Vermont man taking on ObamaCare over abortion mandate

Friday, April 10, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

An anti-ObamaCare lawsuit being argued in Vermont could impact people in several states.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Lyle Howe, Jr. of Vermont who discovered an ObamaCare secret. ADF attorney Casey Mattox explains this is a case in which the government is forcing a man to pay for abortions in order to enroll in a plan under the Affordable Care Act.

"It violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment," Mattox argues. "We're hopeful that the court will see that this is an unnecessary burden on religious peoples' right to deal with and enroll in ObamaCare plans and not have to actually violate their conscience to do it."

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of retail outlets went to court over essentially the same issue and ultimately won in the U.S. Supreme Court. In this case, however, the matter involves an individual and not a corporation.

The reality of the conscience violation was revealed to Howe in the same way that many other Americans became aware of it: his medical insurance was cancelled, forcing him to enroll in ObamaCare.

"What he found out was that when he went to enroll in Vermont, every plan required him to pay for abortion," the attorney tells OneNewsNow. "That's the case in Vermont and a few other states – and people aren't even aware that that's the case that they're being forced to pay for abortions in violation of their conscience."

Mattox says if individuals are unclear if they're paying for abortion in their ObamaCare coverage, it's likely because of a lack of disclosure – so he refers them to the website ObamacareAbortion.com, and encourages them to contact ADF if they object to being forced cover abortion.

The outcome of Howe's case will have an impact beyond the borders of Vermont. A decision should come within a couple of months.

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