Obama-Care Mandates Employers Cover Sterilization, Contraception and Abortion as “Healthcare”

October 14, 2011
An included religious exemption clause is so narrow as to not allow most organizations that reasonable people would call “religious” to follow their conscience.

Catholic Bishops in the US call Obamacare regulation an “Unprecedented Attack on Religious Liberty”

In an “urgent” call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama’s health-care law “poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”

The proposed regulation would require all private health-care plans to cover sterilizations and “all FDA-approved contraceptives”–which include “emergency” contraceptives such as ulipristal (or “Ella”) that can cause an abortion both before and after an embryo implants in the mother’s womb.

The bulletin insert asked Catholics to visit a page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.) from which they could send an email message to the Department of Health and Human Services protesting the proposed regulation.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/catholic-bishops-obamacare-reg-unprecedented-attack-religious-liberty-even-jesus

Organizations like Catholic Universities and individual private business owners will not be permitted to opt out of paying for insurance that covers these morally objectionably procedures.

Indeed this article notes that a “layperson” as defined by the regulation doesn’t qualify for the Exemption.  Jesus was an non-ordained itinerant preacher; he would not have qualified for the religious exemption.

You can see the NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT here
Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/hhs-mandate-bulletin-insert.pdf

From this article of August 30, 2009, the President argued that the Administration’s Healthcare plan does not fund Abortion.  Cardinal Justin Regali said it would. President Obama is ‘Fabricating’—Not Cardinal Rigali and the Catholic Bishops—About Abortion Funding in Health Care Plan.  Turns out the Cardinal was right.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/president-obama-fabricating-not-cardinal-rigali-and-catholic-bishops-about-abortion

We’ve mentioned this previously here, here, here, here and here.

It’s too late to formally respond to the proposed HHS regulations.  I may write directly to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (herself a lapsed-Catholic.)  I have written congress via the Catholic Bishops’ site which is in turn a link to the NCHLA the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.  http://www.nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?ID=292


Why rational faithful people can oppose ObamaCare

March 24, 2010
Call To Action
March 24, 2010Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As you know, the National Health Care Reform Act has been signed into law by President Barack Obama.

With the possibility of federal funding for abortion remaining in the act and in light of a few other deficient areas, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opposed its passage. It was a difficult decision and came after decades of support for health care reform by the Bishops’ Conference.

So that you may understand exactly why the bishops chose not to support the health care reform act we direct you to a statement released by the USCCB. Click here to read the statement.

We would like to thank the thousands of Catholic Voice North Carolina participants who took the time to contact to their legislators in support of Catholic values in this bill.

Please be assured of our continued vigilance on this matter as health care reform is enacted in the coming days and months.

Sincerely,


The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte


The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh


House actions on HC

March 8, 2010

Dems keep pressure on Stupak over healthcare bill and abortion concerns

By Jordy Yager – 03/07/10 12:34 PM ET

Abortion continued to loom Sunday as the thorny issue that could paralyze the momentum of healthcare reform efforts in the home stretch.
Across the Sunday morning shows, lawmakers took sides over whether the final healthcare bill contains language that would allow people receiving government subsidized healthcare to obtain an abortion, and a White House official accused abortion opponent Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) of being “misinformed” about the Senate bill.

But I don’t see where the article clearly explains this “pressure.”

Please everyone here write your congressman – your Representative but also your Senators.
The FRC contact website is good. http://www.frc.org/contact-elected-officials
See this post for where we’ve said why https://deliberateengagement.wordpress.com/action-what-you-can-do/
and this post where we show you how https://deliberateengagement.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/write-your-representatives/

The entire The Hill story is at: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/85333-dems-keep-pressure-on-stupak-over-healthcare-bill-and-abortion

One of the comments to the posted story is a great read. I think it gets its own post. To read it before I get it posted see: http://www.nrlc.org/AHC/AbortionPolicyhCRBackgrounder.html


Charmaine Yoest in the WSJ

March 8, 2010

Charmaine Yoest is president and CEO of Americans United for Life. She a prudent and active worker on the issue of communicating the desires of ProLife Americans to power in Washington. I also think she’s considered a gadfly or worse by those who see Abortion as a settled right in all situations. She writes in the Wall Street Journal:

It’s now becoming clear that Barack Obama is willing to put everything on the table in order to be the president who passes health-care reform. Everything, that is, except a ban on federal funding for abortion.

Last September, the president promised that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” Yet the legislation most likely to move forward in Congress would be the single greatest expansion of abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The White House knows how to turn Mr. Obama’s September commitment into legislative action. I met with senior White House officials and told them that only adding a so-called Hyde Amendment to the health-care reform bills would fulfill the president’s promise to protect Americans from subsidizing abortion.

The Hyde Amendment dates back to the 1970s, when congressional leaders discovered that Medicaid was paying for nearly 300,000 abortions a year. This had not been an intended outcome of the Medicaid program, which was created in 1965 with strong bipartisan support. So in 1976 Rep. Henry Hyde introduced an amendment to the Health and Human Services appropriations bill prohibiting taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.

Similar amendments have been added to health-care bills ever since. Without specific language prohibiting the practice, history has shown that the courts or administrative agencies end up directing government dollars to pay for abortions.

I especially like her conclusion:

The bottom line is that the president wants to deploy words that sound soothing like “balance” and “adjust.” Meanwhile, the courts are rendering precedent with stark words like “mandatory.”

When confronted by House Minority Leader John Boehner about abortion funding during the health-care summit last week, the president dropped his head and looked down at the table. How revealing.

See the entire Opinion piece in the March 4th Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703862704575100091815276712.html


AUL reports on Senate trick in the works

February 14, 2010

Americans United for Life writes:

Dear Friend of Life,

For months, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, and President Obama held secret meetings in an attempt to pass government-run health care that funded abortion. Then, after losing a Senate seat in Massachusetts and their filibuster-proof majority along with it, the Democrats publicly stated that they would work with Republicans on health care… but we have just learned their true intentions.

President Obama publicly called for a bi-partisan approach, even asking Republicans for an open televised session. But the truth has been exposed through news articles reporting that Speaker Pelosi’s top health care aide is telling insiders their real plan to get taxpayer-funded abortions.

Their secret plan is to pass two bills, using a procedure called reconciliation to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. One of the bills will be the pro-abortion Senate bill, which includes taxpayer funding for abortion. Then comes the trick…

Pelosi’s top health care aide said, “the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill… There’s a certain skill, there’s a trick, but I think we’ll get it done.” Given the Congressional leadership’s commitment to federal funding for abortion, you can be sure the trick will include abortion funding.

Once again we see that the will of the American people doesn’t matter, and the pro-abortion Congressional leadership will stop at nothing to force pro-life Americans to fund abortion with our tax dollars! We must keep up the pressure and make sure that they are stopped.

The pro-abortion lobby is salivating at the prospect of federally-funded abortions. According to Planned Parenthood, “we’ve never had a better chance” for a government takeover of health care and the funds for the largest expansion of abortion in America since Roe v. Wade.

This is outrageous. We all know that Washington politicians have a knack for saying one thing and doing another, but this takes duplicity to new heights. The stakes for protecting innocent life could not be higher and, as this news further demonstrates, the pro-abortion forces will stop at nothing to get taxpayer dollars for their work.

Fortunately, we know that a majority of Americans are pro-life, and together we will stand in strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions – regardless of any “tricks” pro-abortion members of Congress may have up their sleeve.

We’ve already learned of Planned Parenthood’s abortion “mega-mart” in Houston, Texas that could be a model for more large abortion centers around the country. The tragedy of this dramatic increase in innocent lives lost cannot happen. Will you stand with us to stop their efforts and stand for life?

AUL Yours for Life,
Charmaine Yoest
Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Americans United for Life


Alabama Planned Parenthood

February 10, 2010

Alabama Puts Planned Parenthood Clinic on Probation After Undercover Sting

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Alabama has been put on probation by the state after an undercover sting helped reveal that underage teens had been receiving abortions there without parental consent.

State health officials said the Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic has until next week to present its plan to correct violations involving minors receiving abortions.

Investigators with the health department said records at the clinic showed several minors aged 13-15 had received abortions without proper verification of parental consent since November 2008.

An activist with “Live Action,” a California-based anti-abortion group, posed as a pregnant 14-year-old girl who needed a secret abortion. In an audio tape from the visit, an employee allegedly suggests that someone other than a parent or legal guardian could give consent.

Read the entire article at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585414,00.html


A religious argument for action

December 18, 2009

This is interesting and well written.  From a Christian and Catholic perspective the purpose of social activism is to reform the society to better reflect the Truth of how God made us.  Even without accepting this premise the content of this essay is enlightening and wise.

All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that dominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.

These three secret strategies are:

  • All opinions are equal
  • Never judge anyone
  • Never step on toes
  •  read the entire essay at:  http://www.saint-mike.org/warfare/library/wp-content/docs/secret.pdf