Writing at the amateur webzine, Slate, radical feminista and noted abortion advocate, Amanda Marcotte weighed in on the Obama adminstration’s contraception fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor.
As Rich Lowrey explained at National Review, the Catholic nuns want no part in authorizing coverage of contraceptive or abortive drugs:
When the contraception mandate first caused an uproar, the administration contrived a so-called accommodation for religiously oriented groups (actual churches have always been exempt). But whoever crafted it had a sick sense of humor. The very same document by which a group registers its moral objection to contraceptives and abortifacients also authorizes the insurer to cover them for the group’s employees. What the accommodation gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.
The Little Sisters refuse to sign such a document. They happen to be in an unusual situation because they get their insurance from another religiously affiliated organization opposed to contraceptives and abortifacients, so it may be that these drugs don’t get covered no matter what. But the Little Sisters can’t be sure of this — the regulations are complicated and subject to change.
In making the point that by signing the form, the nuns would be exempting themselves from having to cover their employees, (so what’s the problemo??!!), Marcotte accused the Little Sisters of the Poor – an order of nuns who have dedicated their lives to helping the poor, sick and elderly, of trying to “weasel out of it.”
That’s right: These groups are arguing that filling out a form is a violation of their religious freedom and that “religious freedom” means that you should have control over your employee’s health care decisions even when they happen outside of the insurance coverage you directly provide for them. Even the lawyer for one of the groups, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, admits that this lawsuit is about trying to weasel out of nothing more onerous than signing a piece of paper. “Without an emergency injunction,” Mark Rienzi told the Associated Press, “Mother Provincial Loraine Marie Maguire has to decide between two courses of action: (a) sign and submit a self-certification form, thereby violating her religious beliefs; or (b) refuse to sign the form and pay ruinous fines.”
Last Friday, Megyn Kelly cited the Slate column when she interviewed Mark Rienzi about the case. He said, the form is actually a permission slip.
Rienzi made the point that the Obama DOJ would not be fighting the nuns all the way to the Supeme Court and threatening them with huge fines if this were merely an innocent exemption form as the Obama administration and its acolytes suggest.
The nuns’ objection to this is not just about their objection to contraception, but on the Government’s lack of a Constitutional right to dictate what is and is not “religious”.They feel that signing anything would amount to conceding that the Government has a role, here.