Opponents worry granting the Little Sisters of the Poor their moral objection will create a “slippery slope,” where businesses and non-profits in an effort to reduce costs, will create their own religions that eliminate procedures if the exception is given to these women. The problem with that “slippery slope” is reality. The Little Sisters have had insurance without providing for these items for years, out of principle. Scores of non-profits knew about that option, to provide insurance without paying for birth control and abortifacients, and they did not opt to take the cost cutting measure of a policy that covered less for their employees because they held no moral objection. Most non profits, most people and many religions, have no moral objection to providing birth control, ergo, granting the Little Sisters an exemption not going to create a stampede of businesses and non profits suing the government for the right not to provide such services which so many people favor.
However, the slippery slope in the opposite manner is very reasonable if past is prologue. Today the government deemed birth control pills non-negotionable. Tomorrow, it may be abortion itself. Euthanasia is also a likely necessary service if enough people deem it reasonable. Violation after violation of one’s moral codes will be mandated via the third party thinking system. IVF, IUD’s, and countless other procedures the Church has deemed morally objectionable, will be demanded under the fig leaf argument that, it’s not me…it’s just the insurance. Anyone else hear echoes of “It’s not me Kate, it’s my family.”
Only an irony impaired and power hungry bureaucracy could think persecuting an order of sisters dedicated to caring for the sick and needy would be an imperative demanding a fine of 70 million dollars and a legal battle all the way up to the Supreme Court. Common sense alone would dictate not stopping such people from providing consistent compassionate daily care to countless individuals. Further, the government has already allotted multiple exemptions and grandfather clauses to corporations, not because of their religious convictions, but political contributions and capacity to provide political contributions.