abortifacient-sterilization mandate.  It is the first decision of its kind in the ongoing litigation against the requirement that all employers — despite their deeply held religious beliefs — must arrange and pay for employee health insurance that covers no-cost contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, under penalty of fine.

U.S. Pulls Embassy Out of the Vatican.  Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome.  The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.

ACLU sues US bishops over Catholic hospital ethics.  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.  The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan accusing the bishops of being negligent for barring certain treatments or the mention of the treatments such as abortion.

Another Victory Against HHS Mandate "Accommodation".  In a carefully reasoned opinion issued today, federal district judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York ruled that various Catholic nonprofit institutions that were the supposed beneficiaries of the Obama administration's phony accommodation on the HHS contraception mandate are entitled to permanent injunctive relief against enforcement of the HHS mandate.  (The case is styled Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius.)

Obamacare smackdown.  Yet another federal jurist has determined the White House unlawfully infringed on religious freedom with its blinkered insistence that Obamacare health insurance policies must be identical, no matter what.  Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan rebuked the administration for ordering two New York Catholic high schools — Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx and Monsignor Farrell on Staten Island — to provide contraception and sterilization coverage to employees.  Standing for American tradition, Cogan also neatly exposed as a sham the Obama administration's scheme to pretend the government was not compelling faith-based organizations, such as the high schools, to violate their core beliefs.

Religious Liberty Triumphs Over ObamaCare.  The Obama administration's effort to force religious organizations and employers to pay for services that violate their beliefs largely provided the basis for the presidential reelection campaign's faux "war on women" talking point. [...] But the legal battle over the fate of the Health and Human Services Department mandate in the courts is not going quite so well for the president.  Yesterday, the administration received its sternest judicial rebuke yet as the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York granted a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the mandate against four nonprofits operated by the Catholic Diocese of New York.

FW SB Catholic Diocese gets relief from contraception mandate.  A federal judge in South Bend has provided some last minute relief to a host of Catholic entities across northern Indiana.  A preliminary injunction blocks enforcement of the so-called "contraceptive mandate" in the federal government's Affordable Care Act.  As a result, the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne now has what the University of Notre Dame was denied:  Court ordered protection for employees from the contraception mandate due to take effect January 1st.

Why some Catholics think Obama is master of deception.  Lest people forget, passage of the Affordable Care Act happened in part because Obama struck a deal with a single Catholic holdout:  Bart Stupak, D-Michigan. Stupak agreed to vote for the bill in exchange for an executive order protecting conscience rights and preserving the Hyde Amendment's ban on the use of federal funds for abortion.  Stupak had insisted on an amendment.  Instead, he took the President's word.  The President turned around and stuck in the knife:  He used the ACA to mandate that all employers, regardless of religious objection, pay for and provide what many of us in the anti-abortion movement consider abortion drugs in their health care plans.

Priests for Life on Staten Island gains temporary reprieve from Obamacare mandate.  An emergency injunction granted on New Year's Eve in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit means that Priests for Life in New Dorp need not obey the Obamacare contraception mandate during the appeals process.  Priests for Life will not have to cancel health insurance for its employees, as the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, had threatened.  Father Pavone expressed gratitude that his organization does not face steep fines for the mandate which went into effect on Wednesday as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Adminstration says Colo. nuns do not need injunction against health law provision.  The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Friday [1/3/2014] that a group of Colorado nuns does not need protection from the new health-care law's provision providing contraceptive coverage for employees because the group can easily exempt itself from the requirement.  The government asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift the temporary injunction she issued New Year's Eve for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides services to the elderly.

Administration to high court: Don't exempt Catholic groups from contraception mandate.  The Obama administration on Friday [1/3/2014] asked the Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from an ObamaCare requirement to offer contraceptive coverage, after the high court gave them a temporary reprieve earlier this week.  The court filing comes in response to a surprise order — issued shortly before coverage under the law went into effect — by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  The justice issued a stay late Tuesday preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged.

Obama: Yes to Terrorism Abetter, No to Little Sisters of the Poor.  After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this:  the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion.  Isn't this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the "political prisoners" and harass the deeply religious?  President Obama's supporters say he's not out to get the Little Sisters of the Poor.  To escape federal punishment that threatens to end to their charitable work they need only sign a piece of paper.  But that's also how it worked in Communist states.  There too, the persecuted could sometimes get the government off of their back by signing away their principles.

Little Sisters of the Government.  This week Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an unusual injunction merely hours before the Affordable Care Act's birth-control mandate was supposed to apply to an order of Catholic nuns.  The Justice Department replied on Friday [1/3/2014], and the Administration's disdain for religious conscience still retains the power to shock.

DOJ: Nuns have 'no legal basis' to contest birth control mandate.  The Justice Department on Friday [1/3/2014] urged Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to stop blocking the Obamacare mandate forcing organizations to provide insurance plans that include contraceptives, arguing that a religious group contesting the law did not have a complaint.  Just before Jan. 1, Sotomayor issued an injunction on behalf of Catholic nuns in Colorado who objected to the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, claiming it violates their religious beliefs.  Her decision at least temporarily exempts the Colorado group from the mandate in lieu of a more far-reaching Supreme Court decision on the contraception rules.

Dump the Contraception Mandate (and the Rest of Obamacare).  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) mandates not only that employers provide comprehensive medical insurance to their full-time employees, but also that the coverage include contraceptives — at no cost to employees.  Because contraceptives are not found free in nature and insurance companies are for-profit businesses, not charitable foundations, this means that the explicit expense must be borne by employers.

Establishing a U.S. State Religion.  Government enforcement of the religion of statism, which includes the belief in the supreme higher power and authority of an absolute State, is nowhere more apparent than in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Whatever the eventual fate of the sisters, their case is an example of our administration trying to force state religion down the throats of Christians. [...] But now the quiet sisters have taken a stand, refusing to obey the Affordable Health Care mandate to include abortioninducing drugs as part of the insurance policies offered to the orders' employees.

Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary injunction, so they do not have to violate their religious beliefs by offering health insurance that covers contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs.  The Obama Administration, however, is asking the Supreme Court to force the nuns to obey the contraception mandate.

Obamacare overreach tramples Little Sisters: Our view.  When the Obama administration picked a fight with Catholics and other religious groups over free birth control coverage for employees, sooner or later it was bound to end up doing battle with a group like the Little Sisters of the Poor.  And sure enough, the administration is now stuck arguing that it is justified in compelling nuns who care for the elderly poor to assist in offering health insurance that they say conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Obama — free exercise of religion is under attack.  When the Framers were putting together the Constitution in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, they knew the states would not adopt it without written guarantees that the new central government would respect natural rights.  The supporters of the Constitution promised political leaders in the states that the written guarantees would soon be added as amendments, and they were.  By late 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified and added to the new Constitution.  The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to assure all in America that their natural rights — areas of human choices for which a permission slip from the government cannot be required and in which the government cannot coerce compliance with its wishes — would not be impaired by the federal government.

Supreme Court Extends Injunction for Catholic Nuns Against Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate.  The U.S. Supreme Court today issued an injunction protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who help the elderly and infirm, from having to comply with the Obamacare mandate on contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs until their case is fully heard at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The injunction was issued by the entire Supreme Court although Justice Sonia Sotomayor is mentioned by name because she is the point person for emergency requests from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court sides with religious group in Obamacare appeal.  A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday will enable a religious-affiliated non-profit and other groups like it to remain temporarily exempt from Obamacare requirements to cover birth control and other reproductive health they oppose on moral grounds.  The justices extended an injunction first granted on an emergency basis just before the New Year for a Catholic charity for the elderly run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have had their prayers answered.  Today, and every day since December 31, the Little Sisters of the Poor have prayed that the Supreme Court would save them from the choice of violating their faith or exposing their ministry to decimation by IRS penalties.  Today their prayers were answered.  The Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) controversial mandate while they have their day in court.

Court: Notre Dame must adhere to ObamaCare birth control mandate.  The University of Notre Dame must provide birth control to employees and students after a federal appeals court ruled Friday [2/21/2014], a move the school says will force it to violate its religious beliefs.  In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame's request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception.

Big Brother vs. Little Sisters.  Despite straight-facedly promising that he would protect the religious liberties of people and groups and would not violate their conscience rights by forcing them to provide or support contraceptive or abortion services, President Obama has vigorously engaged in a scorched-earth campaign to do just the opposite.  It's not enough that Obama has imposed a mandate on a formerly free America to compel people to purchase health insurance under his woefully inferior new health care scheme.  He is insistent on gratuitously forcing it on those whose faith-driven consciences object to the mandate, even when exempting them surely wouldn't impair the workings of his already chaotic law.

Pro-life Catholics sue over 'abortion fee mandate'.  As pro-life Catholics, Barth and Abbie Bracy don't want to pay for health insurance that covers elective abortion, but under the Affordable Care Act, they don't have much choice.  The Bracys' health-insurance plan is set to expire in November, and all policies currently offered by Access Health CT, Connecticut's health care exchange, include coverage for elective abortions.

Judge Grants Injunction Against Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate.  Yesterday [6/4/2014], a federal judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary health care mandate injunction to approximately 200 Catholic employers.  According to the Preliminary Injunction, the employers do not have to provide coverage for contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, and are exempt from all fines and penalties.

Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate: Court Says Being Complicit in Sin Isn't a Sin.  Last week, in Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the appeal of Catholic nonprofit groups in their challenge to the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate.  The court got it wrong by second-guessing the religious beliefs of these groups.  Formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries (e.g., church-run soup kitchens) are exempt from this mandate — which requires employers to pay for employee health insurance coverage that includes contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs — and other nonprofit religious employers are eligible for an "accommodation."

Alabama judge rejects Catholic broadcaster's claim against ObamaCare mandate.  A federal judge in Alabama has dismissed a Catholic broadcaster's legal claim that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.

How the Left Will Repay the Catholic Church on Immigration.  [Scroll down]  More than a few people with whom I spoke discerned a pecuniary motive in the Church's position.  They argued that the Church needed to recruit new Hispanic troops to help pay for the cathedral and for the legal costs stemming from sundry sex scandals, real and imagined.  Motives, however, are rarely as simple as money.  On the question of the church's motives, one local Catholic explained how the noisy "peace and justice" cliques within the church seized a new opportunity to lure the Church leftward.

The Editor says...
If Barack H. Obama had any sense at all, he would leave the Catholics alone.  It appears that the Catholic Church is about to become another symbiotic arm of the Democratic Party.  It's all about membership numbers, political clout and money.

It's Open Season On Catholics.  When my phone flickered with the news that the Supreme Court had found in favor of Hobby Lobby on Monday, I knew exactly what the result would be.  It was perfectly clear that the religion of the five Justices who found in favor of Hobby Lobby would be brought into question.  It has happened before, both in the distant and recent past.

Sen. Cruz: 'Mr. President, When Did the Democratic Party Declare War on the Catholic Church?'  Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized Senate Democrats and their legislation to circumvent the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision by explaining that their bill would impose "faith fines" on groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, who refuse to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs, and asked, "Mr. President, when did the Democratic Party declare war on the Catholic Church?"  "The bill that is being voted on this floor, if it were adopted, would fine the Little Sisters of the Poor millions of dollars unless these Catholic nuns are willing to pay for abortion-producing drugs for others," said Sen. Cruz in remarks on the Senate floor on Wednesday [7/16/2014].

Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'  The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group's website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking:  Doesn't that matter to you?  "Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam," Bill Donohue wrote on his group's website, Newsmax reported.  "Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes.  Do Christians mean so little to you?"

Obama Administration Marches on With Their War on Nuns.  Nearly a year ago, a group of Catholic women religious filed suit against the Obama administration due to the HHS Mandate.  Today, the administration announced that their court case against the Little Sisters of the Poor will continue, in spite of the Hobby Lobby court decision last June.

Court Rules in Favor of Ave Maria School of Law Against HHS Mandate.  A federal court has ruled in favor of Ave Maria School of Law in the case Ave Maria School of Law v. Burwell.  This means that as of now the school is not required to comply with the HHS Contraception mandate and distribute contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs to its employees.  Ave Maria School of Law is a Catholic law school and was seeking an injunction to delay implementation of the mandate.

Priests for Life Will Appeal HHS Mandate Court Decision to Supreme Court.  Father Frank Pavone objects to the decision on November 14, written by Obama-appointee Judge Cornelia Pillard, in which the court upheld the Obama administration's most recent "accommodation" for religious employers who object to being forced by the government to provide free contraception, sterilization procedures, and abortion-inducing drugs to employees through health insurance plans.

Obama makes moral case for preserving his healthcare law.  Four words in the law could unravel Obamacare in the Supreme Court.  So President Barack Obama is marshaling his own numbers — and an unusual moral weight — to stress the achievements of his health overhaul law.  Addressing the Catholic Health Association on Tuesday [6/9/2015], Obama spoke about the 100 years it's taken to reform health care in the United States, and the millions of people Obamacare has helped over its five years of implementation.  "This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another," Obama said.

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It is astonishing that Mr. Obama was invited to speak to a Catholic group, after all he's done in opposition to the Catholics over the last five years.  Or did he invite himself?

Denver court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor contraception coverage case.  A federal appeals court in Denver ruled on Tuesday [7/14/2015] against a group of Colorado nuns who challenged a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception.  Though religious groups are already exempt from covering contraceptives, the plaintiffs — the Little Sisters of the Poor as well as four Christian colleges in Oklahoma — argued the exemption doesn't go far enough because they must sign away the coverage to another party, making them feel as though they had a hand in providing contraceptives.  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

Obamacare's birth control shell game.  The Obama administration is attempting to tell religious groups what their conscience means.  And in some courts, the attempt is working.  On Tuesday [7/14/2015] the Tenth Circuit court joined five other federal appeals courts in ruling that religious groups, such as Christian colleges from Oklahoma and the Little Sisters of the Poor, must comply with rules implementing Obamacare's abortion pill and contraception mandate.  And just last week the Obama administration published final rules imposing the same regime on religious family businesses.

How does Uncle Sam get to tell nuns what they believe?  If you thought that you decide your own religious views, you haven't been following the plight of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  These Colorado-based nuns have the misfortune to fall under the 10th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.  On Tuesday [7/14/2015] the Sisters were dealt an astounding setback in their effort to avoid being co-opted by ObamaCare's birth-control mandate.

Planned Parenthood and the Antithesis of Love.  Planned Parenthood, according to reports, is a leading reason why the White House will not relent and has kept the Little Sisters of the Poor in court fighting the coercive Obamacare insurance mandate for abortion pills, contraception, and female sterilization.  Is there any reason but a blinding ideology why you would want to victimize self-sacrificial women who serve the elderly poor?  And, during his celebration of Planned Parenthood, President Obama took time to criticize the organization's enemies:  "The fact is, after decades of progress, there's [sic] still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.  And they've been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women's health."

God, protect our babies from both president and pope.  Unless his intention is to radically change or convert President Barack Obama, when Pope Francis descends on America next month, he will in essence be paying open homage to the world's top champion of partial birth abortion.  The pope will meet with Obama on Sept 23, as part of his first trip to America as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. [...] Will the pontiff and president talk about the continuing sale of aborted baby parts by government funded Planned Parenthood?  It's not on the agenda.  The only time Obama talks about the baby-killing Planned Parenthood it is to promote it.  Obama even wished the organization a rousing "God bless!" in an April 2013 speech to the organization.

Court says Little Sisters can duck birth-control mandate until Supreme Court weighs in.  A federal appeals court that refused to exempt a group of nuns from Obamacare's birth-control rules said Friday [8/21/2015] the sisters can duck the mandate and its hefty fines until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up their appeal.  The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is among several nonprofit plaintiffs who've asked the justices to hear them out next term, saying the Obama administration hasn't done enough to absolve them from providing birth control they find sinful, including morning-after pills that Catholic groups equate with abortion.

Is the pope a false prophet?  [Scroll down]  The Church has taught for 400 years that abortion is murder.  Because the victim of an abortion is always innocent, helpless and uniquely under the control of the mother, abortion removes the participants from access to the sacraments.  Until now.  Last week, Pope Francis, without consulting his fellow bishops, ordered that any priest may return those who have killed a baby in a womb to the communion of the faithful.  He said he did this because he was moved by the anguished cries of mothers contemplating the murder of their babies.  I doubt he will defend these decisions before Congress.

White House Defends Obama On Religious Freedom, 'Take The President At His Word'.  "Here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty ... we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation," Obama said during his welcoming address to Pope Francis today [9/23/2015] at the White House.  Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal was quick to criticize Obama's remarks, pointing out the multiple incidents of Christians being persecuted by the federal government because of their views on marriage, abortion and contraception.

Pope visits U.S. nuns involved in Obamacare contraception lawsuit.  Pope Francis on Wednesday [9/23/2015] made an unscheduled stop to a convent of nuns to show his support for their lawsuit against U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare law.  Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the visit to the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor for what he called a "brief but symbolic visit."

SCOTUS Takes Up Little Sisters of Poor Case Against Obama Administration.  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to take up the case that the Little Sisters of the Poor — an order of Catholic nuns — has brought against the Obama administration for violating the sisters' right to the free exercise of religion.  "All we ask is that our rights not be taken away," said Sister Loraine Mari Maguire, the Mother Provincial of the order, in a statement released by the Becket Fund, the nonprofit law firm that represents the sisters.

Little Sisters of the Poor nuns will take Obamacare birth control mandate to Supreme Court.  An elder-care charity run by nuns asked the Supreme Court on Monday [1/4/2016] to shield them from Obamacare's birth control mandate, arguing that the government can provide their organizations' female employees with contraceptives if it really wants to but shouldn't force them to facilitate the coverage.  Attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor and three Christian colleges say the administration already has exempted a series of employers, undercutting its push to force religiously affiliated groups to formally opt out of the regulations so that a third party can step in and pay for the drugs and services.

Is the Supreme Court Going to Argue that Nuns Misunderstand Their Religion?  The Obama administration's interpretation of religious liberty would devastate free-exercise protections and relegate minority religions to second-class status.  The danger posed by this interpretation has already manifested itself in a lower-court decision.  The administration maintains that courts should reject religious-liberty claims unless a judge determines that "as a matter of law," a plaintiff would suffer a "substantial" theological burden if he did not receive an exemption.  The Supreme Court will rule on that interpretation of religious liberty in an upcoming case: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell.

David And Goliath: Meet The Nine Nuns Taking Obamacare To The Supreme Court.  Obamacare has faced repeated opposition from legislative repeal efforts and court challenges, and now a group of nuns is taking the law to the Supreme Court.  The Little Sisters of the Poor is fighting for an exemption to the Obamacare contraception mandate and released a series of videos introducing the women taking on the president's law.  The nuns have fought a long battle against the healthcare law, and the videos highlight Obamacare's sticky situation, which the nuns say is forcing them to violate their consciences.

Pepsi, Visa, and Chevron are Exempt From HHS Mandate, But Little Sisters of the Poor are Not.  The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its fight to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs and pay for abortion-causing drugs and contraception, arguing that they are essential health care services.  On Wednesday [3/23/2016], the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 other religious groups to stop the Obama administration from forcing them to comply with Obamacare's abortion mandate.  The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control, drugs that may cause abortions and sterilization.  Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines.

Mercy for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Supreme Court Obamacare battle.  A nation founded on the principle that government will keep its hands off religion cannot be a nation whose government commands Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs.  On Wednesday [3/28/2016], the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the dictates of Obamacare trample the conscience rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor and several other faith-based employers.  The very existence of this case is a shame.

Supreme Court wants more information on birth control case.  The Supreme Court on Tuesday [3/29/2016] asked for more information about how employees of religious nonprofits could get birth control coverage without their employers getting involved at all.  The justices last week heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a case in which 37 religious nonprofits such as Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame University are challenging Obamacare's mandate that employers must provide birth control coverage.  The Obama administration has created a workaround in which the insurer pays for the coverage instead of the employer, but the groups say the accommodation violates their religious beliefs against contraception since it's still covered under their plans.

The War on the Little Sisters of the Poor.  [Scroll down]  Of course, this ignores the possibility that the entire point of ObamaCare (and the administration's specific interpretation of same) was to force Catholics and evangelicals to pay for abortion against their will.  As Yuval Levin notes:  "It is a culture war of choice on the part of the Obama White House.  That's the reason this administration is willing to violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in order to punish the The Little Sisters of the Poor.  As Instapundit noted:  "They hate those groups and wanted to punish them."

Breaking: SCOTUS punt on Little Sisters et al ObamaCare contraception mandate case?  The 4-4 split on the Supreme Court may have proven more productive than critics of the GOP's refusal to consider Merrick Garland's nomination have assumed.  After hearing arguments on Zubik v Burwell, a key case in the fight over the ObamaCare contraception mandate and religious liberty, the court has kicked the case back down the chain for reconsideration — and for more compromise from both parties.

Supreme Court sends 'contraceptive mandate' cases back to lower courts.  The Supreme Court decided not to decide Monday [5/16/2016] whether religious objectors must play a role in offering contraceptive coverage to their employees, instead sending seven cases back to federal appeals courts in search of an elusive compromise.  The unanimous ruling appeared to be another example of the eight-member court's inability to settle cases in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death and the impasse between President Obama and Senate Republicans over his replacement.  It left both religious challengers and women's rights groups warily predicting victory.

The Supreme Court called the Obama administration's bluff.  Years of litigation over the Obamacare mandate for coverage of early abortion pills, birth control and sterilization, culminated in seven cases under the title Zubik v. Burwell.  All that time, religious organizations like Christian colleges and nuns told the courts that the government could achieve its goals another way, without forcing them to violate their faith.  The government already provides birth control to low income women through a dozen statutes including Medicaid and Title X.  Obamacare's insurance exchanges now offer plans covering these same items to people whose employers may have stopped offering health insurance.

Supreme Court punts on Little Sisters birth control mandate case.  The Supreme Court declined to rule on a major challenge to Obamacare's birth control mandate Monday, instead punting a series of challenges from nonprofits such as the charity Little Sisters of the Poor back to the lower courts.  The Zubik v.  Burwell decision comes as the court remains short-handed after the February death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.  The case leaves unresolved a major challenge from religious nonprofits that say Obamacare's mandate to provide birth control to all employees is a violation of their religious beliefs.

Media Lies About Court's Contraception Order.  Anyone still naïve enough to rely on the legacy media for unvarnished news will have gone to bed Monday evening [5/16/2016] believing that the Supreme Court evaded its duty regarding Little Sisters of the Poor v.  Burwell.  Countless headlines had declared that the Court decided to "punt," "skirt," or otherwise dodge any meaningful action concerning the challenge to the HHS contraception mandate.  In reality, SCOTUS handed the Little Sisters and the other petitioners with whom the Court consolidated their case a major victory in their protracted battle to defend religious liberties against the depredations of the Obama administration's bureaucrats and lawyers.  In a unanimous opinion, the justices vacated all lower court rulings against the Little Sisters and the other petitioners.  The term "vacated," in this context, means that the Court has rendered those adverse decisions legally void.  And the justices didn't stop there.

Little Sisters of the Poor victory (of sorts) at Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court unanimously pushed the Little Sisters of the Poor contraception case back to the lower courts, meaning they do not face fines if they do not provide contraception coverage.

Why the Little Sisters of the Poor shouldn't settle for a stingy exemption.  The Little Sisters of the Poor won a victory of sorts at the Supreme Court this week.  But I fear it is a temporary one that doesn't truly vindicate the freedom of the Catholic nuns.  Here's the background:  Christian groups like the Little Sisters were initially required under ObamaCare to provide contraceptive services as part of their employee benefits package.  But after they objected on moral and religious grounds, the White House created an "accommodation" that would let them opt out of providing such coverage directly.  The Little Sisters, however, argue that the opt-out process still amounts to an authorization of these services.  On Monday [5/16/2016], the Supreme Court didn't rule on the merits of the case, but vacated lower court rulings that would have made the Sisters comply with the accommodation.

An unconscionable mandate.  The organization I lead, Priests for Life, has been fighting the HHS mandate in court for over four years.  Our lawsuit, Priests for Life vs.  HHS, is one of the seven that were consolidated into the recent Supreme Court case of Zubik vs.  Burwell.  After the Court received supplemental briefs from both sides stating that a solution acceptable to religious groups is "feasible," it sent our case and the others back to the lower appeals courts for resolution.  Right now, we wait for the administration to produce a revised accommodation that respects religious liberty.  If it doesn't, the lawsuits will continue — perhaps all the way back to the Supreme Court.  At the heart of the case is the question of complicity.  Specifically, must religious non-profit groups take part in activities which their faith deems as cooperating in evil?

16 Times Democrats Tried To Prosecute Their Opponents.  [#2] Little Sisters of the Poor:  The Obama administration tried to fine this Catholic organization, which cares for impoverished elderly individuals, for refusing to provide birth control to their employees.  The Little Sisters didn't want to be compelled to hand out contraceptives, as it violates their religious beliefs, but Obama's Health and Human Services took them to court to try to force them to pay $70 million in fines per year, which would have likely bankrupted the organization.

The one act that defined President Barack Obama.  Barack Obama will forever be the president who worked diligently to put the gun of government to the heads of the Little Sisters of the Poor, demanding that they either pay to destroy children in the womb or be crushed.  You can't candy-coat that.  You can't hide it.  You can't pretend it wasn't what it was.  For 177 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor has been a large Roman Catholic religious ministry that takes vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and hospitality.  Serving the Kingdom of God on earth in over 30 countries, they have one stated mission:  to care for impoverished people as they near the end of their lives.  As Ashley McGuire describes it, "The only fight they go looking for is to make the last days of some very downtrodden people brighter and happier, to send as many people into the next life surrounded by love, not garbage."  Barack Obama knew that, personally.  Regardless, he instructed his administration to rewrite executive regulations nine separate times to ensure these nuns be forced to either violate their conscience by helping distribute abortifacients or be fined $70 million a year and out of existence.  Their beliefs, their ministry, their cause, and even the incredible work that they do were secondary to President Barack Obama's devotion to funding and expanding the destruction of infants with tax dollars.

Liberal Judges Unwittingly Declare ObamaCare Religious Mandate Unconstitutional.  They don't realize it, but liberals have just declared that Obama's HHS mandate — which forced Catholics to cooperate with providing abortion and contraception — is unconstitutional.  The new interpretation of the Establishment Clause espoused by the activist judges who are striking down Trump's EO is that anything that has a disparate impact on a religious group is unconstitutional.  The rulings by activist judges declaring Trump's EO on immigration to be unconstitutional were based on arguments that if the EO/law had a disparate impact on any faith, or that if the person behind the EO/law ever said anything that could be construed to violate the new liberal interpretation of the establishment clause, then the EO/law in question was unconstitutional.

DOJ Lawyers Still Battling Christians Over Obamacare Contraception Mandate.  Six months into President Trump's administration, Department of Justice attorneys are still battling Christian organizations in court over Obamacare's contraception mandate.  DOJ lawyers have continued to keep alive a slew of cases appealing a 2014 district court ruling that granted an injunction from the mandate to several Catholic organizations.  The Supreme Court vacated an appeals court ruling against The Little Sisters of the Poor and similar organizations in 2016, sending the cases back to the lower courts.  Many religious freedom advocates expected that the Trump administration, which has vowed to protect The Little Sisters and other organizations burdened by the contraceptive mandate, would drop the legal campaign against the religious organizations.  But more than six months into the Trump era, the legal fights are still alive.

Why can't Democrats leave the Little Sisters of the Poor alone?  The Little Sisters of the Poor are heading back to court to defend themselves against the Obama administration's Health and Human Services mandate to provide contraception, yet again.  In an unusual political move, Pennsylvania and California sued the Little Sisters, demanding the same group who won at the Supreme Court in Zubik v.  Burwell provide contraceptives in their state.  In early October, HHS issued a new rule that protects religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor from providing anything like contraception that would violate their religious beliefs.

Obama vs Freshway Foods:

Fed appeal panel says Citizens United might end Obamacare's HHS mandateCitizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that bolstered political speech against campaign finance reform limitations, may also mean trouble for Obamacare's contraception coverage mandate, according to the second-highest court in the country.  Attorneys for Francis and Philip Gilardi argued that the Gilardis should not be required to provide contraception to their employees because it violates their religious beliefs.  The Gilardis own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics in Ohio and are devout Catholics.  They argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from having to comply with the mandate, promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Obamacare Birth Control Coverage Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional.  A requirement of President Barack Obama's health-care law that group insurance plans cover contraceptives may violate religious freedom, a U.S. appeals court said, widening a split among the circuits and making it more probable the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue.  A three-judge panel in Washington said a lower court was wrong to deny an injunction sought in a lawsuit by two brothers who are Catholic.  The men sued on religious grounds, seeking to exclude contraceptive coverage from health plans provided by their produce-distribution companies.

Court slaps down ObamaCare religious 'exception'.  First it was the Web site, whose epic malfunctions have made the ObamaCare portal a punchline for late-night comics.  Now the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with two Catholic Ohio businessmen who claim that obeying the contraceptive mandate would mean violating their religious principles.  In her majority opinion, Judge Janice Rogers Brown took no prisoners.  The mandate, she says, "trammels the right of free exercise."

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2021 by Andrew K. Dart

Obama vs Weingartz Supply:

Religious freedom is fine as long as it stays in church.  [Scroll down]  Well, listen to what Obama administration attorneys argued in a federal court in Michigan last month.  According to them, a private business that isn't obviously a religious organization has no right to exercise religious freedom.  The case was brought against the Affordable Care Act by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Legatus, the nation's largest organization of Catholic business leaders, as well as Weingartz Supply, a family-owned business that sells and services outdoor power equipment.  The plaintiffs, who have a moral objection to abortion, objected to being ordered by the federal government to provide abortifacients for their employees as part of the health-care mandate.

Obama Admin Argues Gov Can Violate Religious Beliefs.  Some private companies are claiming the HHS contraception mandate is a denial of their First Amendment rights.  In response to dozens of lawsuits brought against the Obama administration the mandate, the Department of Justice has argued two points that have stunned constitutional experts.  A case was brought earlier this month by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) on behalf of Legatus, the nation's largest organization of Catholic business leaders, and by Weingartz Supply, an outdoor power equipment company.

Obama vs Hercules Industries:

This Denver Family Is Not Entitled to Religious Freedom, Obama's DOJ Argues.  As the president of the United States was asserting his support for religious freedom at the United Nations Tuesday [9/25/2012], his Department of Justice was filing an appeal in the case of the Newland family of Denver, who were granted a preliminary injunction in July to protect their Hercules HVAC business — for now — from the Department of Health and Human Services abortion-drug, sterilization, contraception mandate.  DOJ argues that when the Newlands lost their religious liberty when they made the free decision to enter the "the marketplace of commerce."  That is not exactly the "unwavering support" for religious liberty President Obama claims.

DOJ: Family Can't Run Their Business as Catholics.  William, Paul and James Newland and their sister, Christine Ketterhagen, who together own Hercules Industries, have no right to conduct their family business in a manner that comports with their Catholic faith.  The federal government can and will compel them to either surrender their business or to engage in activities the Catholic faith teaches are intrinsically immoral.  This is exactly what President Barack Obama's Justice Department told a U.S. district court in a formal filing last week.

Catholic business owners score win against ObamaCare mandate.  The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights.  Hercules Industries, a Denver-based heating ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer that employs nearly 300 full-time workers, got an injunction in federal court which stops enforcement of the controversial ObamaCare mandate.

A Religious Freedom Election.  William Newland and his siblings, self-insuring owners of Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning manufacturing company, did not appreciate being ordered by the federal government to violate the precepts of their Catholic faith.  With the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the family members and their business (an S corporation in Colorado) sued, claiming (in addition to constitutional arguments) that the free birth control rule violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Catholic business owners score win against ObamaCare mandate.  The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights.

Hercules shows strength, halts Obama abortion pill mandate.  A federal court issued an order Friday [7/27/2012] that halts enforcement of the Obama administration's abortion pill mandate against a Colorado family-owned business while an Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit challenging the mandate continues in court.  The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.

Federal court allows company to ignore birth-control mandate.  A federal court said Friday [7/27/2012] that a Colorado-based company does not have to comply with the Obama administration's birth-control mandate because of the employer's religious beliefs.  Several businesses and religious groups have sued over the policy, which requires most employers to provide contraception coverage in their healthcare plans.  Friday's temporary injunction is the first time a court has ruled against the policy.

Judge blocks contraception mandate in religious liberty lawsuit.  A federal judge in Colorado relieved a private company owned by Roman Catholics of the requirement to provide employees with contraception, pending further litigation of the contraception mandate.  "A preliminary injunction is an extraordinary remedy; accordingly, the right to relief must be clear and unequivocal," Judge John Kane — an appointee of President Jimmy Carter's — wrote as he explained his order today.  "On balance, the threatened harm to Plaintiffs, impingement of their right to freely exercise their religious beliefs, and the concommittant public interest in that right s[t]rongly favor the entry of injunctive relief."

DOJ to Colorado Family: Give Up Your Religion or Your Business.  The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado — who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business — with what amounted to an ultimatum:  Give up your religion or your business.  "Hercules Industries has 'made no showing of a religious belief which requires that [it] engage in the [HVAC] business," the Justice Department said in a formal filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Obama vs Hobby Lobby:

Editor's note:
The newest information is at the bottom of this subsection, because it was all added in chronological order.

Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage.  Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday [9/12/2012] challenging a mandate in the nation's health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs.

A New Front for Religious Liberty.  An arts and crafts business with more than 500 stores across the country launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) implementation of Obamacare's contraceptive mandate Wednesday [9/12/2012], the Becket Fund announced.  Hobby Lobby is the first non-Catholic business to file a lawsuit objecting to the mandated coverage of certain contraceptive drugs that it considers abortion inducing.

Justice Ginsburg's Eight Worst Lines on Hobby Lobby.  [#5] "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."  Who truly believes that this cost plays any role at all in Ginsburg's analysis?  It's expensive, so she cites it to show that employers have to pay for it; if it were cheap, she'd cite it to show that employers aren't burdened by it.

Some Thoughts on Hobby Lobby.  [Scroll down]  As Justice Alito argued forcefully in his majority opinion, there is no reason why people should be expected to give up their basic rights when they incorporate a business.  And Justice Ginsburg's attempt to distinguish between profit-seeking and nonprofit corporations on this front, made necessary by the fact that the administration did recognize the religious-liberty claims of some corporations and not others in this case, was the very model of a muddle.  (It wasn't as disturbing as her shockingly thin idea of what constitutes religious practice, though, and of what religious institutions are for.)

Hobby Lobby sues over HHS mandate.  The largest business yet, a Christian-owned and operated 500-store chain of arts and crafts retail stores, filed a lawsuit Sept. 12 against the Obama administration's rule requiring employers to provide without co-pay abortion-inducing drugs coverage in its health care insurance plan.  David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby said, "By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow."  The lawsuit was filed in the federal District Court of Western Oklahoma.

Supreme Court won't block Obama health law's contraception mandate.  The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the Obama administration's contraception mandate from taking effect.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate.

Sotomayor says no to Hobby Lobby request to block contraceptive mandate.  Attorneys for the government claim the drugs do not cause abortions and that the United States has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them.

Supreme Court Refuses Hobby Lobby Contraception Mandate Request.  The U.S. Supreme Court has refused a request by national retailer Hobby Lobby for an emergency injunction to block implementation of the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate, an element of President Obama's notorious Affordable Healthcare Act that requires employers to provide their workers with free access to birth control, including contraceptive drugs known to induce abortion.

Supreme Court denies emergency injunction in contraception case.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday [12/26/2012] denied Hobby Lobby's request for an emergency injunction to block the health reform law's contraceptive coverage requirements and said it will not decide the case before lower courts have ruled.

Hobby Lobby faces millions in fines for bucking Obamacare.  Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.

Hobby Lobby Defies Obama Administration with Civil Disobedience for Religious Liberty.  Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby's application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare's HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost.

Michelle Malkin: We need to support Hobby Lobby for fighting against Obamacare.  Malkin says we should make an effort to support them since they are on the front lines fighting against this illegal Obamacare mandate.

The Seventh Circuit Blocks the HHS Mandate for a Private Business.  Late yesterday afternoon [12/28/2012], the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners.  My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor.  The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers.  The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out.  First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit's recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby's request for a similar injunction.

Hobby Lobby and the Loss of America's Soul.  Currently, Hobby Lobby is the largest religiously-owned non-Catholic business to have filed a lawsuit against the HHS birth control directive.  Yet, despite the fact that they've been founded and run on Christian principles, Oklahoma U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton ruled that Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations and therefore subject to the federal birth control dictate.

Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: "Honoring God is more important than turning a profit".  It's worth pointing out that the mandate doesn't exempt actual religious organizations either, such as Catholic charities, Presbyterian hospitals, Lutheran schools, and so on.  Why?  That's the crux of the issue:  the Obama administration is attempting to redefine religious expression to only those activities which take place within the four walls of a place of worship, or those activities restricted only to those of a single faith.  That means that Catholic hospitals would qualify only if they refused to treat and employ any non-Catholics, for instance.  Can you imagine those lawsuits?

Hobby Lobby postpones fines despite Supreme Court ruling.  Hobby Lobby executives announced last week they found a temporary reprieve from the fines the company faces for defying the government's mandate to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.  Despite the Dec. 26 decision by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who ruled the popular arts and crafts retail chain must comply with the requirement or face financial penalties starting Jan. 1, Hobby Lobby will have a few more months to fight for its rights, fine-free.

All but over.  [Scroll down]  Hobby Lobby asked the administration and the courts to delay any fines (estimated at $1.3 million per day) until the appropriate courts could hear its appeal.  But Hobby Lobby's request was immediately and robustly denied.  If all this is not a blatant denial of an American citizen's freedom to exercise his or her deeply held religious beliefs, it's hard to imagine what the federal government might do to be offensive.  The Constitution couldn't be clearer.  It doesn't clutter the landscape with possible exceptions.  It says bluntly and succinctly that neither Obamacare nor any bureaucrat spouting forth an "executive action" may include any provision that restricts the free exercise of someone's religious beliefs.

For-Profit Businesses Have Right to Religious Liberty Too, Lawmakers Tell Court in Hobby Lobby Case.  Republican members of Congress have weighed in on the legal battle being waged over the Obamacare mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.  Eleven senators and congressmen filed an amicus brief, also known as a friend-of-the-court brief, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on Tuesday [2/19/2013] in support of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a Christian-owned and operated corporation that opposes the mandate based on its owners' religious beliefs.  Hobby Lobby filed suit against Health and Human Services and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

US appeals court grants Hobby Lobby full hearing.  A federal appeals court has granted Hobby Lobby's request for the entire court to hear its challenge of a federal requirement that it provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraceptives.

Hobby Lobby wins appeal on preliminary injunction.  We haven't heard much lately on the court fights over the HHS contraception mandate, but this ruling guarantees we'll be hearing a lot more later.  The 10th Circuit unanimously overturned a district court decision that refused to impose a temporary injunction against enforcement of the mandate on Hobby Lobby, ruling that the plaintiffs met the legal requirements for such relief, at least in part.

Court: Gov't Must Halt Enforcement of Sterilization-Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate Against Hobby Lobby.  Following on yesterday's 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Hobby Lobby can continue its lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraception mandate on religious grounds, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled today [6/28/2013] that the federal government must halt all enforcement of the mandate (and related financial penalties) against the Christian-based company.

The 10th Circuit Takes a Detour to a Win for Hobby Lobby.  The news from the 10th Circuit is good, as far as it goes.  A unanimous eight-judge panel ruled last Thursday that Hobby Lobby should not have to pay $475 million in fines to the extortion racket known as ObamaCare while it challenges the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services abortion pill mandate.  That's good because eight judges instead of three is unusual, and a unanimous decision is more unusual still.

Court Rules for Hobby Lobby in HHS Mandate Case, Supreme Court Next?  Home-retailer Hobby Lobby — owned by the Green family, who are devout Christians — just dealt the Obamacare HHS mandate a devastating one-two punch.  It's likely the Obama administration will have no choice but to now petition the U.S. Supreme Court — where President Barack Obama's signature legislation is in danger of suffering a humiliating defeat.

Hobby Lobby granted exemption in ObamaCare fight.  Hobby Lobby Inc. was given a temporary exemption Friday [7/19/2013] from a requirement in the new federal health care law to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency birth control methods or face steep fines.

Hobby Lobby Wins Temporary Restraining Order on Contraception Mandate.  A federal appeals court in Denver reviewing the case of Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius ruled for-profit corporations have religious liberty, granting Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. a temporary restraining order against the federal contraception mandate.  The Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in implementing Obamacare's essential benefits, ruled companies offering health care coverage must cover most forms of preventive care without copayment, including all methods of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

US wants Supreme Court to take up Hobby Lobby case.  The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday [9/19/2013] to decide whether Hobby Lobby and a Christian bookstore chain have to provide a wide range of birth control options for workers as part of the federal health care law.

The Truth About Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court.  Most of the major "news" outlets began their coverage with a rented AP report titled, "US Wants Supreme Court to Take Up Hobby Lobby Case," and followed up with tendentious opinion pieces insinuating that the administration took this step to thwart a dark plot by Hobby Lobby to deny its employees birth control coverage.  In reality, the Obama administration "wants" the Supreme Court involved in this case just about as much as you want a root canal.  It was forced to file an appeal with the high court because, last June, Hobby Lobby dealt the government's lawyers a resounding defeat in a federal appeals court.

Hobby Lobby Takes Argument To Supreme Court.  Craft store Hobby Lobby filed papers with the Supreme Court on Monday [10/21/2013] asking it to look at its case against the Obama administration's mandate that the company pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for employees.  The Health and Human Services mandate, Hobby Lobby argues, violates their religious freedom.

Court Confronts Religious Rights of Corporations.  Hobby Lobby, a corporation, says that forcing it to provide the coverage would violate its religious beliefs.  A federal appeals court agreed, and the Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether it will hear the Obama administration's appeal from that decision or appeals from one of several related cases.  Legal experts say the court is all but certain to step in, setting the stage for another major decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act two years after a closely divided court sustained its requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute.  The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday [11/26/2013] to consider a new challenge to President Obama's Affordable Care Act and decide whether employers with religious objections may refuse to provide their workers with mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives.  The cases accepted by the court offer complex questions about religious freedom and equality for female workers, along with an issue the court has not yet confronted:  whether secular, for-profit corporations are excepted by the Constitution or federal statute from complying with a law because of their owners' religious beliefs.

Thank You, Hobby Lobby.  Religious liberty is front and center on the nation's Thanksgiving table.  On Tuesday [11/26/2013], the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.  The family-owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's abortion coverage mandate.  Hobby Lobby's faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of conscience for all Americans.

Supreme Court to decide Obamacare birth control mandate.  The Supreme Court on Tuesday [11/26/2013] set up another showdown over President Obama's health care law, agreeing to decide whether the government may force for-profit companies to insure birth control as part of their health plans, even if it violates the owners' religious beliefs.  The justices said they will hear appeals of two related cases — one in which the lower court ruled in favor of an employer, and one in which the lower court upheld the Obama administration's contraception mandate.  The conflicting rulings made it an easy decision for the justices to accept the cases.

SCOTUS, Hobby Lobby & Media Malpractice.  The Supreme Court's decision to hear two constitutional challenges to the HHS contraception mandate has frightened Obamacare's media cheerleaders into launching another of their propaganda campaigns designed to protect the "reform" law from itself.  Those Americans still naïve enough to rely on establishment news outlets for information on current events are being told that Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius are part of a sinister conspiracy to restrict access to birth control, endow corporations with religious rights, and escalate the "war on women."  Most of the media malpractice has been directed at Hobby Lobby.

Conestoga Is Silent Party In Obamacare Case, But Convictions Are Clear.  Besides Hobby Lobby, there's another business involved in the the landmark religious-protections case being argued before the Supreme Court this week:  Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.  But while Hobby Lobby founder David Green has etched a decidedly high profile in his faith-based opposition to the Obamacare mandate over offering the abortion pill in employee health plans, the Mennonites who own Conestoga have been absolutely mum with the national media.

Four Decades Eroding the Foundation of Liberty.  [Scroll down]  Now, the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Obama administration's appeal in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.  The question here: Can the administration force the Green family — who own Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores — to act against their Christian faith.  Under Obamacare, the administration has issued a regulation that requires almost all health care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives.  The latter includes both abortion-inducing drugs and intrauterine devices.

Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case.  In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees' birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company's religious freedom.  The senators — five of them women — argue in their "friend of the court" brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs.

19 Senate Democrats Join Fight to Force Hobby Lobby to Pay for Abortifacient Drugs.  The Green family were literally minding their own business when the Democrats passed and President Obama signed Obamacare into law.  The Greens own Hobby Lobby, their family business.  Obamacare forces the Green family, who are evangelical Christians, to pay for drugs and services as part of the health insurance plans that they offer their employees, that the family finds objectionable on religious conscience grounds.  Before Obamacare, they had the freedom to contract for, or not contract for, those services that violate their religious beliefs.  They chose not to contract for them, but Obamacare takes that freedom away from them.

Kansas files brief supporting Hobby Lobby.  Kansas has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma-based retail chain challenging the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers cover emergency contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green, a Christian, has objected to the regulation based on his religious principles.  The Kansas Attorney General's Office said the issue is not contraceptives but religious liberty.

Hobby Lobby Speaks Out.  The president of Hobby Lobby discussed his company's ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration regarding the contraceptive mandate, which goes before the Supreme Court March 25 for oral arguments.  Steve Green's arts-and-crafts chain is suing the administration over the requirement that the company provide its employees with abortifacient drugs or face fines of $1.3 million per day.  Hobby Lobby objects because its owners, the Green family, believe that their faith prohibits abortion.

Murray: Hobby Lobby Denying Contraception 'Under the Guise of a Religious Exemption'.  Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who led the filing of a brief on behalf of Democratic senators in the Hobby Lobby case, said on the Senate floor yesterday [3/11/2014] that the case is not about freedom.  The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case, which challenges the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate to offer contraceptive coverage, on March 25.  Murray called the case one "where a secular corporation, and its shareholders, are trying to get in between a woman and her health."

Hobby Lobby Hysteria Hits New High.  Next Tuesday [3/25/2014], the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments concerning constitutional challenges to Obamacare's contraception mandate brought by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.  The families that own and operate these private corporations believe the mandate violates the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing them to provide employees with health insurance covering abortifacients.  Both families have grave religious objections to the use of such drugs.

Ken Starr: Obamacare shackles religious freedom.  From humble beginnings in the 1970s in their Oklahoma City garage, David and Barbara Green launched what is now the sprawling nationwide commercial enterprise, Hobby Lobby.  Their company — now owned entirely by five members of the Green family — is now at the epicenter of an important legal battle over the breathtaking reach of the Affordable Care Act.  At issue is whether — due to the Greens' deeply held religious objections — the Hobby Lobby owners have an enforceable freedom-of-conscience right not to provide several contraceptive methods (four out of the 20 ACA-required methods) to the crafts company's employees.  The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this closely watched case on March 25.

Sects and Drugs.  It is likely to be another three months before the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the government is obliged to grant a religious exemption from ObamaCare's birth-control mandate to companies whose owners object to it on religious grounds.  Tomorrow the justices hear oral arguments in the two cases that raise that question, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.  But already some on the left think they've caught Justice Antonin Scalia in a contradiction.  They haven't.

The ACA's Heavy Burden.  Hobby Lobby is owned by a trust controlled by the Green family, observant Christians who make a point of carrying their faith into the marketplace, stocking Christian products and closing their stores on Sundays.  They refuse to comply with parts of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, specifically the provision of products that they regard as actual or potential abortifacients, including intrauterine devices and the so-called morning-after pill, both of which can function to prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus and thus surviving.

The Hobby Lobby case's First Amendment backing.  Two years ago, the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision infuriated conservatives.  A few years before that, its Citizens United opinion outraged liberals.  On Tuesday [3/25/2014], the court will hear a case that combines the two.  The result could be a blockbuster.  In the Hobby Lobby case, several businesses owned by devout Christians are challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's contraception mandate, which forces employers to provide workers with insurance that covers abortion and contraception.  Because these requirements conflict with the owners' religious beliefs, they filed lawsuits arguing that the law violates federal protections for the free exercise of religion.

Hobby Lobby case: Justices skeptical of White House position.  The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed skepticism of the legality of the Obama administration's refusal to accommodate for-profit companies' religious objections to the Obamacare requirement that most firms provide contraception in their employee health plans.  A majority of the justices seemed particularly doubtful of one of the administration's central legal claims:  the assertion that for-profit companies have no religious rights under federal law.

The War on Hobby Lobby.  Not too long ago, the Greens of Oklahoma City were law-abiding people running an arts-and-crafts chain called Hobby Lobby.  They weren't disturbing the peace, or denying anyone his or her rights.  They were minding their own business — quite successfully and in keeping with their Christian faith.  The roughly 600 Hobby Lobby stores stock Christian products, close on Sundays, and play Christian music.  Then one day Uncle Sam showed up to make an offer that the Greens couldn't refuse — literally.  As part of Obamacare, federal law demands that the chain cover contraceptives that the Greens consider abortifacients.  The family decided it couldn't comply with the law in good conscience, and its case is now before the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court takes up ObamaCare contraceptive mandate in landmark case.  One of the most controversial provisions of ObamaCare — the mandate requiring employers to cover contraception — was debated before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as activists on both sides of the issue clashed outside the courtroom in Washington.  The justices appeared divided in the case, which is the highest-profile challenge to the health care law since the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012.

ObamaCare v. Religious Liberty.  In 2012 the Health and Human Services Department published a regulation interpreting an ObamaCare provision to require all for-profit employer health plans to cover 20 contraception methods, including four that some religious believers consider abortifacients and sterilization.  The combined cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius are challenging the mandate under a 1993 law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Andrea Mitchell Slams Hobby Lobby.  On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Tuesday [3/25/2014], host Andrea Mitchell interrogated attorney Mark Rienzi for representing Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case against the ObamaCare contraception mandate:  "What right do they have, again, to interfere with medical decisions by women? [...]"

Slippery slopes before the court.  Most disputes about religious freedom are bilateral — with the government on one side and the individual claiming infringement of religious liberty on the other.  But Tuesday's cases, involving Oklahoma-based crafts store Hobby Lobby and Pennsylvania cabinetmakerConestoga Wood Specialties, implicate a third party — the companies' employees, and their rights under the Affordable Care Act to no-added-cost contraception.  Respecting the religious claims of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood threatens to diminish the rights of their workers.

Hobby Lobby Has Its Day in Court.  One of the reasons Clarence Thomas gives for the studious silence he maintains during Supreme Court hearings is that his fellow justices have shown an increasing tendency to talk too much during oral arguments, thus preventing advocates from presenting their arguments coherently.  Yesterday's Supreme Court hearing in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius suggest that Thomas is right.

The 15 Dumbest Anti-Hobby Lobby Signs at the Supreme Court.  Supporters of an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires religious business people to violate their beliefs were out in full force this morning at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which pits Obamacare against small businesses seeking to preserve personal and religious freedom.  Here's a look at some of the most nonsensical and ridiculous signs and participants at Tuesday's rally.

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Sen. Patty Murray: 'Stunning to Me' That 9 Justices Will Decide Hobby Lobby Case.  "I've worked hard to make sure that women have access to the right kinds of health care, and it's their choice, not their employer's choice," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday [3/25/2014].  "Sitting in that court today, it was stunning to me to recognize that nine people are going to make that decision — and will decide for a long time to come — whether women have to question when they go to work every day what the shareholders of that company's religious views could be."

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I'm impressed that Senator Murray managed to get both the "health care" and "choice" buzzwords into one sentence (although she left out "tea party").  But killing your children is not health care, and homicide is not a legal "choice."

Obama Administration Suffers A Drubbing In Hobby Lobby Arguments.  The arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has challenged the mandate, saying it violates the religious beliefs of its controlling shareholders, while the Obama administration argues a federal law that protects such beliefs doesn't apply to shareholder corporations.  One big problem is that many churches are incorporated, undercutting the idea that corporations can't hold religious beliefs.  Another is exceptions the administration has carved into the law for churches and religious non-profits.  An even bigger problem is the sheer contentiousness of contraception, especially morning-after pills and other methods that some say can cause the abortion of fertilized eggs and fetuses.

Six Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases.  This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious beliefs.  [...] The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to violate their consciences.  The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available before the contraception mandate, and still is.  The papers omit to mention that it isn't the businesses who have radically changed, but the mandates from government.  Quite simply, if you read a newspaper to find out about the contraception mandate cases, you will read lies.

Startling Rift on Supreme Court Springs From Error by Kagan On Text of Obamacare Law.  A startling rift appeared Tuesday [3/25/2014] on the Supreme Court as the three female Justices came out swinging like Brunnhildes — women warriors — for what they erroneously labeled an "entitlement" to employer-provided contraceptives and morning-after pills.  The Justices were hearing oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a case hyped by the Democratic Party as a test for women's rights.  Justices Kagan, Ginsberg, and Sotomayor sprang on Hobby Lobby's attorney, interrupting his every sentence and pummeling him with questions taken right out of the Democratic Party's "war on women" playbook.

Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?  If Betsey McCaughey is correct (and I bet she is, because she has not only read the entire ObamaCare bill, she has written a book about it), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan publicly humiliated herself during the oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, revealing that she either did not read the law, or failed to comprehend it if she did so.  Writing in the New York Sun, McCaughey lays out what is wrong with the Justice's declaration about Obamacare:  she asserted that the statute itself mandates provision of birth control.

First Amendment Freedom Can't Survive 'War On Women' Mobs.  False promises and controversial payoffs enabled the narrow passage of Obamacare, which grants unelected bureaucrats control over 18 percent of the economy, empowering them to impose costly and freedom-infringing regulations.  Perhaps the most liberty-assaulting decree (cunning, too, given its election-year timing) was the unprecedented mandate forcing employers to provide free contraception, including abortion-inducing methods, or face a $100 per day/per employee fine.  The fine could amount to $475 million annually for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby, whose devoutly Christian owners, the Green family of Oklahoma City, oppose the mandate with pilgrim-like fervor.  Just because they started a business, the Greens argue, doesn't mean they must leave their religion in the pews.  The First Amendment guarantees their right to live and work by their faith, and they won't give it up without a fight.

How the ACA Could Collapse.  Some time in the coming months, the Supreme Court will hand down its opinion in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case of the retailer that claims that its religious freedom or that of its employees is violated by contraceptive coverage required as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The attitude of the health-care act's supporters toward such cases is irritation.  How dare a little religious case trip up the mighty Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the ACA's establishment as permanent law of the land?  Cases involving religious details, however, do have a way of stopping big social legislation, and not only because they violate the principles of the religious denominations involved.

Hobby Lobby and the Fall Campaigns.  By "rewriting" ObamaCare in NFIB v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court created a strange new twist on federal taxation:  they imposed a surtax on the poor.  The Court did that by redefining the penalty (for not having health insurance) as a tax.  Usually, government levies surtaxes at the other end, on the wealthy, such as in 1993 when Congress levied 3.6 percent surtax on the highest incomes.  But with ObamaCare, an individual who has even the smallest of income tax liabilities and who hasn't purchased health insurance can owe an additional tax as of 2014.

The Four Horsemen of Hobby Lobby.  The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on June 26, and the closer we get to that date the more frantic liberals become.  Their fear of a decision in favor of the arts and crafts chain, whose owners have challenged the constitutionality of Obamacare's contraception mandate on the grounds that it violates their religious liberty, has reached such a pitch that they are making claims that transcend the merely portentous.  Their warnings concerning the consequences of a high court win for the Green family, the company's owners, have now become downright apocalyptic.

The Age of Mafia Government.  At the heart of every mafia enterprise is a racketeering operation, in which businesses and private citizens are forced to pay the mafia to protect themselves from harm. [...] The analogies to government should be obvious, but one includes the pervasive feelings among business executives that, if they don't donate to political campaigns or "nonprofit organizations" run by ex-government officials or other political cronies, their industry or even specific business is likely to wind up on the wrong side of some business-crushing regulation pretty quickly.  The Hobby Lobby case the Supreme Court is about to decide any day now is yet another example of the Obama administration's demand that people follow its rules or pay crushing extortion fees (preferably both).

5 Major Takeaways From The Hobby Lobby Decision.  The Supreme Court this morning [6/30/2014] issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.  At issue was whether closely held companies like Hobby Lobby could be forced by the government to provide abortifacient coverage to its employees, in defiance of its owners' deeply held religious beliefs.  In a 5-4 ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies do not have to provide contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the companies' owners.

The left loses their minds over Hobby Lobby decision.  It seems that liberal commentators have convinced themselves that, just as was the case in 1911, the courts and the country have deemed women to be of lesser value than their male counterparts.  The distinction between these two eras, of course, is that while that argument could be supported in 1911, it exists only in the heads of progressives in 2014.

Why SCOTUS Ruled in Favor of Hobby Lobby.  This morning's Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby will doubtless precipitate a flood of stories from the establishment "news" media claiming that an entrenched cadre of conservative justices have dealt a grievous blow to the reproductive freedom of women and somehow endowed corporations with religious rights.  These reports should be ignored as so much hysterical nonsense.

Supreme Court Rules Obama Admin Can't Make Hobby Lobby Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate.  The Obama administration was attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees.  However, the U.S. Supreme Court today [6/30/2014] issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.

Hobby Lobby 1, Obamacare 0.  The Supreme Court upheld the religious freedom rights of Hobby Lobby, the closely-held corporation owned by believing Christians who objected to being required to supply the abortion pill to their employees.

Supreme Court Rules Some Employers Don't Have to Cover Birth Control.  The U.S. Supreme Court, in a limited decision, ruled Monday [6/30/2014] that closely held, for-profit companies can claim a religious exemption to the Obamacare requirement that they provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.  For-profit corporations — including Conestoga Wood of Pennsylvania, owned by a family of Mennonite Christians, and Hobby Lobby, a family-owned chain of arts and crafts stores founded on Biblical principles — had challenged a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby Ruling Shows Deeper Flaw in US Health Care.  As the United States becomes more and more culturally pluralistic we will see more disagreement in all areas of society — including over what the federal government deems "essential health benefits."  Here, as elsewhere, promoting decentralized and individualized decision-making can tamp down conflict and respect everyone's freedom to live according to their principles.

Hobby Lobby.  Beyond the narrow facts of the decision, the case itself underlines the unpleasantly large scope that government regulation now covers.  Government, to which everything has been referred has enrolled one and all in a zero-sum game.  Now everything A does affects B; and everything B does affects A.  In so doing the giant state has become the mortal foe of diversity.

7 Reasons Conservatives Shouldn't Buy Media's Supreme Court Hype.  Before Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare could mandate that employers purchase health insurance plans for their employees, and that individuals had to buy health insurance plans or face a fine.  That left the door open to complete government control of how Americans receive their health care.  Today, the Supreme Court stepped back from that in the slightest of ways, explaining that "closely-held corporations" could not be forced to purchase health insurance coverage for certain types of contraceptive care.  This was the narrowest possible ruling in this case. [...] For conservatives to celebrate this decision seems overblown.

EWTN Granted Emergency Relief in Wake of Hobby Lobby Ruling.  A woman who would be hailed as a trailblazer for women in the media if she weren't a Catholic religious sister in a full habit is Mother Angelica.  The international media presence she founded, Eternal Word Television Network, filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court and then found itself receiving a temporary injunction from the 11th circuit keeping them from having to be subject to the abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate.

Obama's Hobby.  In the latest stinging First Amendment brushback to President Obama, the Supreme Court on Monday [6/30/2014] held the contraceptive mandate unlawful as applied to companies such as Hobby Lobby.  Mark Rienzi, the Becket Fund lawyer who represented Hobby Lobby:  "The Court confirmed that Americans don't give up their religious freedom when they open a family business."  Contrary to the hysterica (e.g., the White House press secretary's claim the ruling "jeopardizes the health of women") the decision does not limit access to contraceptives.  All it means is that employees cannot demand they be provided — free — by family businesses with religious objections.

Supreme Court issues long-awaited ruling in birth-control dispute.  The administration cannot force closely held private corporations to pay for contraception in their health insurance plans if it violates their religious beliefs, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing a political and logistical setback to President Obama's signature law.

RFRA Worked the Way It Was Supposed To in Hobby Lobby.  In today's 5—4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected the Obama administration's argument that forcing these family-owned businesses to provide coverage for potentially life-ending drugs and devices was the least restrictive means to achieve its policy goal.  Women's access to affordable birth control was not in question in this case.  Hyperbolic claims to the contrary notwithstanding, women still have access to the whole range of contraception.  What was at stake was the right of Americans to run a family business consistent with their faith.

Making Pluralism More than a Hobby.  The Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is a big win for the Green Family, for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (who represented Hobby Lobby in court), and for people of faith everywhere.  The majority opinion authored by Justice Alito (joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas) leaves no doubt that closely held family businesses can exercise religion within the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), that the government's HHS mandate creates a substantial burden on the exercise of religion here, and that the government has alternative less restrictive means of accomplishing its goals.

The ObamaCare! Compendium of Doom.  "Forcing" women to pay a few bucks a month at Walmart or Target for their own birth control seems to me at least to be a small price to pay for protecting our First Amendment religious liberties, but these days freedom's just another word for nothin' left to mandate.

Three Biggest Lies Liberals Spread about the Hobby Lobby Ruling.  It's pretty easy to ignore anguished and angry tweets.  But many liberals on Twitter perpetuated falsehoods about the rulings. They shouldn't be ignored.  They should be countered.  Here are three of them.

The Constitutional Lawyer in the White House Has Lost Unanimously at the Supreme Court 20 Times.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, successfully.  President Barack Obama has not.  He has never argued a case at the Supreme Court at all.  That didn't stop his spokesmen from playing the constitutional lawyer credential card when reacting to the Hobby Lobby defeat on Monday [6/30/2014].

Fresh Wind of Liberty Blows Across the Land.  Is anyone surprised that the left is hyperventilating and bouncing off the walls over the SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case? Planned Parenthood and others are decrying the "health risks" women face and the loss of "reproductive rights."  You'd think the decision reversed Griswold v Connecticut and banned the sale of contraceptives completely. [...] All that the Hobby Lobby decision does is to merely allow "closely-held corporations" to not have to pay for four specific chemical abortion pills.  Those businesses will still be required to provide (and the companies did not ask for exemption from these) sixteen other contraceptive pills.

Obama threatens to bypass Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling via executive action.  As we reported recently, the left is none too happy that the Supreme Court recognized the fact that the Constitution doesn't give the government the right to force private entities to pay for the abortions of others.  You can include Obama among the people who aren't exactly thrilled.  And while he's not threatening to literally burn down any Hobby Lobbies (like many on the left are), he is threatening something very illegal:  Bypassing the SCOTUS ruling by a dictatorial executive order.

Hillary's Religious Hobby.  The position of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods, and, for that matter, the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious organizations and individuals who don't want to pay for other people's contraception and abortions isn't an imposition at all.  They simply want America as it has always been:  they don't want to be forced to pay for things that violate their conscience.  Has liberalism become so intransigent and so intolerant that liberals can't understand or permit this?

Religious Freedom is Worth More Than $35.  Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that if you like your God, you can keep your God, even if you run a business.  The Obama administration tried to require that health plans provided at work cover contraception and morning after pills, no matter what an employer's religious convictions.  The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby craft stores and a chain of Christian bookstores, provide insurance but refuse to cover morning after pills such as Plan B and Ella because these drugs violate their religion.

After Hobby Lobby ruling, Democrats move to amend RFRA.  Liberal groups and congressional Democrats are moving forward with plans to reform the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.  Originally passed in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the law — on which the case was decided — forbids government from imposing significant burdens on a person's religious convictions, unless that burden is in furtherance of a compelling government interest and pursued by the least restrictive means possible.  Some Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill in 1993 issued statements Monday [6/30/2014] condemning the Supreme Court's interpretation.

Poll: Voters Support Hobby Lobby Decision by 10-Point Margin.  A new Rasmussen poll finds that 49 percent of American voters support a religious exemption to the federal government's contraception mandate, while 39 percent oppose such an exemption.

Religious groups want exemption from hiring LGBT after Hobby Lobby ruling.  Following the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders wrote a letter to President Obama on Tuesday [7/1/2014] asking to be exempt from a pending executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring practices, reported The Atlantic.  "We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need," the letter says, according to The Atlantic.  The letter comes after Monday's Supreme Court ruling, known as Hobby Lobby, that closely held corporations are permitted a religious exemption from providing birth control as stipulated in the Affordable Care Act.

Hillary's disturbed.  Hillary Clinton says she's "deeply disturbed" by the Supreme Court decision this week to uphold Hobby Lobby's rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Basically, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is saying the court is letting bosses who oppose contraception impose their religious views on employees.  Of course, it does nothing of the kind.  For one thing, Hobby Lobby has no objection to — and continues to pay for — 16 forms of birth control.  It's just one reason The Washington Post gave Hillary "Two Pinocchios" for her claims.

Can Shameless, Baseless Propaganda Save the Dems?  The comments of Massachusetts congresswoman Niki Tsongas provide a predictable example:  "The ruling by an all-male majority of the Court diminishes the rights of women in the workplace and sets a dangerous precedent that could lead to corporations denying coverage of other health-care services."  This is hysterical nonsense, of course.  No one's rights have been diminished, nor will the Hobby Lobby ruling lead to any woman being denied access to birth control.  But the facts don't matter in this battle.  The Democrats are desperate to hold on to the Senate, at any price, and they are perfectly willing to tell any lie necessary to accomplish that goal.

Gitmo detainees seek religious freedoms, cite Hobby Lobby ruling.  Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees have filed motions asking U.S. courts to stop officials from barring the inmates from participating in communal prayers during Ramadan, claiming their rights are protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and citing the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling in their defense, reports Al Jazeera America. [...] Prior to the Hobby Lobby ruling, lawyers say that courts determined those detained in Guantanamo do not have freedom of religion because they were not covered under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

A new low for liberals: Attacking Catholic nuns over Hobby Lobby.  I'm a big fan of absurdity in politics.  But even absurdity has its limits, and the National Organization for Women has surpassed it in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.  As part of its full-throated defense of ObamaCare's contraception mandate, NOW has a list of what it calls "The Dirty 100" — entities that have sued the Department of Health and Human Services and demanded exemptions on the basis of their First Amendment right to religious expression and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Harry Reid: 'We're going to do something' on Hobby Lobby.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the "coming weeks" to address last month's Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare's contraception mandate.  Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a response that would restore the coverage, though no specifics have yet been outlined.

Gullible Liberals Misread Birth-Control Ruling.  President Barack Obama's administration has sought to require almost all employers that offer health insurance to cover contraceptives.  The court's majority ruled that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and similar companies could refuse to cover contraceptives to which they have religious objections.  Many liberals say that this ruling was flawed because the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the 1993 law the case turned on — doesn't protect for-profit corporations.  Yet only two of the justices took that view; the other two dissenters refused to endorse it.  And not one of the justices chose to question the relevant beliefs of Hobby Lobby's owners:  that the contraceptives to which they object can cause human embryos to die.

Democrats Draft Bill to Override Contraception Ruling.  Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.  The bill would ensure that women have access to coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections.  The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act.  The measure could be on the Senate floor as early as next week, Senate Democrats said.

Who's the Real Hobby Lobby Bully?  Usually in political disputes, it's broadly understood which side is being forced and which side is doing the forcing.  We may argue about how much people should pay in taxes or how harsh incarceration policies should be, but both sides can generally agree on who is being coerced and who is doing the coercing.  Here we have a case in which folks on both sides genuinely believe that they are the ones being imposed upon.  How is it possible that we disagree on something so fundamental and obvious?

Senate Democrats unveil legislation to reverse high court's Hobby Lobby ruling.  Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday [7/9/2014] to effectively reverse the Supreme Court's decision last week exempting some employers from having to provide insurance coverage for contraception.  The law would bar for-profit corporations from seeking exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's mandate that their health plans cover contraception costs.  Religious institutions would still be able to opt out.  "Our bill simply says that your boss cannot get between you and your own healthcare," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told reporters.  Murray is the bill's chief sponsor.

The Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods.  Whole Foods isn't dropping contraception coverage for employees but nevertheless, it's facing a Hobby Lobby backlash.  By Wednesday afternoon [7/9/2014], more than 7,000 people signed an online petition urging Whole Foods to stop carrying products from Eden Foods, one of the 82 companies trying to opt out of covering contraception in health insurance following the Supreme Court's ruling.  The letter asks Whole Foods, which carries more than 2,000 Eden Foods products, to stand up against companies like Eden who are fighting to deny their employees basic health care.

Schumer to Religious Americans: Pick One — Your Faith or Your Business.  At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business.  "You're born with a religion or you adopt a religion.  You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra — you don't have to form a corporation," Schumer said.  In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced by the government to violate their Christian beliefs by providing insurance coverage for drugs and devices that can cause abortions. Schumer argues that the court "misapplied" the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Protesters picket new Hobby Lobby store in Totowa.  For two hours Saturday afternoon [7/12/2014], the protesters in front of the Totowa Hobby Lobby — newly opened as of July 7 — held hand-lettered signs with such slogans as "Family planning is a family value," "Women's values trump corporate dictates," and "My religious freedom has been given to corporations."  They also chanted "Hobby Lobby, hear the news — religious views are for the pews."

Faux Outrage and a Real Threat to Liberty.  In response to the Hobby Lobby decision, Democrats have proposed a bill that would revoke the religious liberty protections of employers that object to the contraceptive and abortiofacient mandate.  The bill would require employers to provide contraceptives without even having an opportunity to present religious objections to a court.  Such a bill is a nonstarter with Republicans, but its sponsors further ensure that it would never become law by filling it and a related press release with inflammatory language accusing religious employers of trying to "interfere in their employees' ... health care decisions" and to "impose their religious beliefs on their employees."  These statements are false and seemingly aimed at heightening the conflict rather than moving toward compromise.

Protecting religious freedom is not just a hobby.  The 5-4 ruling concluded that Hobby Lobby, a regional chain of arts and crafts stores, was permitted to refuse to provide its female employees with insurance coverage for certain forms of contraception because the owners had a religious objection to offering abortifacients as part of the benefit.  This would seem on the face of it to be a blow for freedom.  Protecting the religious conscience of Americans from tyrannical abuse is certainly a large part of what our Founding Fathers envisioned when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and then the Constitution.  But the court's ruling does not in any way protect our individual religious freedom; what it does instead is uphold the right of the government to decide for us what religious freedoms we are allowed to have.

Plan to overturn Hobby Lobby ruling stalls.  The Senate on Wednesday afternoon [7/16/2014] fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act, in a 56-43 vote on bringing the measure to the floor.  The bill would have overruled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — the law the Supreme Court cited when it ruled the federal government cannot force a family-owned business to provide contraceptive coverage that goes against its religious beliefs.  The bill also would have required employers to cover all forms of contraception and other healthcare mandated in the Affordable Care Act, regardless of conscience objections.

Satanists Seek Hobby Lobby Exemption from Informed Consent Abortion Laws.  The Satanic Temple announced today [7/29/2014] that it wants its believers to be exempted from reading state-mandated materials and informed consent laws when expectant women try to receive an abortion, and they cited the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision as a basis for their exemption.

United States Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty against HHS Abortion Pill Mandate.  Today [6/30/2014], the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the religious liberty rights of pro-life family business owners, striking down the application of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate to their businesses.  The Supreme Court held that the Abortion Pill Mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and that family businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties will not be forced to comply with the Mandate.  "The Supreme Court's decision striking down the Abortion Pill Mandate on people of faith who own and have built family businesses is a tremendous victory for religious liberty," said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.  "This decision ensures broad protection for the rights of business owners across the country to live out their faith in the marketplace."

Administration lawyers argue Hobby Lobby ruling on birth control doesn't apply to religious groups.  The Obama administration says faith-based nonprofits should comply with ObamaCare's birth-control mandate because they have more leeway than the corporations that won a Supreme Court ruling on the issue last year.  Government attorneys made the argument on Thursday [1/15/2015] to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after pro-life ministry Priests for Life asked the court to reconsider a ruling it made last fall that requires religious nonprofits to object in writing to regulations that require employer health care plans to insure contraceptives, as reported by The Washington Times.

Supreme Court tells another court to reconsider Obamacare mandate for religious groups.  The Supreme Court on Monday [4/27/2015] told yet another lower court to reconsider cases from Catholic groups who object to the part of Obamacare that requires employers to insure birth control as part of their health plans.  Justices told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to revisit its earlier decision in favor of the Obama administration — it wants religious nonprofits to comply with its contraception mandate under a compromise framework — by applying the high court's decision last year in the "Hobby Lobby" case.  In that decision, a divided court said closely held corporations do not have to insure forms of contraception that violate their moral or religious beliefs.

Obamacare Is Here to Prey.  [Scroll down]  Despite the Obama administration's Supreme Court defeat last year in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, bureaucrats from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate.  The Court havs had to intervene six times since the Hobby Lobby ruling to stop HHS lawyers from behaving as if the ruling had never been issued and forcing organizations to comply with the mandate.

Obama admin makes end-run around Supreme Court's birth-control ruling.  The Obama administration on Friday [7/10/2015] tried to extinguish lingering concerns about Obamacare's birth-control mandate, issuing final rules on how closely held corporations and religious nonprofits can opt out.  Health and Human Services Department officials said it rewrote its rules after the Hobby Lobby crafts chain and other devout business owners successfully challenged the mandate before the Supreme Court last year.

Obama admin's attempt to follow Supreme Court's birth-control ruling pleases few.  The Obama administration on Friday [7/10/2015] tried to extinguish lingering concerns about Obamacare's birth-control mandate, issuing final rules on how closely held corporations and religious nonprofits can opt out.  Health and Human Services Department officials said it rewrote its rules after the Hobby Lobby crafts chain and other devout business owners successfully challenged the mandate before the Supreme Court last year.

Obama's position on abortion casts doubt on his claims of Christianity.

There is another nearby page on which abundant empirical evidence is offered to contradict Barack Obama's claim to be a Christian.  In my opinion, no Christian would support the practice of fetal homicide, yet Obama seems almost enthusiastic about it.

Obama Praises Planned Parenthood In Video Message To Supporters.  "For you and for most Americans, protecting women's health is a mission that stands above politics," President Obama says in a video message to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

President Obama to Abortionists: 'Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.'.  Planned Parenthood pays no taxes. Under President Obama, made more than $500 million in profits, but they claim to be a "non-profit" organization.  They kill more 800 children every day.  And they have from the earliest days targeted minority women.  They once had a "Negro Ministers" project designed to recruit black pastors to push first birth control and then abortion in minority neighborhoods.  Now, in two startling videos, we have seen Planned Parenthood leaders engaged in a ghoulish traffic in the organs of unborn children whom they have killed.

Obama's Views Not Consistent With Christianity, Conservative Says.  Americans should question Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) commitment to Christianity based on his "disregard" for unborn life, well-known black conservative author and activist Star Parker said.  "Based on his disregard and disrespect for human life, we should question his insistence that he's a Christian.  It is inconsistent with the biblical world view to think that not only is abortion okay, but he goes so far as to support partial-birth abortion," Parker told in an interview.

Obama:  Premature Babies Aren't People.  On the federal level a similar bill passed 98-0 garnering a yea vote from pro-abortion stalwart Barbara Boxer.  But back in Illinois, Barack Obama had problems with this type of legislation.  He spoke on the floor of the Illinois Senate in opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act — in fact, he was the only senator to do so.  The following year he spoke against the born alive bill again.  As a rabid proponent of legalized abortion, Obama voted against the bill or worked for its defeat on three separate occasions.

Obama Lied About Abortion Record.  Newly discovered documents from the Illinois state archives prove Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has lied about his opposition to legislation requiring health officials to provide care to babies who survived abortion as an Illinois state senator. … Now there's documentation showing Obama did vote against a version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act that contained language to protect abortion rights identical to the bill that passed 98-0 in the U.S. Senate.

Influential Evangelical Lobby Attacks Obama's Christian Credentials.  [Scroll down]  Obama's progressivism, however, leads him to conclusions that are morally untenable, if not reprehensible, to Evangelicals and other traditionalist Christians.  He approves of same-sex romantic and sexual relationships, as do his church, his pastor and his denomination.  He supports abortion for any reason, by any method, at any stage of pregnancy including during the birth process.  In an E-mail under his wife Michelle's signature, his campaign for US Senate championed Roe v. Wade and partial-birth abortion.  In 2002 as an Illinois legislator, Obama even voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies that survived late-term abortion.

Obama's Christian Creds Vs. Abortion and Infanticide:  This, "I don't want them punished with a baby," is perhaps the most self-revelatory statement Barack Obama has uttered in public since he began his campaign for the Presidency. … Because it goes to the personal. It goes to the extent of wholehearted approval of killing one's own grandchildren if they happen to have been conceived inconveniently.

The Gospel According to Obama:  As the saying goes, faith without works is dead.  Obama's sanctimonious chatter about religion only underscores how little he understands about how those concepts are viewed by the most faith-conscious Americans, for whom actions will speak louder than words alone.

NARAL Pro-Choice Obama:  One reason that the national board of NARAL, the pro-abortion lobbying organization, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, and encouraged its state membership to do the same, was a series of behind the scenes conversations between the Obama campaign and NARAL.  "The message was, get on board or risk losing influence," says an Obama strategist.  "We needed one of these [feminist or pro-abortion] groups to step up and walk away from Hillary.

Barack Obama, Man of Faith.  Obama the Christian is a devout believer in unlimited abortion rights.  He denies the existence of Hell.  He came to Christianity through social organizing with activist religious [people].  His devout Christianity derives from the secular humanist "values" his atheist mother imbued him with.  He believes, with all his heart, in the separation of church and state — except when he campaigns in black churches, in violation of that separation, and in violation of the tax code.  Obama wears his religion on his sleeve in black churches, but in dealing with the mainstream media, attacks the same behavior, at least as far as white, conservative Christians are concerned.

Infanticide candidate for president.  On abortion, Obama is an extremist.  He has opposed the Supreme Court decision that finally upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act against that form of infanticide.  Most startlingly, for a professed humanist, Obama — in the Illinois Senate — also voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.  I have reported on several of those cases when, before the abortion was completed, an alive infant was suddenly in the room.  It was disposed of as a horrified nurse who was not necessarily pro-life followed the doctors' orders to put the baby in a pail or otherwise get rid of the child.

Barack Hussein Obama Refused:  "I Did Not Want To Concede".  As an Illinois state senator, Barack Hussein Obama refused to support legislation to protect babies that survived late-term abortions, claiming "I did not want to concede."  To what was Obama referring?  His statement was in reference to babies that were fully outside their mothers' wombs.  Thus, Obama did not want to concede the fact that babies who survived a late term abortion were in fact "persons."  He was the only senator of the Democrat Party to speak against baby protection legislation.  He was the only legislator from either side of the political isle that took his position.

Reaction to Obama — babies are God's gift, not a 'punishment'.  Pro-life advocate Wendy Wright says presidential candidate Barak Obama's recent comment that he wouldn't want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" reveals much about where the Democrat stands on the issue of the sanctity of all human life — and shows his true persona.

The Editor says...
Senator Obama's words directly contradict the Bible, which says,
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."

Psalm 127:3 

Barack Obama celebrates birth of Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.  [Scroll down]  So instead today [1/22/2010] the Democratic chief executive issued a special statement celebrating the 37th birthday of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.  He particularly hailed the hallmark decision's granting of the "fundamental constitutional right to choose whether to have an abortion."

If Obama were a Christian, would he act like this?
No media at Obama abortion-order signing.  A day after a lavish bill signing White House ceremony on health care reform, President Obama will sign an executive order barring the law from allowing federally funded abortion, but he'll do so behind closed doors and with no media allowed. ... Not even a photographer will be allowed into the Oval Office to capture the moment.

Barack Hussein Obama is a Fraud.  Obama is not a Christian.  I do not what his true faith, if any, is.  I do know he is a hypocrite and a liar. ... I do not consider it Christian to abort and kill unborn babies.  It certainly is not Christian to kill babies after they have survived an abortion and are born alive.  Obama continually voted to do this very thing when he was in the Illinois legislature.

Obamination.  [President Obama] is the first U.S. president in my memory to issue a statement in favor of abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Of all the cherished utterances of our beloved leader the last three years, perhaps none is so divisive and offensive as ... his tribute to the judicial fiat that has resulted in the deaths of more than 40 million Americans, and a testament to his twisted views.

The President at the Prayer Breakfast.  [Scroll down]  He had the gall to come to the prayer breakfast to proclaim that "we can't leave our values at the door" after ripping up the "conscience clauses" so that people of faith and personal religious convictions must pay for abortions as part of ObamaCare and all employers must provide abortifacients to their employees under the new HHS mandates regarding health insurance coverage.

Somewhat related:
Why Is Obama Offering All Women Free Sterilization?  Human beings often sterilize dogs and cats, presumably because they do not believe canines and felines can develop disciplined reproductive habits and they see the proliferation of puppies and kittens as bad.  But when human beings fix dogs and cats, they do not focus exclusively on one gender.  Male dogs and cats are at least as likely as females to get their reproductive organs short-circuited.  Does the Obama administration look at women — but not men — as creatures akin to dog and cats?  Does it believe women lack the hearts and minds and souls to fully control the destiny of their own families?  Do they see the proliferation of human babies as bad?

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