More businesses stand up to the government’s HHS mandate

The HHS mandate went into effect yesterday, and more businesses are standing up, refusing to be bullied, and refusing to abdicate their religious liberties.  Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review published an interview with one such business owner

Carrie Kolesar, whose family owns Seneca Hardwood Lumber in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, told Kathryn:

The health-care law puts my family in an impossible dilemma, where we have to choose between violating our freedom of conscience and giving up freedoms protected under the Constitution, or facing severe government penalties that will harm our families and put us out of business.  No American should be faced with a decision like that.

The family is Catholic, and believes that following the government’s dictate in the HHS mandate would violate their conscience and their faith.  The family, along with Presbyterian Geneva College, is suing the HHS over the mandate.  Carrie continues:

We only ask that the government uphold freedom and not bully us into purchasing insurance for ourselves and our employees that would force us to abandon essential tenets of our faith.

So, what is the problem with following the mandate? And why are the Kolesar family suing the HHS?

Shortly after the mandate was issued, we realized that if we could no longer ask our insurance company to write out products and procedures that we believe are wrong, we would be unable to ethically provide insurance for ourselves and our employees.

 

A few weeks after the mandate was finalized, I saw that Alliance Defending Freedom was taking a case for a private business and I contacted them for advice regarding our situation. The HHS mandate has put us in a situation where we can’t provide insurance for ourselves and our employees without violating our moral obligations and freedom of conscience. My parents, my siblings, and I believe that the public and our government need to be more aware of the problems caused when we don’t protect freedom of conscience.

Kathryn Lopez then asked if a business had the right to keep coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization from employees, who might not agree.

Every American, including family-business owners, should be free to live and do business according to his or her faith. Faith is not a separate compartment of one’s life but is part of every decision. A government that demands I leave my faith at home when I go to work doesn’t understand faith or freedom. We ask only that the government uphold freedom and not bully us into purchasing insurance for ourselves and our employees that would force us to abandon essential tenets of our faith.

 

Kolesar concludes:

The health-care law puts my family in an impossible dilemma, where we have to choose between violating our freedom of conscience and giving up freedoms protected under the Constitution, or facing severe government penalties that will harm our families and put us out of business. No American should be faced with a decision like that.

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