Pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court during January's March for Life.
Associated Press/Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta
Pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court during January's March for Life.

America’s altar of abortion


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. …”

That the First Amendment requires separation of church and state is an erroneous claim. The religion clause bars Congress from establishing a national religion or interfering with citizens’ right to exercise their religion. Requiring a business owner religiously opposed to the killing of unborn babies to pay for the killing of unborn babies is a blatant violation.

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In another obeying-immoral-laws case, the Roman Catholic owners of Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics provide health insurance for employees but exclude coverage for contraceptives, abortion, and sterilization. The Obama administration requires the owners to provide such coverage beginning April 1 or face fines. Christian retailer Hobby Lobby faced a similar choice and said it would not obey the law.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed suit on behalf of Freshway’s owners, the Gilardi brothers, seeking a preliminary injunction. Earlier this month, a federal judge denied the motion. The Gilardis have a choice: Cover employees’ contraceptives, abortion, and sterilization—a violation of their religious beliefs—or face millions of dollars in fines. It reminds me of the gun-to-your-head dilemma. You can do the awful thing the person says you must do, or you can take a bullet. A bad choice, but a choice nonetheless.

To state the obvious, life is a serious issue. Christ says He is the way, the truth, and the life. Life is a miracle. It is precious. It is to this great country’s shame that women can be as sexually irresponsible as they want to be, destroy the product of their actions, and expect others to pay for it. One can make a strong argument that abortion is murder. What sort of country—what sort of people—would force business owners who believe abortion is murder, regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court says, to pay for their employees to commit this act? It’s unconscionable.

Abortion has become like a god in America. (Modern-day Moloch?) This life-denying act is seen, absurdly, as the pillar of Western freedom and enlightenment. Its adherents pay worshipful homage to a “medical procedure” that snuffs out the life of someone who has a right to live. The option to suck down a sink the God-created fruit of the womb is considered a huge accomplishment in “women’s rights.” How did this happen? We know much more about the development of an unborn child than we did when abortion on demand became the law of the land in the 1970s. Yet, in 2013, the unborn baby is still just as expendable. God bless America?

The ACLJ filed an appeal in the Freshway case and an emergency motion on behalf of the Gilardi brothers, but what if both fail? I fear God’s judgment against a country that not only tolerates child killing, but also requires business owners with a certain number of employees to foot the bill for such destruction. What about non-religious business owners who find abortion just as disgusting and immoral? To what constitutional clause do they appeal?

La Shawn Barber
La Shawn Barber

La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications


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