Obama Imposes Abortion Agenda On Catholic Church Hospitals And Charities To Drive Them Out Of Business

Today marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Let’s celebrate the milestone by driving the Catholic Church out of its mission of caring for the sick and the poor by forcing them to either do something that is anathema to their theology or forcing them to abandon their hospital and charity work:

[Important Updates] Obama Admin Decides to Require Religious Institutions to Cover Free Contraception & Sterilization
by Thomas Peters
January 20, 2012

Liberals are crowing about what they see as a huge victory for them — and they are right — because this victory comes at the expense of religious liberty.

Welcome to the Obama 2012 reelection plan: ignore and marginalize people of faith, pander to the far-left’s sexual-political priorities.

This via the far-left site ThinkProgress:

Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. This means that after years of trying to get birth control covered to the same extent that health plans cover Viagra, our country will finally have nearly universal coverage of contraception.

Opponents of contraception had lobbied hard for a broad exemption that would have allowed any religiously-affiliated employer to opt out of providing such coverage. Fortunately, the Obama administration rejected that push and decided to maintain the narrow religious exemption that it initially proposed. Only houses of worship and other religious nonprofits that primarily employ and serve people of the same faith will be exempt. Religiously-affiliated employers who do not qualify for the exemption and are not currently offering contraceptive coverage may apply for transitional relief for a one-year period to give them time to determine how to comply with the rule.

Liberals always complain when the Church acts in the public square, tossing out the red herring “separation of church and state!”

But they are perfectly happy to have the state compel the church to do what they want the church (and people of faith) to do.

More from me soon, but there you have it.

UPDATE: Michael Sean Winters, who I have deeply disagreed with in the past, posts his reaction to the news — calling it much more than a disaster:

One sentence in the statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stands out: “The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good.”

What can those words “fully committed” possibly mean? They have punched Sr. Carol Keehan and Fr. Jenkins and many other Catholics who have taken shots for this Administration in the nose. They have jumped over the First Amendment to coerce religious organizations to do something we find morally objectionable. They have given people who loved the Affordable Care Act reason for pause, great pause. They have given the Republicans a huge battering ram with which to beat swing voting Catholics over the head.

I say “they,” but the full responsibility for this decision rests with the President. NCR has learned that the President called Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, this morning to tell him the news. Wouldn’t you have liked to be on an extension to listen in on that conversation. The president looked Dolan in the eye in November and said he would be pleased with his decision. I am guessing that Dolan is not pleased. He is not alone.

Winters is right that this decision is a huge blow to liberal Catholics who have tried to cover for Obama. But Winters is wrong that the President’s decision comes as any sort of surprise. Of course Obama would throw his liberal Catholics supporters under the bus to please his leftist secular supporters. Obama’s wedding with liberal Catholics has always been one of convenience and he just filed the divorce papers. I therefore find it hard to sympathize with liberal Catholics who are shocked by this decision, because I’ve been warning for years that their relationship with Obama was bound to end in heartbreak.

I do, however, respect Winters for being right to stand up for religious liberty and criticize a President he supported as a candidate. For that I applaud him and I hope that more liberal Catholics acknowledge how foolish they have been to support Obama’s anti-Catholic policies. I urge them to join me and other Catholics in common cause to begin to address this deplorable state of affairs.

UPDATE 2: Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, in a video posted (on the right side) of the USCCB website, calls on Catholics to contact the Administration and demand they rescind this anti-religious liberty, anti-first amendment mandate. Read the full press release just sent out by the USCCB here.

UPDATE 3: Grace-Marie Turner writes at NRO’s The Corner blog:

This is another assault on the Constitution and the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called the federal regulation an “unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”

The Obamacare regulation gives faith-based institutions, like Catholic universities and hospitals, the choice of violating the fundamental tenets of their faith by covering the federally mandated coverage in their employee health plans, or of dropping health insurance for their employees — in which case they would be fined for violating the employer mandate.

…As I told Kathryn Lopez for a recent article, there is a war on religion from the Left, and it is very dangerous to the institutions that make our civil society function.

The Catholic Church historically has been a vital part of the safety net — providing aid for the poor, care for the sick, shelter and food for the homeless, and care for mothers in need, as a few examples.

The health-care law threatens to tear gaping holes in that safety net by forcing Catholic health plans to cover contraception, by denying funds to Catholic adoption agencies, and ultimately by forcing taxpayers — including Catholics — to fund abortion.

This is dangerous to the very fabric of our society. It’s a crucial reason why the whole health law, with its centralized control over health-care decisions, must not stand.

For the record, I am not a Catholic.  I believe that life begins at conception, rather than being present in the male “seed,” and I do not have any issues with birth control that merely prevent a birth rather than actually killing a child (such as RU 486 - which also can kill the mother).

But the Catholic Church has consistently held over the centuries that any form of birth control is tantamount to abortion.

Barack Obama, I have said over and over again, is a genuinely evil man.  This is God damn America and it will continue to be God damn America until the American people wise up and utterly reject him.

This is Barack Obama’s version of Sophie’s Choice: He is trying for force the Catholic Church to either begin performing what it considers murder or to stop helping the poor and the sick.

How on earth is it going to help society to drive the Catholic Church out of helping people???

Obama doesn’t give a damn about the sick and the poor; in fact, he hopes there will be more sick and poor desperate people who must come groveling to him and bow down to his toxic agenda.

This is the most cynical form of naked partisan politik I have ever seen: Obama wants to destroy all forms of health care that he can’t directly control so that there will be nothing left but his precious ObamaCare.

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8 Responses to “Obama Imposes Abortion Agenda On Catholic Church Hospitals And Charities To Drive Them Out Of Business”

  1. Questionman Says:

    Just when I thought the racist right couldn’t sink any low, I both get proven wrong and right! I’ve read enough digusting, anti-human trash from the right that could without a dobut give the Ku Klux Klan a run for their money. Hell! Tje Right-Wing ARE the KKK of Today, even though they were the KKK of Yesterday!

    With Election time coming up so, The Right arent hiding it anymore, but they sure are dening it! They are Racists, They are Bigots, They are Homophobic extremists!
    So many hate filled comments from people who’s motivation is their Religious beliefs. People scoff at the notion that Islam is a religion of Peace; seems Christianity is no religion of peace either, but then I guess it never claimed to be.

    You people that believe abortion is wrong because the bible says so, ask yourself if Jesus would post what you are posting. Would the ultimate icon of your religion whom you should be trying your best to emulate utter the words you type here? I have the feeling he would be pretty embarrassed by the things people are saying ‘in his name’.
    Judge lest ye be judged. Sounds like all you God fearing Christians judge quite a bit. And love your neighbor as yourself?!? Sounds like there is quite a bit of hate out there. It’s amazing how atheists know more about religion than the majority of Christians. Hypocrisy at it’s best. Only God will judge the person that has an abortion. Only God will judge you for hating and discriminating against those who do.

    Judge lest ye be judged. Sounds like all you God-fearing Christians judge quite a bit. And love your neighbor as yourself?!? Sounds like there is quite a bit of hate out there. It’s amazing how atheists know more about religion than the majority of Christians. Hypocrisy at it’s best. Only God will judge the person that has an abortion. Only God will judge you for hating and discriminating against those who do. We are responsible for our own actions. When someone is on their death-bed, I’m sure there will be a long list of regrets. Maybe someday one of you pushed someone who you cared about away because they had an abortion, or because they didn’t have the same view as you did. Maybe that will be your regret. Women have a right to choose!

    The real truth here is that the majority of you are terrorists under the banner of christianity, trying to undermine the established rights of the american people. And you disgusting hypocrites having the galls to call is man “Evil” for advocating American Freedom! If Women want to get abortions, that’s their business and their right!

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    I often say that abject hypocrisy is the quintessential ingredient of the left, and if you took the hypocrite out of the liberal he or she would simply dematerialize because there is nothing to liberals BUT hypocrisy. Thank you for proving my thesis right yet again.

    Let’s recap. The same person who says:

    So many hate filled comments from people

    is the same person who says of me:

    Just when I thought the racist right couldn’t sink any low, I both get proven wrong and right! I’ve read enough digusting, anti-human trash from the right that could without a dobut give the Ku Klux Klan a run for their money. Hell! Tje Right-Wing ARE the KKK of Today, even though they were the KKK of Yesterday!

    How does your head not explode from all the contradictions contained therein?

    I’m opposed to abortion, and therefore I must be a racist. At least that logic follows to a pure distilled 100 percent racist bigot who never thought a single thought in his life apart from the prism of his naked racist hate. Otherwise it makes no sense at all.

    Black people have killed 60% of their babies via abortion. It is rightly called a “genocide” or a “holocaust.” You literally are in total approval of the genocide of blacks; and I’m a racist for wanting to save those precious black babies.

    chart showing devastation of abortion in black community

    Allow me to quote one of your saints, since you quote my Jesus:

    We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population” — Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood

    But YOU sure don’t mind wanting to exterminate the black population, don’t you, you racist hater and despiser of everything that is human and decent?

    Do you think Jesus would be pro-abortion, do you? Do you believe Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me so I can retroactively abort them?” Do you believe Jesus performed miraculous abortions by touching pregnant women’s bellies, do you, you sick racist?

    You say, “Judge lest ye be judged,” because you are as much a moral idiot as you are a racist bigot. Are you truly so stupid to believe that Jesus demanded believers abandon their ability to judge right from wrong? Are you so completely ignorant of Jesus that you don’t know that Jesus condemned the wicked?

    Since you so rabidly defend militant homosexuality as well as abortion, reflect on what St. Paul said about homosexuality and tell me how he was devoid of the ability to condemn evil.

    Interestingly, one of the passages quoted above from Paul says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Romans 2:1). I find that amusing, since you pour down hate and judgment on me while you simultaneously condemn me for being hateful and judgmental.

    Jesus said about people just like you:

    “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” — Matthew 18:6.

    But of course, you don’t just want them to sin; you want to murder them in their mothers’ wombs.

    The idea that Christians are supposed to abandon their capacity to know good from evil and to praise good and condemn evil is itself truly evil.

    This Jesus, whom you think incapable of moral judgment, spoke more about hell than anyone in the Bible.

    You should seriously pursue the study of hell, given that it is your future home unless you abandon everything you believe and fall on your face and repent.

  3. HL Says:

    Dear Michael, I read this article today and was confronted with information I had not known before. I don’t know how to determine if what Judge Napolitano is stating is true. I don’t know if you have knowledge of this but I thought I would ask. I will post his statement about how Roe vs. Wade could be undone by both houses passing legislation and a Presidential signature, then post the entire article. Thank you for any help you may offer. HL

    “If the baby in the womb is a person, then all abortion is unlawful. That’s because of the constitutional protection for all persons. The Constitution unambiguously prohibits the government from impairing or permitting others to impair the life, liberty and property of persons without due process. Here’s my political beef with so-called pro-life politicians in both parties. In the years in which the pro-life Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush were in the White House, from time to time, both chambers of Congress had pro-life majorities. Did you see any legislation passed that declared a baby in the womb to be a person? No. This could have been done by a simple majority vote and presidential signature, and Roe vs. Wade, and all the killing it spawned, would have ended.”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/judgeandrewnapolitano/2012/01/25/a_few_words_about_abortion

  4. jfkjax Says:

    Obama is executing war on the Roman Catholic Church. It all started and was obvious when some moron (or worse) at Notre Dame University allowed this idiot Obama to address the graduating class while Obama insisted on removing or obscuring the Crucifix. You better start looking at what our tyrannical government, especially Obama, is doing to destroy the Catholic religion.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    jfkjax,

    I wrote an article at the time on Obama’s Notre Dame visit: http://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/what-was-wrong-with-obamas-notre-dame-speech-on-abortion/

    I’m Protestant, so other than saying that I very much think that Obama is at war with us as much as he is with the Catholic Church (i.e., he’s at war with Christianity itself and with Judeo-Christian values), I fully agree with you.

    There are two ways that tyrannical government can undermine religion – 1) directly attack it and 2) co-opt it and weaken its foundations – and Obama is doing both.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    F–K obama

  7. Anonymous Says:

    religion = slavery

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    Anonymous

    atheism = idiocy

    When the officially state atheist Soviets were enslaving and crushing the spirits of hundreds of millions of their people, when the officially state atheist Maoists in China were enslaving and crushing the spirits of their one billion people, when the officially state atheist Khmer Rouge were enslaving and crushing the spirits of the Cambodian people, when the officially state atheist North Korean communists were enslaving and crushing the spirits of their people, we saw which worldview truly equals slavery and which does not.

    Official state atheism has led to the murders of more than one hundred million of their godless regimes’ own governments DURING PEACETIME ALONE.

    It is YOUR worldview that enslaves, fool.

    Now get lost. I don’t deal well with those who aren’t capable of thinking beyond stupid slogans.

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