Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Little Sisters back in Court. Don't miss us on Megyn Kelly tonight.
A Message from the Executive Director
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dear Friends, Yesterday we filed our brief on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor. Our
government has been trying to bully the Sisters--by threatening them
with crushing IRS fines--into signing a form that would obligate their
own insurance provider, Christian Brothers, to pay for contraceptives
and life-terminating drugs for the Sisters' lay employees. Even
though it has again delayed the implementation of the Affordable Care
Act itself, the government refuses to issue an exemption to the Sisters.
They say the Little Sisters do not merit protection. They say the
Sisters have to sign or pay fines. When
the Sisters initially objected to signing the government-issued form,
the government mocked the Sisters' concerns, calling them "invisible
dragons" and insisting the form was meaningless, but had to be signed.
After all, these are the government rules and rules are meant to be
followed regardless of conscience or religious beliefs. In
a rare and dramatic way, on New Year's Eve itself--after the Tenth
Circuit had denied the Sisters any protection, and we had been forced to
appeal to the Supreme Court--Justice Sotomayor issued the Sisters an
emergency injunction. The
government, while arguing the form was meaningless, still
insisted--before the Supreme Court--that the Sisters must be forced to
sign it. The
Supreme Court disagreed with the government. A few weeks ago, it issued
an order, without dissent, granting the Sisters the injunction and
stating they did not have to sign. Even
supporters of the Affordable Care Act and the HHS mandate, like USA
Today columnist Kirsten Powers cried out to the government: Leave the Sisters Alone! This case has profound repercussions. Our Founding Fathers created a government meant to protect our right to live according to our deeply held convictions. Our rights do not come from the state; therefore the state cannot take them away. It is almost unbelievable that our government is following playground rules instead of the Constitution. But do believe it. The
Becket Fund will continue to fight so that the government cannot bully
the Sisters--or any other American--in the form of crushing IRS fines.
The government insists that access to contraceptives and
life-terminating drugs is a higher value than deeply held religious
convictions. If they do this to the Sisters, what are they going to do next to each one of us who refuses to comply? Don't miss our lead attorney, Mark Rienzi, talking about the case tonight on the Megyn Kelly show.
In only 30 days we will be before the Supreme Court arguing on behalf
of the rights of the Green family of Hobby Lobby. Last week, legal
scholar Doug Laycock wrote about the case for the important SCOTUSblog. Civil rights attorney Peter Kirsanow wrote about it for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.