STARTING NOW, pro-life citizens are invited to join national leaders like Joe Scheidler, Fr. Frank Pavone, Troy Newman and many others in signing the “A Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty.” Tell Congress: Thanks, but no thanks. We prefer a respect for life and our nation’s hard-earned religious freedom!
The Didache Declaration has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’ regarding any scenario in which the ACA forces individuals to participate – whether directly or indirectly – in the destruction of human life. In short, the pro-life movement has chosen one answer to being forced to fund abortion through healthcare: We will not comply.
In practicality, this means we will not choose an insurance policy that contains abortion funding, whether directly or indirectly, even to the point of choosing no insurance, at all. Furthermore, we support any citizen who chooses to act in peaceful protest, including non-violent civil disobedience, as the government has no authority to force us, as free citizens, to violate our conscience or forfeit our religious freedoms.
From the very beginnings of the Church, the disciples of Christ distinguished themselves through the rejection of immoral practices common in the Greco-Roman world, namely as found in the early Christian document called The Didache, or, The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. Under this teaching, Christians were enjoined to “commit no murder…abortion or infanticide”—to embrace the “Way of Life” as opposed to the “Way of Death.”
Today, people of Faith, and those who believe that human life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death, find themselves in a circumstance where they must choose between the “Way of Life” and the “Way of Death.” Certain recent U.S. government policies, as enacted through the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate, are a coercion of conscience that forces American citizens to acquiesce in the facilitation of immoral practices, in particular the unjust and immoral practice of abortion.
ObamaCare requires that health insurance premiums include at least a monthly one dollar surcharge that will be used directly to underwrite abortions. This is not an indirect subsidizing of abortion through the payment of income tax; this is the payment of an insurance premium in which the insurer will pay a direct surcharge earmarked for the performance of abortions, constituting mortally sinful activity that every Christian has a duty before God to avoid. The HHS Mandate presents the same problem, requiring all non-exempt businesses and institutions—including religious institutions—to facilitate contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs in their policies.
The Laws of God come before the laws of men. As the Apostles themselves proclaimed, “We must obey God rather than men.” For this, they gave their lives rather than compromise their faith and the dictates of Christian charity. We are prepared to do the same and commit ourselves to the following actions:
a) Oppose ObamaCare’s offering of abortion-on-demand as a paid benefit which denigrates the sanctity of life and will result in the killing of innocent preborn children.
b) Oppose the Health and Human Services Mandate, as it is an immoral government intrusion into the practice of religion and forces Americans to facilitate immoral and unjust practices through employee health insurance policies.
c) Civilly disobey the unjust and immoral requirements of ObamaCare; specifically, the payment of any abortion surcharge in one’s own health insurance.
d) Refuse to comply (both non-exempted companies and individuals) with the unjust and immoral HHS Mandate that requires the inclusion of contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs facilitated through employee health insurance policies.
There is no greater political fight than that of refusing to directly contribute to killing a child. Rather than willfully support the murder of an innocent child, refuse compliance, choosing, instead, to suffer the consequences that will be imposed by the federal government under the ACA for non-compliance.
We understand – just as Christians before us understood – that, when culture opposes God’s Way of Life, Christians must make hard and difficult decisions to honor His truth and stand upright.
If we are to be earnestly true to God’s Way of Life, and to our conviction that all human life is sacred, then we cannot cooperate with the facilitation of abortion as ObamaCare and the HHS requires. It is the duty of all Christians, and all who believe that human life is sacred, to take account of the times in which we live, and to be prepared to suffer for the objective truths we hold.
Christ calls his followers to pick up their cross and follow him. As Christ Himself taught, so we must follow.