The executive branch’s unprecedented, obstinate, and repeated refusal to obey religious-freedom protections in the Constitution and federal law should alarm every American. First the Obama administration declared that families don’t have religious freedom if they operate private businesses. Now it insists that nuns must designate someone else to go get abortion pills and contraception under a phony compromise that forces the nuns to pretend that they aren’t violating their faith while they are violating their faith. The administration falsely told the Supreme Court that the Sisters’ “certification” merely expresses religious beliefs. In fact, the certification explicitly tells the insurer they have a duty to go get abortion pills and contraception under the Sisters’ plan.
— Matthew S. Bowman is senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.