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Obamacare a threat to religious freedom [Letter]

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Regarding The Sun's editorial critical of the lawsuit involving the Little Sisters of the Poor ("Obamacare mandate doesn't violate nuns' rights," Jan. 2), the Little Sisters of the Poor is a Roman Catholic institution for women. This congregation serves the marginalized people in our society. After reading the editorial, I was gravely concerned about how explicitly religious freedom was being undermined.

The advocacy for religious freedom was one of primary reasons for the creation of this fine nation. No law should be sanctioned that jeopardizes this constitutional right. As American citizens, these nuns have the right to worship and serve their god without government interference. Providing services such as contraception, sterilization, or abortive services are immoral actions for these nuns.

Numerous Catholic doctrines, such as the momentous encyclical Humanae Vitae, elucidates the importance for life and relegation of the use of contraception. The very word contraception means against conception. In the Catholic faith, life of a human being begins at the moment of conception.

Knowing that religious freedom was under persecution, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made the fitting decision to temporally impede the implementation of this tyrannical law on the Little Sisters of the Poor. If the injunction was not passed by the justice, then the future freedom of many other faith-based organizations would have been in peril.

Also, a more well-rounded refutation on the subject matter was necessary. The editorial stated several benefits of birth control pills, but failed to mention any of their various hazards. A recent study conducted by Dr. David Hunter found that use of oral contraceptives carries an excessive risk of breast cancer in women.

In conclusion, the Obamacare mandate threatens the long-standing right of religious freedom for Catholic organizations, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Agil K. Jose, Elkridge

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