Thursday, August 04, 2011

My Daily Domestic Clips 08/05/2011 (a.m.)

  • tags: curerentevents obama areyousorryyet?

    • Given the U.S. Constitution's declared right of religious liberty, should the  government be able to force anyone, including a Catholic diocese or Catholic  school or Catholic Charities agency, to foot the bill for surgical  sterilizations for their employees? Should the federal government force such  organizations to pay for contraceptives that are marketed to prevent pregnancy  but instead can abort tiny children in their earliest stage of development?  Should they have to pay for counseling that violates their beliefs?

  • Sister Mary Anne Walsh on how the HSS and President Obama are stripping Catholics of their religious freedoms via regulations.

    tags: curerentevents obama areyousorryyet?

    • Health and Human Services must think Catholics and other religious groups are  fools.

      That’s all you can think when you read HHS’s recent announcement  that it may exempt the church from having to pay for contraceptive services,  counseling to use them and sterilizations under the new health reform in certain  circumstances. As planned now, HHS would limit the right of the church not to  pay for such services in limited instances, such as when the employees involved  are teaching religion and in cases where the people served are primarily  Catholic.
    • With its new regulation, HHS seeks to force church institutions to buy  contraceptives, including drugs that can disrupt an existing pregnancy, through  insurance they offer their own employees. This is part of HHS’s anticipated list  of preventive services for women that private insurance programs must provide  under the new health reform law.
    • The exemption is limited, to say the least. The pastor in the Catholic parish  doesn’t have to buy the Pill for his employees, but the religious order that  runs a Catholic hospital has to foot the bill for surgical sterilizations. And  diocesan Catholic Charities agencies have to use money that would be better  spent on feeding the poor to underwrite services that violate church teachings.  
      Whatever you think of artificial birth control, HHS’s command that everyone,  including churches, must pay for it exalts ideology over conscience and common  sense.

    • HHS and Planned Parenthood are narrow in focus. Respect for religious rights  isn’t likely a key concern for them. However, it ought to be a key concern for  President Obama, who last year promised to respect religious rights as he  garnered support from the church community to pass the health care reform act.  To assuage concerns, President Obama went so far as to issue an executive order  promising that the health care reform act would not fund abortion or force  people and institutions to violate their consciences. HHS is on its way to  violating that promise. For the sake of basic integrity – the President’s  keeping his word and for the protection of the right to religious freedom –  President Obama needs to speak up now.

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