San Francisco, Calif., Jun 30, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.
The legal group’s recent lawsuit says that social agencies that get
federal money to care for refugees and undocumented migrants from
Central America should be required to offer contraception and abortion,
even if they have religious objections.
Among the lawsuit’s claims: the federal government’s accommodation of
religious beliefs violates the First Amendment’s prohibition on
establishment of religion. It also claims a 1997 court settlement and
later federal regulations oblige agencies with federal contracts to
provide the coverage.
Douglas Laycock, a University of Virginia law professor, told the New
York Times that he thought the ACLU’s claim is weak due to precedents of
federal agencies granting exemptions in their spending programs.
Funniest...and saddest quote of the article:
The ACLU said it knows of about two dozen cases in the last five years
in which pregnant girls, many of whom said they had been raped,
requested abortions. About one-third of the unaccompanied minors are
girls. Many were the victims of sexual abuse at home or during their
travel to the U.S.
In several cases, when the girls wanted abortions, they were transferred to different agencies to obtain them.