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AMAC – Court Rules That Obamacare’s Contraception Provision Must be Amended to Protect Religious Freedom

Administration must rewrite the mandate to ensure religious institutions have a right to practice what they preach’ –

BOHEMIA, NY, Dec 21 – “Our members and many others who rallied to protect Religious Freedom this week won a preliminary victory when a federal court told the Obama administration to rewrite the health care law’s contraception mandate,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The mandate would force religious institutions to pay for certain employee contraception and abortion costs even though it would force them to ignore their established teachings.  “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the administration must rewrite the mandate to ensure religious institutions have a right to practice what they preach.  It was a victory not just for church-based organizations but for all who believe and want to protect all of the rights guaranteed in our Constitution.”

Weber explained that Wheaton College and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty were among dozens of church organizations that sued the government over the mandate.  Many non-affiliated organizations, including AMAC, offered direct and indirect support.

“Apparently we made it too hot of an issue for the government and so during oral arguments the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius relented and promised the mandate would be amended.  But the court wanted more than promises.  It ruled that the administration must rewrite the Obamacare provision by August 2013.  In addition, the court demanded that the government provide progress reports every 60 days in the interim.”

Kyle Duncan, who argued the case for the Becket Fund put it this way: “The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and press conferences are not enough to protect religious freedom.  The court is not going to let the government slide by on non-binding promises to fix the problem down the road.”

Weber said that the ruling is an example of how powerful individuals can be when they band together for a common cause.  “In this case, the cause is the protection of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Association of Mature American Citizens is proud to have played a small role in achieving this first win.  We recognize that we have a long way to go before we get a final resolution to this controversial issue.  But, with the support of our members, we will not give in until we have won this fight decisively.”


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a chat. 


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.



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7 years ago

There are too many stupid idiots selling thier souls and freedom for a free government handout. They have their noses stuck so far up up obama’s but if he makes a quick turn it will break their nose.

Jacquueline W
7 years ago

I am British born and raised and grew up with Government run healthcare. Believe me, you don’t want it. All my family is still in the UK. Ten years ago my mother was diagnosed with blocked carotid (neck) arteries. She was 73 at the time. I visited the doctor with her as I was back home at the time. He was an Indian doctor, as the majority of them are in England. (Please don’t imagine for one minute that Doc Martin is in any way typical of England’s Health Service). Anyway, Dr. Patel told my Mom in no uncertain terms… Read more »

7 years ago

The only way we will ever get right in America is to divide us up into two countries, one liberal and one conservative. Then in a decade or two, we can see who does better. We are so split, so corrupt, so greedy, and so “holier-than-thou”, that we will never be whole again. The extremist freaks on both sides have hijacked whatever remains of a decent nation.

7 years ago

It’s interesting that nothing about this has been seen in any news reports on websites such as aol or yahoo. Wonder why? Contradictory to their thinking? One thing I must admit, I think birth control is not a bad idea, especially for obama supporters, although the welfare group will not use it, only the sandra fluke group of sluts, which we don’t want to reproduce anyhow. Abortion is another matter – abortion should by not, by any means, be supported by government funds – or any funds.

7 years ago

Food for thought. Anyone who is reading this should read the article on Spain. It will enlighten you.This is all no joke. This is REAL!

7 years ago

The comment by Joana is all true. I just retired after more than 23 years in Medical Billing and Insurance. But this Bill involves more then Health Care if anybody wants to take a close look at it. The whole thing needs to be done away with. A health care bill should be done in an honest and forth right way for the good of all the people and be just about Health Care. It should not have every tax they can think of or any way they can get more of a percentage of what income we have left.underhandedly… Read more »

7 years ago

Please resolve the posting issues with your web site. Thank you.

7 years ago

Your comments are great and I sense your frustration with them not being printed. My experience with any type of comment section is that you’re limited word wise. Perhaps that is what happened with the delay. Luckily it has now appear a couple of times. I do have a suggestion. You’re a very well informed and excellent writer. If I were you, I’d contact Dan Weber and see about writing some afrticles for AMAC or becoming an Ambassador. I think that you have alot to share with folks.

7 years ago

It is about time the court ruled in the majority of the American peoples decision….;;What gives with the courts…?? I have even given up on the Supreme Court…; When at one time I really thought they cared about their decisions ….Not any more…!! To say Obamacare is constituuional is one big JOKE…….!!!!! NO politician ( even the President )has any right to tell the American people they have to have certain health care and also pay for contraception for people who can afford it themselves….especially when one does not believe in abortion….that is going tooooooo far….!! The demorats…..are in full… Read more »

Kay Olson
7 years ago

What can we do as an ordinary American citizen to fight this

Oly Olson
7 years ago

Why is it that only when there is a MAJOR issue that people/conservative organizations get involved? We have a broken ‘gubmint’ that is bent on destroying our relationship with the Constitution, but a ‘small voice in the wilderness’ cannot be heard over the brayings of the ‘entitled’.

7 years ago

If the group was so powerful then why wasn’t the entire mandate of forced healthcare insurance and free market intrusion struck down. Stop patting yourself on the back.

David Rogers
7 years ago

Cecil – AARP will refund the unused portion of your dues if you write and demand it. It worked for me.

7 years ago

What great news and a welcome victory. Congratulations to all the plaintiffs.

7 years ago

This is great, but why wait until August of 2013. It doesn’t take eight months to rewrite a few lines. A good half-day should do it. The lazy overpaid government is allowed too much leeway. Idle minds are the devil’s workshop and minds in Washington are too idle concerning the good of all the people.

7 years ago

It is exciting to have some news of positive actions and Americans standing up for our rights. We must all be active in this mission of informing others and getting support of the people to take back our country. Truth and honor will win this battle of lies and deceit.

7 years ago

Am glad to be a member or AMAC. Was and still a member of AARP until 2017 when my membership will expire.

7 years ago

Keep up the good work, AMAC is a great organaization and alternative to AARP,

7 years ago

AMAC is truly a viable alternative for mature Americans (Senior Citizens) to have our interests to be heard and protected. Please continue the good work and please feel free to let us know how we can get more Seniors to realize that they do have a choice on how their dues are being spent.

Joana Livoti
7 years ago

4th try… you have not posted my comment… why have you not posted it… here it is again… Third time I have typed in a comment that you have not posted… here it is again. Why are you not posting my comment… here it is again! Yes, the Obamacare Contraception Mandate must be repealed as it infringes upon our Religious Freedom and this must never happen. However, the battle should have been addressed and fought from the beginning addressing the demise of the Sanctity of Human Life from Conception until Natural Death under Obamacare. However, Obamacare must be entirely RESCINDED/STOPPED/LAID… Read more »

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