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USCCB: “Pregnancy is not a disease”

 

The USCCB is not happy with a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Among other new health care services, the report, “Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gap,” recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved birth control in private health insurance plans nationwide.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a USCCB statement: “I strongly oppose the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate coverage of three particular practices in almost all private health plans: surgical sterilization; all FDA-approved birth control (including the IUD, ‘morning-after’ pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella); and “education and counseling” promoting these among all ‘women of reproductive capacity.’”

Cardinal DiNardo said, “Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible. The IOM report claims it would have good reason to recommend mandatory coverage for surgical abortions as well, if such a mandate were not prevented by law. But most Americans surely see that abortion is not healthy or therapeutic for unborn children, and has physical and mental health risks for women which can be extremely serious. I can only conclude that there is an ideology at work in these recommendations that goes beyond any objective assessment of the health needs of women and children.” [more]

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America magazine

 
 
 
 

1 Comments

  1. Jim says:

    And this should come as a surprise? Surgical sterilization and FDA-approved birth control are essential in private health insurance plans in a nation that is barely at replacement level of the population and wants to keep it that way. And besides, children are more often than not considered trouble or a “mistake” in the Western world, rather than the gift from God that they are. The IOM report claims it would have good reason to recommend mandatory coverage for surgical abortions as well, if such a mandate were not prevented by law.

    We have slaughtered over 50 million innocent unborn babies in the U.S. with impunity. People run to Auschwitz and Dachau to rightly abhor the horrors. Yet, the U.S.’s legalized Holocaust called infanticide-at-will is far worse. If Americans witnessed the tragic cruelties of what really goes on during an abortion of a near- for full-term baby (bloody dismemberment, saline-burned fully-formed body parts, sometimes imploded, brainless skulls), abortion would be outlawed tomorrow.

    Doesn’t the 8th Amendment to the Constitution prohibit cruel and unusual “punishment?” But then we all know those pro-lifers are just crackpots and fanatics, now don’t we?

 
 

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