Texas Defends against Obamacare’s Assault on Freedom of Religion
Proposed federal rule’s compulsory funding of contraceptives violates First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after Texas and several states challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s rule that compels religious organizations to provide health coverage that conflicts with their moral and religious beliefs:
“Obamacare’s latest mandate tramples the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion and compels people of faith to act contrary to their convictions. The President’s so called ‘accommodation’ was nothing but a shell game: the mandate still requires religious organizations to subsidize and authorize conduct that conflicts with their religious principles. The very first amendment to our Constitution was intended to protect against this sort of government intrusion into our religious convictions.”
States’ legal challenges to the federal rule:
• The rule conflicts with the First Amendment’s basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech and association.
• The rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring the federal government to troll through an organization’s religious beliefs to determine whether the organization is religious enough to be exempt from the rule’s mandates.
• The rule’s practical effect will force religious employers and organizations to drop health insurance coverage, which will effect increased enrollment in state Medicaid programs and state-subsidized hospitals and medical centers.
The state coalition includes Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. The co-plaintiffs are Pius X Catholic High School, The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, Catholic Social Services, Stacy Molai and Sister Mary Catherine, CK.
States' legal challenge to Obamacare mandate