The National Organization For Women (NOW) a group not known for avoiding controversy has begun a proactive campaign directed against yet another viewpoint with which it disagrees.
NOW’s website (now.org) reveals the new initiative’s mission statement, “One hundred entities have filed lawsuits against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Stand with NOW and tell them it is not acceptable for employers to impose their personal beliefs on their employees.” A National Examiner report, of July 7, tells of ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’, a group of nuns rendering hospice-like care to the elderly, are discovering that their religious-based choices and beliefs don’t exempt them from the NOW tally. “The Dirty 100” targets the nuns, and others, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby Case. The High Court ruled Hobby Lobby, a retail chain, and like-minded employers are right to altogether reject the ACA contraception mandate, especially since the provision contradicts those organizations’ religious beliefs. Little Sisters of the Poor are not the only Catholic or religious group winding up on NOW’s (Dirty) list.
Other Catholic organizations targeted include ‘Priests For Life’, as well as 12 Dioceses.
A pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may send the message to Washington that it’s not a good idea to interfere with religious freedom.
Recently, the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby was argued before the High Court. For the past couple of months, it appears justices may be leaning towards a favorable ruling supporting the chain retailer’s religious beliefs. The issue? Whether Hobby Lobby, or any other employer can be compelled to make available mandatory contraceptive treatment coverage to employees.
Hobby Lobby is not the only organization to feel the heat of Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” George Mason University law professor, Helen Alvare, reports in the Hill of June 25, that coinciding with this litigation involving a private-sector employer, is a similar matter concerning Little Sisters of the Poor, a non-profit comprised of 30 homes in the United States: facilities assisting in caring for the dying elderly. The Obama administration says the sisters are bound by the same Affordable Care Act contraception requirement. Noncompliance potentially equals fines in the millions for the sisters, who say they are just simply adhering to their religious beliefs.
A creed, like Hobby Lobby’s, is opposed to birth control. Their case is at the lower Federal Appellate Court level. So far, judges there have temporarily halted the fines against the sisters, but for both entities the legal wrangling is far from over.