We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions

Sacramento, CA – To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well.

“Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be required by the state to violate their consciences through forced payments for abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Now, with this mandate in California that imposes forced abortion funding on churches, it has come time for men and women of faith to stand against this tyranny and refuse to comply with this unjust law that would make us accessories to the taking of innocent human life.”

Last year, Operation Rescue launched the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty,” which has been signed by most of the nation’s best respected pro-life leaders.

This Pledge has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’ regarding any scenario in which the Affordable Care Act forces individuals to participate – whether directly or indirectly – in the destruction of human life. In short, the pro-life movement has chosen one answer to being forced to fund abortion through healthcare: We will not comply.

“I have made the decision not to comply with any unjust law that would force me to pay for abortions – no matter the personal cost to me,” Newman said. “Instead, I have chosen to engage in peaceful civil disobedience rather than violate my faith and conscience. Those in California need to understand that this assault on our religious liberties is just the beginning. It will never end if we do not stand firm today and refuse to fund abortions. Religious freedom and the lives of babies that would be lost if we capitulate are more than worth the personal sacrifice. I invite Californians to join me in resisting this evil mandate.”

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Read Troy’s commentary “Now I’m an Unwilling Obamacare Outlaw

Religious Freedom at Stake in Obamacare Abortion, Contraception Mandate Appeal

StandwithPFLWashington, DC — Priests for Life has been in court since 2012 challenging the Obamacare mandates that force religious organizations to pay for abortion and contraception through insurance premiums. This court battle is in defense of religious liberties that are under attack by Obamacare’s mandates, which order people of faith to violate their consciences by paying to end innocent life.

Last December, the District Court in Washington, DC, ruled against Priests for Life, which immediately filed an appeal to prevent the enforcement of this draconian ruling that threatens religious freedom in the United States.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in this crucially important case.

In support of the Priests for Life legal effort to protect religious organizations from the oppressive mandates of Obamacare, an “all-star” cast of speakers will be featured at a “Religious Rally for Freedom” to be held at 9 to 11am, at 333 Constitution Ave NW in Washington, DC.

“If Priests for Life wins this suit, it will secure liberty for all faith-based organizations that oppose the shedding of innocent blood on religious grounds,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “But if they lose, we all will fall under the oppressive mandate that forces us to violate our conscience and pay for procedures and drugs that kill the innocent. At that point, those of us who will not submit to this tyranny will face certain persecution. We pray it doesn’t come to that. Please join us in standing in solidarity with Priests for Life on May 8th.”

Some of the notable men and women who will be speaking at the Rally include Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas; Josh Duggar, Executive Director of the Family Research Council; Lila Rose, President of Live Action; Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union; Sam Casey, Managing Director and General Counsel of the Law of Life Project; Rev. Rob Schenk, President of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital; Rev. Patrick Mahoney, President of Christian Defense Coalition.

Help us spread the word about the rally by joining with us for live tweeting with Father Frank, Bryan Kemper, Dr. Alveda King, Lila Rose and many more on May 8th from 9-11am using the #istandwithpfl hash tag and pray for PFL to be victorious in this case.

Can We Really Believe that Sebelius Doesn’t Know if Obamacare Pays for Abortions?

By Cheryl Sullenger

Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and testified under oath that she did not know if Obamacare paid for abortions. Can we seriously believe that?

We know Sebelius to be a radical abortion activist who, as Kansas Governor, invested the better part of her two terms covering up criminal abortions and blocking legislation that would have supplied oversight to abortionists who were running amok over the health and safety of women.

If there is one word that describes Sebelius’ actions as a public “servant” it is the word “cover-up.”

As governor, Sebelius covered up for filthy and unsafe abortion clinic conditions when she vetoed common sense clinic safety laws in 2003 and 2005. In her 2003 veto statement, Sebelius proudly declared that Kansas abortion clinics met the “highest standards for medical care in the country.” Meanwhile, abortion clinics in Kansas City and Wichita were operating in blood-smeared facilities infested with roaches and other vermin while George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic in Wichita was sending one woman after another to the Emergency Room – and one to the morgue.

If this is what Sebelius considers the “highest standards for medical care,” then we have every right to be concerned on several levels about Obamacare under Sebelius’ administration.

In fact, Sebelius hosted a secret soiree for Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s Mansion in 2007 while Tiller was under criminal investigation by the Attorney General’s office. Photographs of that event that were obtained and published by Operation Rescue show a cozy relationship between Sebelius and Tiller and have appeared recently on Fox News and other news outlets as evidence of Sebelius’ avid support of radical late-term abortions opposed by the vast majority of Americans.

However, when we made public those photos and the receipts that proved the party was paid for by Kansas taxpayers, Sebelius fabricated a story that the party was a prize Tiller won at a silent auction held by a Political Action Committee. Operation Rescue again obtained evidence that her story was completely untrue and that taxpayers did indeed foot the bill for the lavish steak-and-lobster gala.

Soon after, Sebelius appeared at a birthday party thrown in her honor by Planned Parenthood where jubilant abortion supporters danced the conga line in celebration of Sebelius’ policies that aided their cause.

Operation Rescue would soon catch Sebelius in more untruths. During her confirmation hearings for the HHS post, Operation Rescue published documents that proved she low-balled the amount of campaign contributions she had received from her friend, Tiller. She was forced to amend her statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. That moment of deception delayed her confirmation, but should have derailed it.

Over and over again, the mainstream media has ignored documented evidence of deception benefitting her abortionist friends that should have completely discredited Sebelius long ago. Each time she was caught red-handed in a cover-up of the truth, reporters gave her a pass.

Now, we are supposed to believe Sebelius when she says she does not know if abortion is funded under Obamacare when that issue has been a point of numerous legal challenges and a famous filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz? Her statement has all the earmarks of another cover-up.

We know the truth, even if Sebelius won’t admit to it. Obamacare has carefully obscured numerous ways to fund abortion through premiums in some cases and through a surcharge in others. That surreptitious funding represents billions of dollars in tax-payer funded bail-out money to an abortion industry that has been imploding in recent years. Just this year alone 46 abortion clinics have closed and abortion numbers continue to fall.

Operation Rescue calls on Sebelius to admit her true agenda and resign. Her Obamacare scheme is a failure that hurting the American people who are losing their legitimate healthcare plans by the millions. That has left the rest of us to pay exorbitantly high premiums along with hidden surcharges that fund the taking of lives of innocent babies.

Sebelius recently said that she “doesn’t work” for those calling for her resignation. She’s probably right. She’s far too busy working for her cronies in the abortion industry to make sure the American people unwittingly pay to bail out their grisly child-killing businesses.

It is time for a “pitchfork rebellion” of sorts to the tyrannical Obamacare debacle. Please join us in rejecting participation in this immoral scheme to force Americans to pay for abortion by signing the Pledge for the Preservation of Liberty. We will not comply with the Obama/Sebelius order that compels us to violate our consciences by funding the taking of innocent life through abortion. If enough of us stand strong, we can make a difference.

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Now I’m an Unwilling Obamacare Outlaw

Commentary by Troy Newman

Today I’ve become an outlaw; a dissenter; an enemy of the state. Without my consent, the U.S. Congress passed a law that forces my conscience and conviction into an inescapable corner. I do not want to be in this position. I did not ask for it. I have not even taken a single action that would put me on the wrong side of the law – yet, somehow, here I am suddenly “breaking” it.

Eighteen years ago, I left my full-time job with an aerospace firm in San Diego to become a full-time ordained minister. When I left my employment, I also left my health insurance. Since my new position as a minister scarcely paid the bills, my family relied on God’s provision to cover all of our healthcare needs, as well as everything else in our lives. Again and again, God showed Himself faithful, and I slowly learned over the next two decades to put all of my trust in Him.

When my children were born, the money to pay the doctors was delivered too. When someone was sick, or needed stitches, or a broken bone set, or a minor surgery, God would provide the means necessary to cover the medical costs incurred.

Thankfully, all seven of us have been relatively healthy. We eat right, we exercise, and we don’t participate in risky lifestyles. (Though, some might argue that it was hazardous for 5 members of our family to pursue our black belts in martial arts.)

For the record, I’m not opposed to insurance. I have insurance on my house and car. I have a term life insurance policy in case the Lord takes me home a little early. But, when it comes to health insurance, each year I have weighed the costs and have opted to take a pay-as-you-go approach. For my family, that approach works, just as it works for hundreds of millions of people around the globe every day.

I also do not think I’m invincible. I am fully aware that this body of mine will not go on forever, but my life is in the Lord’s hands, and I believe history shows that there are far worse possibilities than death – like living under a totalitarian government with no respect for our belief of freedom.

Left unchecked, this new healthcare law is fully capable of leading the United States into becoming a police state. That may sound crazy to some – like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat or something – but I’m a student of history, and it doesn’t take long to see the scope of past civilizations that have been seduced into surrendering, first, their rights, and then their lives, all under the offer of some so-called protection.

I’ve read the healthcare law; it isn’t going to protect, save, or help any of us. What it is going to do, however, is strip away our rights and directly fund abortion. I have consulted with several experts and law firms on the imbedded abortion funding in the new healthcare law, and I can say with certainty: ObamaCare forces us to pay for abortion.

So, let me be very clear on this new healthcare: I may be the very person Congress is claiming to help, but I don’t want or need their assistance regarding my family’s health. I am a free citizen who pays my medical bills as they come. Furthermore, I am absolutely morally opposed to funding baby killers. In fact, I have spent the last two decades fighting to stop abortion, and I will be damned if I’m going to give them any money now.

This is not the case of a rebel searching for a cause. This cause found me when Congress decided our Constitutional rights and our pre-born children were expendable. I wasn’t a criminal yesterday, or for the past 18 years, but somehow today I find myself on the other side of the law. So be it. I’ve seen all the chest thumping coming from Washington, and I’ve heard all about “red-lines” and “no negotiations,” but I’m just a simple man with a simple plan.

I’m not buying a healthcare policy that will fund abortion, and I’m certainly not paying any penalty for freely choosing to do so. At some point, they may lock me up. Before that, I’ll probably get some threatening letters and a few visits from the healthcare cops. At the end of the day, however, my answer will be the same:

I trust in the Lord and I comply with all just laws, but I will not comply with any unlawful mandate to participate in the killing of innocent children.

If you feel the same way, I encourage you to look at A Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty. If you are able, add your signature, and be one of the first to tell Congress: Thanks, but no thanks. We prefer a respect for life and our nation’s hard-earned religious freedom!

[This commentary also appeared on WND.com, LifeNews.com and LifeSiteNews.com]

The Obamacare Abortion Bail-Out Must be Defunded – Act Now!

Washington, DC – The Obamacare health insurance scheme, along with its embedded abortion coverage, is slated to go into effect on October 1, 2013, unless Congress finds a way to stop it.

Last Friday, 50 leaders from national pro-life groups across America issued a joint statement of defiance, declaring that they will not comply with Obamacare, which causes men and women of faith to violate their consciences by forcing them to purchase health insurance that pays for abortions.

The signers are asking others of like conscience to sign on to the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty” and send a strong message to Washington that we will not tolerate the dismantling of our religious freedoms.

Today, Students for Life in America released a helpful new flyer explaining how the complex Obamacare system funds abortions. That flyer can be downloaded here.

“The Obama Administration has overstepped its bounds by forcing the faith community to fund abortion in violation of our deeply held religious beliefs in the sanctity of human life,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We cannot and will not comply with this tyrannical law that strips us of our God-given right to practice our religious beliefs and compels us to participate in the shedding of innocent blood through the funding of abortion.”

As the Senate continues to debate the national debt and considers House amendments to defund Obamacare, we are asking all who oppose the forced funding of abortion to contact their Congressmen and Senators today and demand that Obamacare be defunded.

We are also asking men and women of faith to fast and pray for our country today and tomorrow so that this national debacle, which will not only cost the lives of pre-born babies but will diminish the quality of health care to all Americans, costing untold additional lives, can somehow be averted.

  • Contact your Senator and Congressman using an easy e-mail form with a pre-written message.
  • Learn More and Sign the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty”
  • List of Signers