Lawsuit Filed Against Obama Insurance Mandate
In the wake of the religious backlash against Barack Obama's heath insurance mandates (see "Obama Tells Catholics To Go To Hell"), a Catholic organization has filed suit against the law; This marks the third such lawsuit against Obama's health care plan.
Lawyers for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) say that the broadcasting network has taken the Obama administration to court over a mandate forcing Catholic employers to pay for birth control, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs.
Opponents of the regulation say that it's not birth control or abortion at stake - it's the right to religious freedom that the constitution currently allows for.
“The federal government cannot force people to violate their religion like this,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund and a constitutional law professor at the Catholic University of America. “Mother Angelica founded EWTN to spread the teachings of the Catholic Church—not to betray them.”
The move adds fuel to the growing sentiment against Obama's health insurance reform.
EWTN’s case is the third lawsuit brought by the Becket Fund challenging the Obama administration’s abortion drug mandate. The Becket Fund also represents Belmont Abbey College, a Benedictine Catholic college in North Carolina, and Colorado Christian University, a nondenominational Christian university in Colorado, in similar lawsuits. To date, the government has sought several extensions in those cases rather than answering the claims.