At the root of the issue is Obamacare’s policy that women should get contraceptives for nothing, “even when they can afford them,” notes Murdock, “as most women did until Obama decided to give them away, like perfume samples.
“Even worse, the president insists that the cost of these freebies should be borne, at least partially, by people who believe, wrongly or rightly, that contraception is evil.
“Obama is a spectacularly powerful man who flexes his gargantuan political muscles so he can have his way with comparatively powerless females,” writes Murdock. “Disgusting. Obama should unhand the Little Sisters of the Poor so they can spread their love. Meanwhile, women should acquire contraceptives just as Obama expects men to obtain condoms — with their own money.”
The Obama Administration laments that all they are asking is that the Little Sisters of the Poor sign a meaningless form that will exempt the nuns from having to pay insurance that provides free contraceptives.
“But if this self-certification form is so meaningless,” asks Walsh, “why is the government fighting so hard to get the Sisters to sign it? That’s because it has plenty of meaning, as Houston-based Judge Lee Rosenthal pointed out in a case to block the mandate brought by East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University.
Many of the Little Sisters are as old as their patients.
“The act of self-certification does more than simply state the organization’s religious objection,” the judge said. The form also tells a third party – the insurance company providing Obamacare for the nuns, that it must pick up the expense.
The form, notes Walsh, notifies the insurance company that “it must provide the organization’s employees coverage that gives those employees free access to the problematic devices and products, and that it must notify the employees of that benefit.”
Judge Rosenthal concluded that the form is not meaningless at all, but instead, “the purpose and effect of the form is to accomplish what the organization finds religiously forbidden.”
“That’s the gist of the nuns’ argument,” writes Walsh. “and if they were picketers (which they are not), their mantra would be ‘Lord Divine, we can’t sign.’ The Little Sisters are letting conscience be their guide.
The nuns continue their work
“The penalties these nuns face can now be enforced by the government against countless Catholic hospitals, schools and social services ministries nationwide except where courts have blocked them.
“How unfair is that? If the nuns lose this battle rooted in fidelity to conscience, so does America.”