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More Lawsuits Filed Over Birth Control Mandate

More Lawsuits Filed Over Birth Control Mandate

The Catholic Bishops and their devotees will simply not give up on the attacks over the Obama administration’s birth control mandate.

Legatus, a Catholic organization that represents owners and operators of private businesses sued the administration over the mandate, making this the 10th legal challenge filed by groups opposing health care reform. Legatus is represented by anti-choice law firm the Thomas More Law Center and challenges the mandate on the grounds of “religious freedom.”

From the opening paragraph of the complaint:

This is a case about religious freedom. Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father of our country, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and our third president, when describing the construct of our Constitution proclaimed, ‘No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.’

The plaintiffs are asking a court enjoin the implementation of the mandate as well as challenging the constitutionality of the mandate under the First Amendment. Like other social challenges, the litigation strategy is quite clear: flood the courts with as many challenges as possible to try and expedite Supreme Court intervention.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued a statement about the lawsuit, saying he is glad it has been filed:  “I congratulate Legatus for deciding to jump into the legal assault on the HHS Mandate. This brings the total to ten lawsuits, including that of Priests for Life. It is a strategic benefit to have various lawsuits in different parts of the country, so that more courts get involved in ruling on the issues involved, and creating the potential kind of conflict that the Supreme Court may be more likely to resolve.”

Could it be that the Roberts Court will hear both a challenge to Roe v. Wade and a challenge to Griswold v. Connecticut? If the religious right gets its way the answer is pretty clearly yes.

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3:57PM PDT on May 31, 2012

This just shows all the Catholics out there where all their hard earned tithing money is going.
The Bishops are blowing millions on expensive lawyers and stupid lawsuits that won't GO ANYWHERE. Everybody in their RIGHT MIND knows that it's AGAINST THE LAW for the CATHOLIC CHURCH to FORCE THEIR BULLSHIT DOGMA on the PUBLIC. These dudes are a bunch of nightgown dressing IDIOTS, WASTING ALL THE POOR CATHOLIC PEOPLES' MONEY! But on the positive side, these lawsuits prove they have crossed the line between separation of CHURCH and STATE. They have stuck their FAT NOSES into the STATE and they must lose their TAX EXEMPT STATUS. Sign this petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/38/abolish-the-tax-exempt-status-of-catholic-businesses/

12:03AM PDT on May 18, 2012

I wish the priests cared as much about abused children , instead of protecting the abusers in their midst

10:41PM PDT on May 17, 2012

These people bringing the suits, like Priests for Life, forget that not everybody is RC and by them challenging healthcare reform for the reasons they cite, they are denying freedom of religion to many, many others. Corporations (businesses) are not people and therefore should not have 1st amendment rights, although these groups are probably thinking that Citizens United has changed all that.

The RC church has enough on its plate without sticking its 12th century nose into everything. If the RC church had its way, the masses would be unwashed and illiterate, wholly dependent on the local priest for all things, including how and what to think. It should tell these ancient despots something if they listened to parishoners, that many RC women do take birth control.

This is not a religious issue but a male power issue and it is about time that these little boys in dresses came into the 21st century.

6:14PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Henry the VIIIth isn`t exactly a feminist icon but ironically it was he who separated the UK population from the interventions of an obsessive Catholic church. If the Catholic church had its way there would be starving children in every street, no food to feed them, due to lack of space, and no wilderness left to exploit either. Thankfully, the Church of England has no problem accommodating both sacred and scientific thought, or upholding the right and reason of family planning.

9:39AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Are corporations licensed to operate in the US by the Church? Or by the social collective as it operates through our government? The separation of Church and State was designed to prevent this type of religious takeover of our government.

Conscience as presented by Jefferson was never meant to imply Church. The Founding Fathers set our government up in order to allow conscience to fill our lives free from Church control. They were for the most part Rosicrucians and Free Masons, spiritual esoteric organizations that the Church feared and advocated against. Their liberal political agenda was based on their spiritual and social understanding of compassion, love and charity in a far more universal manner than the Church could ever hope to achieve with its narrow political drive for power and white Christian supremacy.

10:45PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Religion is a personal right only and not one you can implement onto others without violating theirs. it does not belong to corporations or government. This would not be an issue had corporations not vied for entity as an individual. We, the moderates and liberals, should take that back to court. They would not have time to attack women and health care if they had to go to the defense. Women (men who get it) - vote them out!

7:47PM PDT on May 16, 2012

If their conscience says don't take birth control, they are not being forced to take birth control. It is their religious liberty. If they hire a person who wants to take birth control, they don't want that person to follow their conscience? They don't want that person to have religious liberty?

They are running a business. If they don't want to obey the same laws every other business has to obey, they are not being forced to be a business. It is their religious liberty.

5:57PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Much better to let a woman have access to contraception than have an unplanned pregnancy.

5:18PM PDT on May 16, 2012

I have seen two year olds in the throws of a terrible temper tantrum and am reminded of the religious right and other oppressive religious groups. It's all about what they want! They want all the toys, and expect you to forget, and forgive no matter how repulsive their misbehavior is! I think it's time for a a long time out--like forever.

5:11PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thanks.

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