RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, NEWSROOM AMERICA
U.S. Catholic leaders on Monday vowed to fight the Obama administration over a new provision of the health care law that requires all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control
“Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” Catholic League chief Bill Donohue said.
Leaders of the Church vow to harness the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters in the fall elections to line up against President Obama over the issue.
“This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets,” Donohue threatened.
Pro-choice groups, however, have vowed equally to fight the Church, arguing that employees of religious institutions have a right to have birth control paid for as well.
“The Catholic hierarchy seems to be playing a cynical game of chicken and they don’t seem to care that the health and well being of millions of American woman are what’s at stake here,” said National Abortion Rights Action League President Andrea Miller.
There is resistance to the law from other quarters as well, including the U.S. military.
CNSNews.com reported Tuesday that Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, penned a letter to be read to all military personnel worldwide decrying the law, calling it “a blow” to freedom they are fighting, and dying, to preserve.
“It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle,” Broglio said in his “statement of conscience” letter.
“We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law,” he wrote. “People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens.”
The regulation at issue was finalized by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Jan. 20. It mandates that all healthcare plans in the U.S. cover sterilizations, and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions – all of which the Catholic Church has long been fundamentally opposed.
While actual churches would be exempt under the regulation, “Catholic hospitals, universities and charitable institutions would not be…nor would Catholic individuals, business owners, or insurers,” CNSNews.com reported.
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