Commentary

Obama's Act of Tyranny

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 10, 2012 | 3:12pm EST

The edict President Barack Obama passed down today—that every health-care plan in America must pay for sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions--is an act of tyranny.

To individual American Catholics, and those who share the Catholic religious and moral conviction that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are wrong, Obama said: I am ordering you to buy a health insurance plan that violates the teachings of your faith and your conscience.

To insurance companies, Obama said: If you do business with a Catholic organization--or a religiously based organization that shares the Catholic view on sterilization, contraception or abortion--you must provide sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients to the employees of that organization free of charge.

This is exactly as if Obama were to say to grocery stores: You must provide milk, meat, and bread to your customers free of charge.

We have here not only a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of conscience, guaranteed by the First Amendment, but a violation of the property rights of insurance companies.

The president’s edict that Americans must buy insurance plans that cover all FDA approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, means he is saying to Americans: You must pay a private company to dispense drugs that kill unborn children.

No man has the rightful moral authority to issue such an order. It is an act of tyranny.

Watch Obama deliver his edict:

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