published Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

ObamaCare contraceptive rule violates freedom of conscience

Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are under assault from the ObamaCare medical reform law passed by Democrats in 2010.

The Obama administration has announced it will force many religious-affiliated organizations that object to contraceptives not only to provide contraceptives to employees on their health insurance plans but to offer them free of charge. The Catholic Church had pleaded with the administration to allow the church to uphold its teachings against contraception and not to have to provide services that clearly violate those teachings.

The issue should not be whether you agree with any church's views on contraception, but whether the federal government should have the power to require a religious organization to undermine its own doctrines. The affected organizations have until Aug. 1, 2013, to obey the requirement and start providing free contraceptives to employees.

"In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences," Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The New York Times. "We're unable to live with this."

The new federal rule technically carves out an exemption for some religious employers. But the exemption is extremely narrow, because an organization cannot avoid the rule if it employs or serves a lot of people who do not share the organization's faith. Of course, many church-affiliated organizations have the express desire to reach out to as many people of other faiths as possible, so they will be forced to surrender their First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion unless they reduce their outreach, whether it be through a hospital, charity or social service agency.

Considering ObamaCare's high costs and the way it is undercutting fundamental religious liberty, it is not the least bit surprising that a majority of states have filed a lawsuit to have it overturned. We urgently hope they succeed.

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sage1 said...

There's many more NASTY surprises heading our way with ObamaCare, but what do you expect? The bill had to be passed "so we can see what's in it!".

I was totally amazed that health care reform, as important and needed as it was, was passed by all the Loony Tunes in Washington and thrust upon us with such wreckless abandon and lack of study.

I have no respect, nor trust in either party. They all consider themselves elitist, far removed from and above the common man. And they truly are. Just look at THEIR retirment system, THEIR health care system, THEIR automatic raises....etc....I wonder what THEY will do after the crash?

January 25, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Requiring an employer to provide birth control is in NO way a violation of religious freedom. Religious freedom is for individuals. No one is forcing anyone to use birth control. However, lest you think that the Catholic Church's disapproval matters, 98% of Catholic women use birth control. Maybe it is time for the Catholic Church to join the modern world.

This expectation is not a violation of religious freedom. No one is chaining church doors, arresting people who worship, banning religious texts, hiring on the basis of what religion you claim. Get a grip. If you are pro-life, you should be loudly applauding this move, as more birth control use means fewer unplanned pregnancies.

January 25, 2012 at 7:39 a.m.
chet123 said...

Republican Party must be all males....they have made this a top issue while failing to governed the economy ....what bozos!!!

Oh i forgot...they are the Family Value Party...........HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...AND SNOW WHITE IS MICKEY MOUSE HA HA HA HA

January 25, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

When 86% of all abortions are done by christians, the church needs to be more loudly in church and stay out of everyone else's business. In other words, clean up your own backyard before talking about mine.

January 25, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Let me make sure I have this right: Nobody - not even those of us in the pro-choice camp - thinks that abortion is a good thing. We all agree that it should be a last resort. Or in the minds of the rabid anti-abortionists, it should't ever be an option at all. But making contraception available to as many people as possible is somehow a violation of religious freedom and conscience? What nut thinks that contraception is a sin?? Oh right - the Pope and his clown jesters at the Vatican. I'll tell you what's a sin: the Pope and his pedophile perverts that he and the other popes before him have turned a blind eye to.

The Catholic Church is as out of touch on this issue of contraception as Christians were when they burned "witches" at the stake. Should we have continued to sanction and allow their "religious freedom?" Of course not. Anyone who thinks contraception is a sin and whose conscience is violated by it is a nut, pure and simple. The government should be under no obligation to even condider these lunatics when making policy.

January 25, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
LibDem said...

"Of course, many church-affiliated organizations have the express desire to reach out to as many people of other faiths as possible...". Exactly why this is necessary. They want to spread the nonsense.

January 25, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
Plato said...

"In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences," Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The New York Times. "We're unable to live with this."

This from the organization that has "lived with" covering up for pedophiles masquerading as priests. The irony is sickening.

January 25, 2012 at 7:56 p.m.
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