A Catholic House Divided Over Reproductive Healthcare: Bishops Launch a New Campaign
The Catholic bishops have launched a new political campaign. In the wake of the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to require that insurance plans cover some non-abortion related reproductive health care as basic preventive health service, the bishops have established an “Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.”
Joining the USCCB is the Catholic Health Association, whose member hospitals would be required to insure their employees for services such as contraception, voluntary sterilization, and emergency contraception (EC). As currently written, no parish would have to provide this coverage, nor would the bishops’ conference.
It’s important to note that the new HHS requirements do not require Catholic hospitals to provide these services to patients or employees, who would need to go elsewhere to get them. They simply require that they be included in the health plan the employer offers and that, as with other services in the plan that carry no co-pay, they too are offered without a co-pay. [more]