Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules requiring non-profit employers and religious organizations to fully provide “contraception coverage” for their employees, “including all FDA-approved forms of contraception” which includes birth control pill and the “morning after” pill.That's the summary of a page for 7 Things You Can do to Fight the Contraception Mandate. Before we get to doing something about it though, it is very important to understand what this means and why it is so very wrong. Any Christian school or university (or any religious school or university for that matter) will now have to offer full insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization, even if it believes such activity constitutes murder. The government is mandating private organizations violate their consciences.
This has been open for comment for some time now, but the Department just made it official. Previously, the United States Council of Catholic Bishops argued against the plan.
WASHINGTON—The general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind its mandate forcing private insurance plans to cover contraception—including abortifacients—and sterilization, calling the mandate “unprecedented in federal law and more radical than any state contraceptive mandate.” The comments also criticize the narrow “religious employer” exception to the mandate, explaining that it provides “no protection at all for individuals or insurers with a moral or religious objection to contraceptives or sterilization,” instead covering only “a very small subset of religious employers.”
In their August 31 comment to HHS, Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, noted that the mandate to cover “all FDA-approved contraceptives” and “emergency contraceptives,” including at least one drug called Ella that can cause abortions, entails “nationwide government coercion of religious people and groups to sell, broker or purchases ‘services’ to which they have a moral or religious objection.” This represents “an unprecedented attack on religious liberty,” they wrote.
To say they are also now very fired up is an understatement.
- Bishops Decry HHS Rule, Urge Catholics to Stand Up for Religious Liberty and Conscience Rights in Homilies at Vigil for Life
- Bishops will sue Feds over Contraception Rule
- [Cardinal Designate] Timothy Dolan: HHS contraception mandate 'un-American'
With various schools and organizations lining up to sue the government over this immoral rule, I would encourage everyone to pray and also contact their elected officials to battle this terrible attack on our religious freedoms.
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