There’s the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the “contraceptive” mandate in Obamacare. Now get ready for the full-fledged abortion mandate.
During oral arguments in March, when trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to let it force Hobby Lobby to comply with its contraceptive mandate, the Obama administration made a striking admission.
Hobby Lobby and its lawyers from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had argued that the government’s position, if accepted, would allow the government to force people to pay for abortions.
The government did not deny the charge. In fact, it admitted that its legal arguments would justify an abortion mandate.
Responding to a question posed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Obama administration’s lawyer answered “you’re right” that “under our theory” the government could force payment for all abortions.
With that admission, the high stakes in the Hobby Lobby case grew even clearer. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion for those who choose the procedure.
But, while Roe and its progeny can be fairly criticized for many failures, these cases do not require that people who conscientiously object to being involved be forced by the government to participate, either by assisting in or performing the abortion, referring for abortions, or funding abortions.
That’s as it should be if the “pro-choice” mantra is taken at face value. If the so-called “right” to abortion is based on the “freedom of choice,” it would be bizarre to force unwilling people to participate in abortions if they choose not to.
Pushing the court to accept the mandates of Obamacare, the Obama administration’s arguments reveal the truth: Abortion is not about choice, but coercion.