Martin Luther King's Niece Is Suing To Block Obamacare
Dr. Alveda King, niece of the famed Martin Luther King, Jr., is looking to block parts of the Affordable Care Act. As part of the Staten Island-based outreach organization Priests for Life, King claims that the clauses mandating health insurers cover free contraception have "racist and eugenic roots."
"Efforts to control the population always target minority and lower-income groups. We will not sit still and allow this to happen," says King in an August 19 statement.
As far as can be told, King and her organization's lawsuit seems to be part of the mad scramble of religious organizations seeking protections from Obamacare as more and more of the law comes into effect.
It's unclear what Priests for Life are looking to get out of the lawsuit, since the Obama administration already caved to an opt-out clause for religion-based employers.
But Priests for Life tells Staten Island Advance that they're not done registering their moral outrage, saying that Obama's accommodations don't go far enough.
Not to mention, the lawsuit has become a cause celebre for likes of Minnesota's Abominable Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who appeared in a Priests for Life webcast, saying, "Who would have ever thought that in this enlightened day of 2013 that we would be forced to file a lawsuit simply to practice our sincerely held religious beliefs?"
Sad Michelle Bachmann, part 1000.
Send your story tips to the author, Raillan Brooks.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.