An article in today's New York Times sets The Cardinal Newman Society against the views of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a proponent of abortion rights, embryonic stem cell research and contraception.
Murray is quoted defending the Obama administration's final rule mandating that even objecting religious groups must provide health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception (including abortion-inducing drugs):
Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, said: “Today’s ruling strikes a fair balance between religious liberties and the reproductive rights of all women. Access to contraception shouldn’t be dictated by a woman’s employer.”
But Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes Catholic education, said the final rule did not respect the religious freedom of religious employers. “Now the lawsuits can proceed,” he said.
The Newman Society's full quote to the Times was:
For nearly two years, the Obama administration has feigned concern for the rights of religious groups while delaying the inevitable. The courts have refused to protect Catholic colleges and others, telling them to wait for the promised accommodation. Now we have it: too little, too late. At least now the lawsuits can proceed.
The Cardinal Newman Society also issued a public statement yesterday on the final rule.
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