October 1, 2013 – Obamacare Exchanges open, ushering in mandated direct and/or indirect funding for abortion in most health insurance policies.
- The ACA requires that health insurance premiums include at least a monthly one dollar surcharge that will be used directly to underwrite abortions.
- The HHS Mandate requires all non-exempt businesses and institutions – including religious institutions – facilitate contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs in their policies.
A coalition of pro-life leaders has developed a unified “We Will Not Comply” response to this assault on life, conscience and religious liberty.
A Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty
This Pledge has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’. In its final paragraph, it states:
We declare that we will not comply with any regulation of the ACA wherein we are forced to pay for abortion or forced to willfully participate in the killing of innocent children.
In practicality, this means we will not choose an insurance policy that contains abortion funding, whether directly or indirectly, even to the point of choosing no insurance, at all. Furthermore, we support any citizen who chooses to act in peaceful protest, including non-violent civil disobedience, as the government has no authority to force us, as free citizens, to violate our conscience or forfeit our religious freedoms.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a nationwide bulletin in June 2012, calling all American Catholics to prepare themselves to engage in civil disobedience to Obamacare. It’s brief and to the point: