On this episode, Chris is joined by Doug Wilson, CEO of Catholic Benefits Association, an membership-based organization that facilitates health insurance for Catholic entities. Doug describes the birth of CBA in the wake of several of the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) coercive provisions — such as forcing Catholic nuns to buy contraception — and walks through the legal battles and victories CBA has had since its founding. Most recently, they won an injunction from the Federal Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit on a provision of the ACA that would ostensibly force coverage for surgeries, pharmaceuticals, etc., related to gender ideology that Catholic organizations will not in good conscience provide. Additionally, in the federal HHS Department’s recent “Section 1557” Notification (a statement of intent concerning civil rights provisions interpretations), we are seeing ways the Bostock v. Clayton County decision of last summer (See Episode 17 — this is a must-know case!) is, as expected, being used as an instrument to impose an unscientific, metaphysically incorrect, and harmful view of the human person onto health care providers. This federal pressure highlights the need for robust state-level conscience protections.
South Dakota’s 2023 legislative session marked the first time that state lawmakers had gathered since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its June 24, 2022 decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and restored to the states the ability to set their own public policy on abortion. Host Michael Pauley is joined by Dale Bartscher, the Executive Director of South Dakota Right to Life, for a discussion on how state lawmakers responded to the Dobbs decision, and how South Dakota’s pro-life community is responding to a citizen-initiated amendment that proposes to create an unlimited right to abortion in the state constitution.