A minister from Indiana who claims she’s a pro-life Christian testified AGAINST a religious freedom ruling on Friday during the U.S. Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Community development organizer and ordained Free Methodist Church minister from Indianapolis, Alicia Baker, urged the Senate to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation because of his decision to grant religious exemptions to the Obamacare HHS mandate.
WATCH Baker at U.S. Senate hearing: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4748083/alicia-baker-testifies-brett-kavanaugh-hearing
“If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, access to affordable birth control will be in jeopardy,” Baker said. “This committee and the Senate must weigh the harmful impact Judge Kavanaugh would have on the health and well being of so many people.”
Baker is referencing Kavanaugh siding with Priests for Life in its challenge of the Obamacare HHS mandate while serving on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2015.
When Kavanaugh was asked about his opinion in favor of Priests for Life, Kavanaugh responded:
“That was a group that was being forced to provide certain kind of health coverage over their religious objection to their employees. And under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first ‘was this a substantial burden on the religious exercise,’ and it seemed to me quite clearly it was. It was a technical matter of filling out a form, in that case filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were as a religious matter objecting to.”
Kavanaugh stressed that the government should not force religious employers to provide devices or drugs that may cause abortions.
“I concluded that penalizing someone thousands and thousands of dollars for failing to fill out a form because of their religious beliefs was wrong,” Kavanaugh said on Thursday during the hearing.
The most well-known HHS mandate challenger, Hobby Lobby, objected to four forms of birth control that act as abortifacients, including the IUD and ella (the “Morning-After” pill); but provided 16 other forms of birth control to their employers without any objection.
Baker disagreed with Kavanaugh, arguing that women will suffer if religious organizations are exempt from the pro-abortion mandate.
“Jesus directs us to advocate for a just society that allows people to live their lives to the fullest. Jesus directs us to advocate for a just society that allows people to live their lives to the fullest. In John 10:10, Jesus says, ‘I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full,’” Baker said. “And this means supporting access to affordable birth control, because by permitting individuals to plan if, whether and when to become pregnant, birth control allows us to live our fullest lives.”
Baker joined the fight right before her wedding when she realized that her insurance wouldn’t cover her IUD, something Baker claimed left her “shocked” and caused unnecessary stress leading up to her wedding.
Her insurance would not cover the device because an IUD acts as an abortifacient, something Baker refused to believe.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, an IUD is considered to act as an abortifacient. In 2014, their website described the device as an abortifacient saying: “It [sic – If] fertilization does occur, the IUD keeps the fertilized egg from implanting in the lining of the uterus.”
A fertilized egg has his/her own unique DNA, so is already a living human being.
Baker joined a lawsuit with the pro-abortion National Women’s Law Center to fight her insurance company and to challenge the Trump administration’s rule that expands religious exemptions under the HHS mandate.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed and the case comes before the Supreme Court he could hear the lawsuit–which makes Baker rather nervous.
“My faith dictates that I must speak out on behalf of the millions of women who stand to lose access to affordable birth control if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed,” she said. “As a person of deep faith, I would never impose my religious beliefs on anyone – and no one else should either.”
Women such as Baker haven’t been prevented from accessing birth control, including drugs that can trigger abortions. Baker paid for her IUD out of pocket, just as many other women do if their employers object.
Why is it that a Christian pastor doesn’t recognize that religious freedom is at the core of American principles? Individuals who exercise their right to religious freedom should not be forced to pay huge fines or give up their business because they object to paying for something that can cause the death of an innocent unborn child. Kavanaugh was right in siding with religious individuals, threatened by the government with heavy fines if they didn’t comply.
Baker’s full testimony can be read here: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Baker%20Testimony.pdf
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