Ever since Obama issued his HHS Mandate that all women must be provided with contraception, abortifacients, sterilization etc. and set measures in place to force private religious institutions to pay for them, we have witnessed the real issue, namely Religious Freedom, be turned into a campaign to stop the war on women and contraception.
This administrations’ propaganda machine is working. They are playing this well. First an overt attack on the Roman Catholic Church giving them a year to comply with something Obama knows is anathema to them, unethical, an issue that is at the heart of who they are.
Then came the covert attack: His feigned compromise. The government will make sure that contraception, abortifacients, sterilization, etc. are “free” of charge to any woman who wants them. Insurers will be forced to offer these items & services and in turn pass the cost onto the insured who will pay for them whether they want to or not.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is not a war against contraception or a war against women. This is a war about who will pay for contraceptives in the U.S. It is a war against the freedom of numerous religious institutions who do not want to pay for or provide services which go against their consciences. They are deliberately battling Individuals and Institutions who have the inalienable right to say no.
From the NYT, February 11, 2012:
“The bishops had initially called the compromise “a first step in the right direction.” But late Friday they released a second statement saying that the plan raised “a grave moral concern.” Mr. Doerflinger said the reason was that they did not see the rule itself until 7 p.m.; the administration official said, however, that the new rule had not been written yet because the details had not been hashed out, and that the bishops must have read the old rule.
The bishops also were dismayed that the administration did not consult them in crafting the compromise, presenting it to them as a fait accompli.
Mr. Doerflinger said, “We were not part of the negotiation and we were told there wasn’t one by the White House.”
The bishops used the turn of events to renew their objections to the broad requirement that was part of the sweeping health care overhaul passed in 2010 that any employer who has a moral or religious objection — even a small business owner — must offer birth control in their insurance coverage because it is preventive care.
“All the other mandated ‘preventive services’ prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease,” the bishops said.
Except from: Bishops Reject White House’s New Plan on Contraception, By Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, Feb.11, 2012