New York Diocese Sues Regulators Over Insurer Abortion Mandate

By | May 16, 2016

  • May 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    BS says:
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    I hope the diocese wins this case. While I don’t agree with its stance on abortion, especially in the case of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is threatened; mandating that religious entities provide abortion coverage, which would be a clear violation of their religious beliefs, is wrong.

    • May 17, 2016 at 4:21 pm
      Rosenblatt says:
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      What I don’t understand is why they’re suing right now. Why not ask the state “if we refuse to provide abortion coverage, will our filing be approved?” After all…

      “The superintendent may approve any form…which omits or modifies any of the provisions hereinbefore required, if he deems such omission or modification suitable for the character of such insurance and not unjust to the persons insured thereunder.”

      Why sue when a simple email or certified letter to the superintendent asking if he’d approve their modified language omitting the abortion mandate? If s/he says yes, no further action is needed. If s/he says no, go ahead and sue.

      • May 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm
        BS says:
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        Ah. I didn’t know they had the ability to request approval of modified language. If that’s the case, I’ll bet their argument will be similar to the Little Sister’s of the Poor’s argument – that they shouldn’t have to request an exemption, or in this case modified language approval.

        • May 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm
          Rosenblatt says:
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          I hear ya, BS. And it’s a difficult line to walk of “do we force coverage on all and let people opt out?” or “do we not mandate it and require everyone else to opt in?”

          I have no facts to back this up, but I feel more companies would want to provide the coverage than refuse it. As such, the opt-out method makes sense as it impacts fewer number of businesses than having to opt-in.

          I just don’t understand why the church is suing here. If the superintendent says he’ll approve them opting out, then they’ll opt out and we’re done. Now if they already asked the superintendent and s/he blew him off, a law suit questioning his/her authority to create the mandate makes perfect sense.

  • May 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
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    This is a worse affront to religion than requiring the birth control in health insurance.

    • May 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm
      Agent says:
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      Right Jack. Mandates are a nasty thing thought up by Progressive Liberals to impose their will on the people. By all means, let’s not have free Americans to make decisions on their own. The government always knows best, right?

      • May 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm
        Rosenblatt says:
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        You don’t think this bill allows American’s to make decisions on their own?! Did you not read this part of the mandate?!

        “The superintendent may approve any form…which omits or modifies any of the provisions hereinbefore required, if he deems such omission or modification suitable for the character of such insurance and not unjust to the persons insured thereunder.”

      • May 19, 2016 at 8:51 pm
        UW says:
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        Agent, I know you are not actually a Christian, so by your own definition you are an atheist, but the Bible does support abortion under certain circumstances. Maybe they should allow it if the man decides the pregnancy may have been from infidelity, and wants an abortion.

        “If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.”

        Of course, the Bible didn’t cover everything, so it makes sense there are many, many other cases where the Bible would support abortion.



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