SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers that benefit from the state's health care plan might want to keep an eye out for a notice from their health care provider - especially if they adhere to their religious tenets and oppose financially supporting the killing of unborn babies.
Life Advocacy Resource Project reports a Missouri state lawmaker is suing the federal government for "violating their religious liberty, free speech and parental rights by requiring them to subscribe to group insurance coverage for their family that includes abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and birth control.”
State Rep. and Mrs. Joseph Wieland was notified by Missouri's Consolidated Health Care plan that “as of Aug. 1, 2013, he would no longer be able to receive health coverage that is free of abortion-inducing drugs."
Illinois-based Thomas More Society, which is representing the Wieland family in the lawsuit, reports that "[Rep.] Wieland had specifically enrolled in a program that did not cover these items, which he and his family consider objectionable.”
The change in Missouri’s plan is forced by the state’s involvement in ObamaCare and the controversial contraception mandate foisted on Americans via a regulation issued by Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Thomas More special counsel Timothy Belz was quoted in the news release: “The particulars of ObamaCare are now forcing our clients [the Wieland family] to participate in something they consider an intrinsic evil. … The intention of the founding fathers was to protect people from government imposition into their religious convictions. Instead,” said Mr. Belz, “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,” he said, “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.”