This bill is a 52 page monster. It practically rewrites the State’s Medicaid and insurance laws – again. On THAT basis alone the only proper vote on it is NO. But of course there is a lot packed into 52 pages, such as a complete and total obliteration of the First Amendment of the US Constitution (does it even apply in today’s Nevada?) and the Nevada Constitution, Article 1:
Sec: 4. Liberty of conscience. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference shall forever be allowed in this State, and no person shall be rendered incompetent to be a witness on account of his opinions on matters of his religious belief, but the liberty of consciene [conscience] hereby secured, shall not be so construed, as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace, or safety of this State.
As this bill is obviously unconstitutional, the only possible vote on it is NO.
But this bill also raises another fundamental question. Over a hundred years ago this nation’s lawmakers, and the courts ever since, have committed a serious legal error. They invented the concept of “corporation,” that is, “fictitious person,” with certain rights of natural persons; i.e., human beings. Now certainly natural persons have a First Amendment freedom of association; but the association — such as a corporation — is necessarily an association of natural persons; and therefore it makes NO legal or moral sense that certain natural persons, such as a corporation’s officers, should have (1) their own constitutional rights as American citizens, PLUS (2) the additional constitutional rights granted to their corporation, such as was decided by the Supreme Court in recent cases about freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. See
NO on SB233, which calls for tax-funded contraceptives and abortions through Medicaid. Religious organizations should not be forced to pay for abortions. This is an attack on religious liberty and the Legislators are getting “robo-calls” by the hundreds in favor of this bill.
The Assembly has a similar bill and we need to speak out against AB249, same arguments.
This bill is much worse than I thought. It requires Medicaid and private insurance to cover “services” which means tax funded ABORTIONS and forcing private religious organizations to pay for ABORTIONS.
Oppose SB233: it VIOLATES Religious Liberty
This bill insidiously erodes our Religious Freedom.
-Remember…Their religious liberty first…yours next!
-It requires Medicaid and private insurance to cover “services” which means tax funded ABORTIONS and forcing private religious organizations to pay for ABORTIONS.
-Existing law protects religious liberty by authorizing an insurer, which is affiliated with a religious organization and which objects on religious grounds, to providing coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices to exclude coverage in its policies. This bill forces religious organizations who object to paying for contraception and abortifacients (drug causing an abortion see info below) to pay for them and provide coverage. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY DENIED!
-The U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby Case (see below) protected the rights of religious organizations. Why are you violating Religious Liberty?
-The Nevada Constitution in Article 1 Section 4 states: Liberty of conscience. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference shall forever be allowed in this State…but the liberty of conscience hereby secured…”
-The Nevada Constitution Ordinance provides: “That perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured, and no inhabitant of said state shall ever be molested, in person or property, on account of his or her mode of religious worship.”
-The Preamble of the Nevada Constitution states: “We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution.