Posted By Jennie Chancey on February 20, 2012
From Doug Phillips’ blog:
Several weeks ago, President Obama jumped into political hot water when he issued a regulatory policy under the new health care law, forcing religiously affiliated organizations to pay for healthcare plans that provide free contraception to employees, including the murderous “morning after pill.” Many religious groups found the policy highly offensive, for, if followed, it would violate their consciences by forcing them to pay for abortions. Many top evangelical leaders vowed that they and their congregants would go to prison before they would assent to pay for the murder of unborn children under the Obama administration’s new edict.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sought to defend the President’s policy directive. She and feminist groups complained that to remove the mandate was akin to “allowing woman to die on the floor.” This said, Pelosi confessed with a bit of chagrin, “I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing.”
Despite Pelosi’s trumped-up rhetoric, religious groups pushed back hard and weren’t about to be cowed by such threats. In response to the growing firestorm, President Obama sought to appease both Christians and feminists by offering a compromise that gives women, who work for religiously affiliated organizations who object to funding contraception, the opportunity to get the drugs they crave directly from the insurance provider “free of charge,” without strings tied back to their employer — at least so far as the contraception pills go. In other words, the President extended a sort of clemency for religious organizations who are affected by this “conscience thing,” requiring their insurance companies to pick up the tab for contraceptives their employees might desire.
But Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, aptly pointed out that there is no room for compromise on this issue. Picarello explained, “That means removing the provision from the health care law altogether, not simply changing it for Catholic employers and their insurers.” Picarello’s point is this: A Christian employer who owns a plumbing company or any other non-religious related organization is afforded no exemption under the revised policy and is still on the hook to provide and pay for insurance coverage that covers abortion pills. There’s no opt-out for him.
Read the full piece at THIS LINK.