As Han Solo told Luke, “That’s great, kid! Don’t get cocky.” Next on BreakPoint, a call for both interjection and renewed bid by defenders of eremite freedom.
Back in May, the boss sealed an executive sequence instructing supervision agencies to ‘consider amending existent regulations’ to residence the problems with the HHS mandate.
It was a plain first step toward safeguarding eremite freedom, and many of us hoped that the betrothed second step would be shortly forthcoming. And yet, at the same time we offering a sign then that if we had even “gotten the executive sequence many of us hoped for, it still would have been, at best a proxy help.”
On Friday, a definitively some-more estimable step was taken by the administration to strengthen the rights of conscience. And once again, I’m grateful. And nonetheless again, we offer a sign that at most, this is a proxy reprieve, not a victory.
The step taken Friday by the administration addresses the many gross tools of the HHS mandate: its insusceptibility to eremite leisure and leisure of conscience.
While the charge released churches, it forced eremite institutions such as colleges, hospitals, even eremite orders to violate their demur by providing and subsidizing abortion-inducing remedy and contraception. The Obama administration took the foolish position that radically only churches were eremite employers.
On Friday, the DOJ announced what’s famous as the “interim final rule,” which keeps the charge in place for the immeasurable infancy of employers’ employees, but dramatically expands the Obama administration’s slight categories for eremite exemption.
Friday’s order creates what the Beckett Fund called a “targeted, commonsense protection” for eremite nonprofits and employers with eremite and/or dignified objections to contraception. And it ends the foolish state of affairs where eremite colleges, Catholic nuns, and other eremite non-profits are not deliberate eremite employers.
And speaking of nonsensical, the response to this proclamation was, to put it mildly, melodramatic. The New York Times, CNN and others breathlessly announced this a blow for women’s rights. A journal in Erie, Pennsylvania announced that “Dropping birth control coverage puts women’s health at stake.”
In reality, the series of women potentially influenced by this change is the minute fragment of those differently covered by the mandate. And, as the Obama administration certified before the Supreme Court, “there are many other ways for women to accept [contraceptive] services.”
Adding to the nonsense, the ACLU fast announced that it would challenged the halt final order in court, as did California. While they’re doubtful to prevail, it’s a sign that we still have the work cut out for us.
For starters, this final halt order doesn’t finish lawsuit like the Little Sisters’ challenge. They still haven’t obtained a final service from the courts. Until then, they can’t be certain where they mount legally. And this policy, just like the strange mandate, can be changed depending on who’s in the White House. Only a legislative solution, not an executive decision, can henceforth strengthen eremite leisure when it comes to medical law.
But an even some-more critical change is needed, and that’s in the culture. Most often, as we like to contend around here, politics is downstream from culture. Ultimately, no law or law can secure eremite leisure if the informative imagination is lost. And sadly, in this case it is.
Many Americans, generally on the left, consider that eremite leisure is just prejudice or is trying to levy faith on others. That’s wrong and unfair, but it’s still what they believe. As prolonged as so many of the neighbors are ignorant about what the free practice of sacrament means, the pursuit has to be to help them understand.
As we pronounced back in May, “This is where the battle for eremite leisure will be fought, possibly won or lost, no matter who sits in the Oval Office.” It’s as loyal currently as it was then, despite this very good news.
The HHS Mandate Rolled Back: Good News, Still More Work to Do
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