On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision in the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the federal government and handed the good ladies a decisive win in the fight against government encroachment on religious freedom.
Officially, the vote was 7-2 with Justices Sotomayor and Bader-Ginsberg dissenting. But, really, the majority opinion was 3+2+2 with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority, and Justices Alito and Kagan writing concurring opinions. Basically, they came to the same conclusions from different directions: the federal government cannot force religious groups to violate their morals and beliefs with exemptions written into the law.
The law in question here is the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, which is slowly being dismantled piece by piece. Gone is the fine for the individual mandate, ruled a tax, for people who chose to go without health insurance when none is provided by an employer. Health insurance providers are writing policies that sidestep all the red tape of the online portals that never seemed to work very well. And now, a violation of religious freedom has been reversed and righted.
The argument used to justify the requirement, that it would deny women comprehensive health care, has pretty much been shredded over the years. Birth control is anywhere from free to not all that expensive in practice and is actually not necessary to live a healthy life. The same can be said for the violence of abortion which usually yields a host of new problems on top of the one it does not solve.
And so the nation has a group of nuns, women who have taken vows of poverty and chastity, to thank for the reaffirmation of religious freedom in the country. The government really does need to stay out of the health care industry altogether.
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