…in the Progressive war on women.
Here’s it’s the Obama administration’s response to Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s injunction staying Obama’s contraceptive mandate as it applies to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their nursing home/hospice in Colorado. Sotomayor, in issuing her injunction, had ordered the Obama administration to respond by last Friday morning with their argument for why the injunction should be lifted.
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s response boiled down to the Little Sisters have no legal claim: they aren’t harmed by authorizing contraceptives to be covered by an insurer in their name because they aren’t offering the coverage directly. Verrilli went on:
…are not required to offer group health plans in the first place. [They can make a] “choice” between two legal options: provide a group health plan or risk payment of the tax.
As The Wall Street Journal put it,
This case is simply a raw assertion of state power directing the religious to follow orders. Thus ObamaCare forces women who have taken a vow of chastity and minister for the dying to implicate themselves in what they consider to be grave moral wrongs.