Remember when Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare" - to know what's in it? Well, now we know.
Remember also when President Obama assured lawmakers and the public that conscience rights would be protected so nobody morally opposed to contraception and abortion would have to pay for these things in ObamaCare? Well, he lied - a couple times.
At a speech in Notre Dame in 2009 he promised conscience protection. Elsewhere, in a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, the president said, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion” and that federal subsidies would not be granted to purchase private insurance that covers abortions. This promise was pivotal in removing the Stupak-Pitts Amendment from ObamaCare that would have prevented subsidies for elective abortions under any component of the health-care legislation.
When it looked like he didn't have the votes he needed to pass ObamaCare precisely because of concern over conscience protections, he signed a flimsy, meaningless Executive Order banning federal funding for abortion. The concerned members of Congress fell for his promise and gave him the votes he needed. Then just last month the President and the HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced the mandate to force contraception coverage on all employers, with only the narrowest exception for actual houses of worship.
And now, just this week, the HHS finalized another part of ObamaCare - a "minimum" $1 surcharge on insurance plans to cover abortions. For a thorough analysis of exactly what we're dealing with, click here.
What kind of country are we going to be five, ten, twenty years from now, if we sit idly by while extreme leftist politicians trample on our rights? Whether you're okay with contraception and abortion or not, what the federal government is doing is not a referendum on those issues per se. They are flagrantly abolishing fundamental freedoms right before our eyes. We cannot allow that to happen. Whether we contact our legislators, sign petitions like the one at StopHHS.com, or do something else, we need to relentlessly strive to protect ourselves from this assault on freedom of conscience. Because if we allow this out-of-control government to do what it is doing to us in the form of ObamaCare, do we really want to find out what they'll do next?
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