Yesterday, seven states and an assortment of others filed suit in Federal District Court in Nebraska challenging the administration’s new regulation concerning “free” birth control.
The suit was brought by the states of Nebraska, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Michigan, as well as several Catholic institutions and individuals.
‘This regulation forces millions of Americans to choose between following religious convictions and complying with federal law,’ [Nebraska’s Attorney General Jon] Bruning said in a news release.
He called the regulation a violation of the First Amendment guaranteeing religious freedom, and he said it was ‘a threat to every American, regardless of religious faith.’
‘We will not stand idly by while our constitutionally guaranteed liberties are discarded by an administration that has sworn to uphold them,’ Bruning said.
The administration hasn’t filed an answer yet, but, we have a clue as to what their stance will be based upon an oral argument last week in a suit brought by a Catholic college in North Carolina. There the government argued that the rule doesn’t go into effect until August, 2013, and, in the interim, the government is still working on the rule, and, thus, any suit now is premature.
This “defense” is similar to what we saw with Obamacare…it’s not a tax, on second thought, yes, it is a tax…
So, here is my question…if the administration is still “tinkering” with the regulation, why was it announced as a fait accompli in February, 2012?
I have my thoughts about this, but I would like to hear yours.