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Don’t Be Fooled

February 10th, 2012, Promulgated by Nerina

As you may have already heard, President Obama is expected to announce a “compromise” regarding the contraception mandate. From everything I’ve heard and read, this is no compromise, but another way of forcing Catholic institutions into providing coverage for services they find inherently evil.

As the mandate currently stands, employers would be required to cover all “FDA approved” methods of sterilization and contraception including those methods that can act as an abortifacient. While a very narrow exemption exists (Archbishop Dolan says that Jesus and his disciples wouldn’t qualify) for religious groups, most have recognized this mandate for the attack on religious liberty that it is.

The proposed accommodation does not change anything. It will still require employers to provide for these services, just not directly if they have an “objection.” Employers will still be required to have their respective insurers offer these services to women. Yuval Levin, from National Review states it this way:

The only difference is that the access to those contraceptive and abortifacient drugs would not technically be listed as one of the benefits the employer was paying for directly but would be listed as a benefit the insurer was paying for (with the money the employer paid for the broader insurance policy, of course).

President Obama is clearly placating his base of ardent feminists who recently flexed their collective muscle against the Komen Foundation. Komen made the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood stating that it had decided giving money to organizations under Congressional investigation was not ideal. It also noted that it would rather fund groups in the business of directly providing breast care. PP does not, despite Cecile Richards claims to the contrary. Once PP and NARAL got done with their attacks on Komen (e.g. hijacking Komen’s website, spamming the Facebook page, and vilifying it in the press), the breast cancer foundation apologized and appeared to be reconsidering its initial decision. That’s politics, Chicago-style, as they say.

All I need to know about this “accommodation” is that Planned Parenthood supports it. The aforementioned Richards released the following:

“In the face of a misleading and outrageous assault on women’s health, the Obama administration has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring all women will have access to birth control coverage, with no costly co-pays, no additional hurdles, and no matter where they work.

“We believe the compliance mechanism does not compromise a woman’s ability to access these critical birth control benefits.

I’d say it’s analagous to the Executive Order compromise offered in the final days of Obamacare. I hope Catholics won’t get fooled again.

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6 Responses to “Don’t Be Fooled”

  1. y2kscotty says:

    Yes, Obama has backed down. Sebelius was standing right next to him, like the school girl who did the wrong thing and needed “daddy” to make things right (well, maybe a bit more right than what it was). She should resign.. and I wouldn’t be surprised that, after the dust settles somewhat, she’ll be out looking for a job..My sources say that Joe Biden ,whatever you think of him, was totally ballistic when HHS announced the policy and he gave Obama an earful.
    Look, the “ban” on contraceptives isn’t written in stone. There has been wiggle room on this when church workers in Africa (namely, some nuns) were permitted to take contraceptives as a precaution in situations where they could have been raped.

  2. Bernie says:

    I fear the bishops will cave. I hope I’m wrong and will be thrilled if they don’t but…

  3. Bernie says:

    Off topic, I know, but what a lousy job the bishops have done over the past 40 years in teaching the faithful regarding the evils of contraception and abortion. They have to shoulder a good deal of the responsiblity for the dismal moral state of our entire society -not just Catholics.

  4. Nerina says:

    Bernie, I agree. I’m glad the Bishops seem to be animated by this mandate, but it does seem like “you reap what you sow.” And for too long the Bishops have sown little and barrenness is now all too apparent. I pray that they will remain fervent in their objections to this mandate and that this fervency will transcend this issue and inspire them to teach the Truth – both in and out of season.

  5. Nerina says:


    I don’t see how Obama has backed down. It seems like a rhetorical and accounting shell game.

  6. Raymond F. Rice says:

    It is time for the sleeping lions (AKA BISHOPS) to wake up and roar and keep on roaring; roaring for the unborn, pushed around and bullied Catholics, and the truly needy! !!

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