Obamacare Among the Mennonites

Obamacare Among the Mennonites

For pacifists like the Hahns, there’s a certain ridiculousness to the fight over the HHS mandate. What kind of serpentine line between the freedom of conscience and the rule of law could place opting out of military service in times of national emergency on the former side, and providing free abortifacient drugs and devices on the latter side? Certainly a government that can override conscientious objection to providing contraception can also override conscientious objection to taking up arms in defense of the country. For now there is a national consensus in favor of permitting conscientious objection to warfare; it would be absurd to argue that forcing a family-run corporation to pay for abortifacient drugs rises to the same level of national interest.

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