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 If the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause means anything, it has to mean that God’s will cannot be a constitutional justification for a law that erases an individual right.The US is reconfiguring itself into a theocracy that would have appalled our Founding Fathers. it’s past time for the rest of us to step back and consider the impact of religion’s current grip on public policy — not only on the right to abortion, but on the availability of insurance coverage for contraception in employer-sponsored health plans and on the right of gay and transgender individuals to obtain medical services without encountering discrimination. The administration issued an expanded “conscience rule” to permit health care workers, down to the level of receptionist, to opt out of involvement with procedures to which they have moral or religious objections.

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I loved the iron of this article's opening, which reveals "the opposite trajectories of our two countries: Ireland marching proudly into the future, while the United States is reconfiguring itself into a theocracy that would have appalled our Founding Fathers. (Abortion, by the way, was legal at the nation's founding, and for much of a century afterward.)

"People in Ireland, so many of whom have relatives in the United States, are watching closely.".... "It's almost exactly a year since Irish voters, by an overwhelming two-thirds majority, threw off the shackles of the Roman Catholic Church and repealed the country's constitutional provision banning abortion. On Friday, voters are expected to defy the bishops again and repeal the provision that requires at least four years of living apart before a couple can apply for a divorce. (Ireland legalized same-sex marriageby popular vote back in 2015.)"

"Back in Alabama, the state's governor, Kay Ivey, issued this official statement when she signed the abortion ban into law: "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."

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" If the First Amendment's Establishment Clause means anything, it has to mean that God's will cannot be a constitutional justification for a law that erases an individual right. "

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"If the First Amendment's Establishment Clause means anything, it has to mean that God's will cannot be a constitutional justification for a law that erases an individual right. Look at this : "nother new rule to be issued shortly would limit protections for transgender patients seeking even ordinary health care by expanding opt-outs for providers who have religious objections to treating them."

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