Catholic Bishops: Obama, Rescind Your Pro-Abortion Mandate
Regarding the following:
So, now that the country is in an uproar over Obama trying to force people into torching their faith -- you know
like the devil does, he has come up with a so-called compromise so that employers do not have to pay for drugs that
kill little babies.
Now, says the resident in the White House: Women will have access to free preventive care that includes
contraceptive services, but if a women's employer objects to birth control for religious reasons "the insurance
company will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge."
What, no mention of abortifacient drugs and sterilization?
Yeah, right, the insurance companies will take the loss. If you believe this, I still have that bridge for sale --
The American bishops rejected this too as well they should. For one thing, it's gobbledygook -- it's garbage.
There's so many holes in it that you can use it as a shower head.
Someone will have to pay in the end because nothing is free, so the employer will notice that little by little his
premiums will go up and the insurance co. will say -- "medical costs have gone up" and the employer won't be able to
do a darn thing about it except get another insurance co. -- but, they'll all be the same.
And another thing: If the employer says, we don't insure for that and refers the woman to the insurance co., then
that employer partakes in a sin. This is why some pharmacists will not take prescriptions that might kill little
babies and they will NOT even refer them to another pharmacy.
It appears that satan, err, Obama is hell bent on attacking people of faith, especially Catholics. So far, his two
attempts have been rejected by the American bishops. Will Obama make another pitch? And if rejected again, will it
be three strikes -- YOU'RE OUT? Or will he just wag his tail between his legs and forget about it?
Either way, Obama will not win the Catholic vote this time and he will be a one term president.
Frank Joseph M.D.
Catholic Bishops: Obama, Rescind Your Pro-Abortion Mandate
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com
The nation's Catholic bishops released a new statement responding to the revised pro-abortion mandate Obama put in
place on Friday.
The Obama administration has revised its controversial mandate that had forced religious employers to pay for health
insurance coverage that includes birth control and drugs like Plan B, the morning after pill, and ella that can
cause abortions. Responding to a firestorm of opposition from pro-life organizations, Catholics groups and even some
Democrats, the Obama administration has revised the mandate in a way that pro-life advocates are saying is even
The revised Obama mandate will make religious groups contract with insurers to offer birth control and the
potentially abortion-causing drugs to women at no cost. The revised mandate will have religious employers refer
women to their insurance company for coverage that still violates their moral and religious beliefs. Under this
plan, every insurance company will be obligated to provide coverage at no cost.
The new mandate has drawn opposition from pro-life groups and Catholic organizations and a "concerned" response from
the Catholic bishops while Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion organizations are supportive.
The nation's Catholic bishops have released a new statement that strongly takes on the revised mandate in no
uncertain terms. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:
The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of
everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections
to the "preventive services" regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August
First, we objected to the rule forcing private health plans — nationwide, by the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen—to
cover sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion. All the other mandated "preventive
services" prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease. Moreover, forcing plans to cover abortifacients violates
existing federal conscience laws. Therefore, we called for the rescission of the mandate altogether.
Second, we explained that the mandate would impose a burden of unprecedented reach and severity on the consciences
of those who consider such "services" immoral: insurers forced to write policies including this coverage; employers
and schools forced to sponsor and subsidize the coverage; and individual employees and students forced to pay
premiums for the coverage. We therefore urged HHS, if it insisted on keeping the mandate, to provide a conscience
exemption for all of these stakeholders—not just the extremely small subset of "religious employers" that HHS
proposed to exempt initially.
Today, the President has done two things.
First, he has decided to retain HHS's nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception,
including some abortifacients. This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern. We cannot fail
to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty.
Second, the President has announced some changes in how that mandate will be administered, which is still unclear in
its details. As far as we can tell at this point, the change appears to have the following basic contours:
It would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the
policies they would write. At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious
insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate.
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It would allow non-profit, religious employers to declare that they do not offer such coverage. But the employee
and insurer may separately agree to add that coverage. The employee would not have to pay any additional amount to
obtain this coverage, and the coverage would be provided as a part of the employer's policy, not as a separate
Finally, we are told that the one-year extension on the effective date (from August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013
is available to any non-profit religious employer who desires it, without any government application or approval
These changes require careful moral analysis, and moreover, appear subject to some measure of change. But we note at
the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders—for self-insured religious employers; for
religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for
individuals—is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the
objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer's plan, financed in the
same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.
We just received information about this proposal for the first time this morning; we were not consulted in advance.
Some information we have is in writing and some is oral. We will, of course, continue to press for the greatest
conscience protection we can secure from the Executive Branch. But stepping away from the particulars, we note that
today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious
institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held
convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be
limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for
HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.
We will therefore continue — with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency — our efforts to correct this problem
through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the
Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful,
and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of
conscience for all.