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Catholics asked to fight birth control insurance rule

Catholics around the country are being asked to object in writing to a new federal rule that will require Catholic ministries to offer birth control coverage to their employees.In particular, Catholic bishops say a “conscience clause” that ought to exempt church organizations is too narrow and should be rewritten.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops distributed a letter objecting to the insurance mandate developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and showed Catholics how to file a written objection.

“All bishops were asked to alert parishioners of the need to address the threat to religious liberty found in (the) HHS mandate related to health care reform,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the bishops conference.

Under a new rule developed as part of implementing health care reform, employers will be required to offer employees insurance packages that include a range of preventive health services without co-pays.

Developed by the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the list includes services like mammograms, colonoscopies and childhood immunizations.

But more controversially, the rule also requires that insurance plans offer sterilization services and birth control, including “morning-after” emergency contraceptive methods already approved by the Food and Drug Administration. [more]


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  1. John says:

    Congradulations Bishops! Due to poor catechism over the past 40 years, not speaking the truth, plus sleeping with the devil (i.e. Democratic party and liberal organizations), you are now in this pickle!

  2. Eileen Kovatch says:

    My objection would be more in line with mandating anything regarding hesalth insursance. On this I can agree with the Bishops. As for not offering that option to Catholic Church and school employees, get real! Since when does the Church offer salaries to their employees that could possibly support unlimited family size. While the Bishops live a luxorious life style, the rest of the Church has to put bread on the table and a roof over their heads that isn’t subsidized by the rest of the Faithful!

  3. Charles Bolser says:

    Well, what happens when the Bishops discover that not all Catholics agree with them once again. The freedom of conscience also applies to the Catholic parishioners – and birth control restriction has never been accepted by the community of faith.


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