An attorney suggests that new rules affecting the Affordable Care Act may make it vulnerable to another round of lawsuits.
The federal rules require healthcare providers to participate in sex-change therapy and surgery and abortion, regardless of their conscience or religious beliefs. Attorney Anna Paprocki of Americans United for Life says the rules acknowledge federal protections for conscience but the rule itself doesn’t contain them.
“It becomes a question [of] why are you throwing this in there in the first place when we’re talking about categorizing discrimination on the basis of sex to include abortion or termination of pregnancy?” she explains. “The question is why they are doing that – but it does at least purport to acknowledge that there are some existing federal conscience laws.”
However, ObamaCare tried to force insurance coverage for contraception and abortion-causing drugs on Catholic nuns – specifically, the Little Sisters of the Poor – even though the Constitution provides for religious freedom.