Obamacare: Rep. Paul Wieland Sues Feds Over "Intrinsically Evil" Plan Covering Birth Control
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and on view below, argues that the family's religious freedom is being violated. An excerpt:
The Mandate unconstitutionally forces the Plaintiffs to violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs under threat of having to forfeit the valuable job benefit of employer sponsored insurance coverage or health coverage for themselves and their daughters. The Mandate also forces the Plaintiffs to fund government-dictated speech that is directly at odds with their own speech and religious beliefs and practices. The government forcing the Plaintiffs to pay money for the privilege of practicing their religion or controlling their own speech is un-American, unprecedented, and flagrantly unconstitutional. The Mandate also unconstitutionally interferes with Plaintiffs' parental rights and fundamental right to family integrity.
Timothy Belz, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, says in a statement:
The intention of the founding fathers was to protect people from government imposition into their religious convictions. Instead, the federal government is now coercing our clients into abandoning their religious views and interfering with these parents' right to raise their daughters within their Catholic principles. The federal government has ignored the rights of individuals, such as the Wielands, who hold sincere religious beliefs that condemn abortion and any medication or procedure that causes abortion.
Wieland has three daughters -- ages twelve, eighteen and nineteen -- and says that it is wrong for him to enroll in an insurance plan that contradicts the morals he has taught them.
via wielandnow.com Rep. Paul Wieland.
"As a devout Catholic, I believe in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death," he tells us. "Anything that interferes with that I see as intrinsically evil."
Here's a full copy of the suit.