Shame on John Boehner…..
A group of freshmen congressmen on Wednesday said that a regulation issued under Obamacare by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has taken freedom of religion away from Americans.
The regulation that requires health plans to offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients free of charge became effective today, Aug. 1. It has been unanimously denounced by the Catholic bishops of the United States as “unjust and illegal mandate” that forces Catholic individuals, business owners and institutions to act against the teachings of their faith.
“We’re still home of the brave, but we’re not the land of the free anymore,” said Rep. Billy Long (R.-Mo.)
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could stop this regulation that Republican members and the Catholic Church have called an attack on religious liberty by prohibiting funding for it in the next continuing resolution to fund the government after Sept. 30. However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and other House Republicans have indicated that they will fund the implementation of the regulation.
Despite his apparent intention to fund it, Boehner himself has described the regulation as “an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Long was joined at the U.S. Capitol in denouncing the regulation by Representatives Mike Kelly (R.-Pa.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) in vowing to stand against the regulation.
“It’s outrageous that this administration believes it’s within their power to force people to violate their right of religion if it interferes with this administration’s agenda,” said Nunnelee. “It should disturb people of all faiths, or for that matter people of no faith at all, that President Obama has such a low opinion of the First Amendment that he would trample on these rights.”
At least 154 members of Congress have already denounced the HHS “preventive services” regulation that mandates that nearly all health insurance plans in the United States must offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.
“The federal government was put in place to protect our rights, not to grant those rights,” Buerkle added.
Rep. Kelly said August 1 would now forever be ingrained in American history.
“I know in your mind you can think of the times that America was attacked: one is December 7th, that’s the Pearl Harbor date,” he said. “The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack.”
“I want you to remember August 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom,” said Kelly. “That is a date that will live in infamy along with those other dates.”
“The question is if not us, who, if not now, when?” Kelly said. “It is our turn, there is no option, we have to stand up now and defend our Constitution.”