The Cardinal Newman Society today released the following statement:
The Obama administration today proposed a rule responding to serious concerns that its policy mandating insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception (including drugs that cause abortion) violates religious freedom. While the outcry of religious leaders, organizations, employers and faithful Americans has been clear and unambiguous, the Obama administration has barely made a move toward a more just policy. The mandate is still unacceptable, and the newly proposed “accommodation” is inadequate.
Catholics are left no choice but to stand firmly opposed to the mandate. We are grateful especially to the Catholic bishops, the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty for their leadership and for continuing the fight to defend the religious freedom of Catholics and all Americans. We pray for them and stand with them in this fight.
It is important to note that the proposed rule is just that: a proposal. The final rule could be dramatically different, and there will be powerful opposition from many parties.
In this proposed rule, it appears that Catholic schools and colleges may not be required to provide the mandatory insurance directly, but insurance companies will nevertheless provide the immoral coverage to employees and students. This is an accounting gimmick that serves the Obama administration’s radical goal of forcing such coverage on all Americans, except those who are employed by houses of worship. The Administration continues to violate Americans’ freedom with an absurdly narrow view of constitutionally protected religious activity.
Religious freedom will not be protected until every organization, business and individual is exempted from purchasing or otherwise financially supporting insurance for sterilization, contraception or abortion.
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