Ethical Perspectives 20 (1):144-153 (2013)

Annabelle Lever
SciencesPo, Paris
This is part of a symposium on conscientious objection and religious freedom inspired by the US Catholic Church's claim that being forced to pay for health insurance that covers abortions (the effect of 'Obamacare')is the equivalent of forcing pacifists to fight. This article takes issue with this claim, and shows that while it would be unjust on democratic principles to force pacifists to fight, given their willingness to serve their country in other ways, there is no democratic objection to forcing those who believe abortion to be murder to pay for health insurance coverage that includes abortion.
Keywords taxation, conscientious objection, Mario Cuomo, pacifism, democracy, equality, toleration, rights
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