ACLJ Files Second Amicus Brief in Support of Religious Exemptions to Abortion-Pill Mandate | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

ACLJ Files Second Abortion-Pill Mandate Amicus Brief

By Geoffrey Surtees1512748800000

This week, the ACLJ filed a second amicus brief in support of the Administration’s recently issued Interim Final Rules granting religious and moral exemptions to the HHS abortion-pill Mandate. Our first brief was filed last week in the case of Pennsylvania v. Trump.

Like Pennsylvania, California filed a federal lawsuit against the Administration soon after it promulgated the exemptions under the Mandate. Joining California in this case are the states of Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and New York.

These states have asked the federal court in California to keep the Rules from going into effect until it issues a final ruling on the merits of the states’ legal claims. Importantly, they have asked that the court provide a ruling that would apply nationwide.

Should the court accede to the states’ request, the tremendous victory for religious freedom and the right of conscience effected by the new Rules will be short-lived. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor would once again be thrown into the unconscionable dilemma of having to choose between adhering to their moral and religious principles—at a cost so high it will shut them down—or kowtowing to the government’s abortifacient mandate in violation of those principles.

That is a choice the Sisters—or any other religious organization or believer—should not be forced to make. No one should ever be forced to pay for or provide abortion pills.

Our brief in the California case advances the same argument made in our brief in the Pennsylvania case: contrary to the assertions made by the states, the Rules do not violate the Establishment Clause. Like thousands of state and federal laws that offer religious exemptions for those burdened by a government-imposed requirement, the Rules are in keeping with our country’s longstanding commitment to honoring religious freedom and respecting the right of conscience.

Indeed, the original understanding of the Establishment Clause was that it prohibited Congress from establishing a national religion. It was never intended to prohibit the government from allowing individuals and groups to adhere to their religious commitments.

In his famous 1789 letter to the Quakers, George Washington, the Father of the Country, wrote:

The conscientious scruples of all men should be treated with great delicacy and tenderness: and it is my wish and desire, that the laws may always be extensively accommodated to them, as a due regard for the protection and essential interests of the nation may justify and permit.

Whether the wishes of George Washington will be honored in this case, or thwarted by state officials who think that free access to abortifacient drugs trumps the right of conscience, remains to be seen. We are certainly hopeful that the presiding judge in this case will make the correct decision to protect religious autonomy and freedom.

We will keep you posted as the California and Pennsylvania cases work their way through the courts. Much is at stake in this struggle for the preservation of the sacred right of conscience.

Life Begins at Conception

Pro Life  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we defend unborn babies, we urgently need your Tax-Deductible support. Chip in $5 or more today to defend life & defeat the abortion industry.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in
Pro Life

Roe v. Wade Decision Marks 48 Years – And Nearly 62 Million Babies Killed

By Jordan Sekulow1611331010139

Today marks a dark anniversary for our country that has resulted in the loss of American lives on an unfathomable scale. Not an act of war or a terrorist attack. Not a disease. This deadly scourge was and remains completely preventable. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court delivered its now...

read more

31 Senators Aim to Block Planned Parenthood From More Relief Funds

By Jordan Sekulow1611003643438

Planned Parenthood may be gearing up to make another play for federal relief funds intended for actual small businesses and not a billion-dollar abortion behemoth. This cannot be tolerated. A group of 31 pro-life Senators, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (AR), has taken action to block Planned Parenthood...

read more

Pro-abortion Justice Sotomayor Ironically Uses Pro-Life Talking Points

By Walter M. Weber1610731568758

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been a reliable pro-abortion vote on the Supreme Court. That didn’t change when she dissented from a recent pro-life victory in abortion-pill litigation. Yet ironically, in her dissent (joined by Justice Elena Kagan), Justice Sotomayor embraced several...

read more

Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death at Nearly 42% of Deaths

By Jordan Sekulow1610490296014

According to a new report , abortion is now the world’s leading cause of death, accounting for nearly 42% of all deaths worldwide. Let that sink in for a moment. That’s almost HALF. More than cancer. More than heart disease. More than any criminal violence. In 2020, our entire country, and indeed...

read more