The following is a statement from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today, which upheld the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring almost all citizens to purchase health insurance, defining the mandate to purchase insurance as a "tax."
"Today's ruling is confusing and very disappointing, but is in no way the end of the battle against the many injustices of the 'Affordable Care Act,' also known as 'Obamacare.' We are confident that the 12 pending federal lawsuits brought by 43 different organizations against the Obama administration's HHS department will be validated by the Supreme Court, and that religious freedom will again be upheld in law."
"We remain very concerned about the many serious moral failings of the health care law, which have sparked a wave of opposition rallies across the nation. Under the Affordable Care Act, abortions are free of charge, but life saving medicine and treatments require a co-pay. All Americans who are on government subsidized healthcare plans (which would be almost all Americans) will be forced to pay for abortion through a hidden surcharge that insurance companies are not even allowed to tell their customers about, except in the initial sign up process. This is how radically pro-abortion the Obama administration really is, and its 'health care reform' policy reflects this radical stance.
"And we know that this administration has stirred up unprecedented unified opposition from the Catholic Church and many other denominations over another of the Act's mandates, one forcing religious employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception regardless of moral or religious objection. Here again we see the radical priorities of the Obama administration, and what it really thinks of those who disagree with those priorities.
"Further, we know a panel has been created that will make policy decisions with life and death implications based in large part on a cost-benefit analysis that reduces many of the most vulnerable persons to factors in an equation.
"This administration's reckless anti-life takeover of an industry that intimately affects all Americans has shown their true colors. We can leave nothing to chance. The entire Affordable Care Act -- really the Affordable Abortion Act -- must be scrapped, and we must see a new attempt to reform our health care system based on the dignity of the human person. This reform should be more humble and measured, targeted at specific areas that can be approved, and not a massive power grab by the executive branch. Finally, we must reject any attempt to allow the most vulnerable to be killed at either end of the life spectrum based solely on the desires of the healthy and powerful."
About HLI: Human Life International: For the Glory of God and defense of Life, Faith and Family. Founded in 1981, HLI is the world's largest international pro-life and pro-family organization, with affiliates and associates in over 100 countries on six continents. www.hli.org
On a personal note: After Illinois passed the law that all drivers carry car insurance, I had a minor fender bender with someone. Not only did they not have insurance, they didn't have a driver's license. To top it all off, there was a six month old baby laying in the back seat of the car. No car seat, no restraints whatsoever.
The police took them to the police station, but three days later, I saw the same person, same car, same baby (laying in the back seat, no restraints) driving down the street.
My husband was against that law from the get go because he foresaw that you can't make people buy something unless there are serious repercussions. I was for that law until I saw that it didn't work.