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Outrageous HHS Final Rule: Catholic Groups Must Cover Contraceptives

This is outrageous. HHS has issued its final ruling on exemptions from contraceptive coverage for health plans even in the face of religious obejctions. Too bad.

And in what passes for compromise for the lunatic secular left currently running the country, they will give religious groups an extra year to comply if you can PROVE you are really a religious group (which is difficult to impossible with these people), but comply you will.

This is outrageous. We must demand that the next President/Congress reverse this on day 1.

A statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended contraceptive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible. The rule allows certain non-profit religious employers that offer insurance to their employees the choice of whether or not to cover contraceptive services. Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA -approved forms of contraception. Women will not have to forego these services because of expensive co-pays or deductibles, or because an insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. This rule is consistent with the laws in a majority of states which already require contraception coverage in health plans, and includes the exemption in the interim final rule allowing certain religious organizations not to provide contraception coverage. Beginning August 1, 2012, most new and renewed health plans will be required to cover these services without cost sharing for women across the country.

After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule. Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule. We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support. We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.

Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families, it is documented to significantly reduce health costs, and is the most commonly taken drug in America by young and middle-aged women. This rule will provide women with greater access to contraception by requiring coverage and by prohibiting cost sharing.

This decision was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty. I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services. The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good. And this final rule will have no impact on the protections that existing conscience laws and regulations give to health care providers.
Religious liberty means do what we say in one year? These people are monsters!!

Update from Matt: hey, remember when Obama was honored at Notre Dame and said:
Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of women."
I guess he wasn't really telling the truth, huh? Looks like Notre Dame got played.

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53 comments:

SherryTex said...

You may have a year to pray for change. You may have a year to not encourage sinful actions. You may have a year...how generous of our betters.

Mary De Voe said...

HHS does not make law, nor does Obama, nor does Obamacare. Congress makes law according to the voice of the people according to the will of the people. If Sebelius can make a ruling to make Catholics provide and pay for contraceptives, Sebelius can also make a rule that people ought not use contraceptives. Discrimination against virgins and chaste persons also discrimination against celibates. This rule alleges that all American citizens are rabid sex abusers and indifferent to their beloved partner's immortal soul which is inscribed in our founding principles. HHS rule is against our Declaration of Independence with its endowed gifts of unalienable rights. HHS rule denies our immortal soul. Yes, our immortal soul. Our immortal soul wherein lies all of man's genius. If all men are created equal, let them become celibate and refrain from incestuous lust and remain virgins, and we will not ask them to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

What balance are they talking about? It is their way or the highway. I do find it interesting that they are telling organizations to notify their employees of this change. This seems to me that they want to advertise how good this administration is and therefore you should vote them back in? People need to wake up and vote these people out of office before they take every last liberity away from us and our churches!

Mary De Voe said...

Ha, let all religious organizations tell HHS that all members are celibate, anyone who complains or files for contraceptives use is OUT. With the job market at nil, there will be many who will embrace chastity out of expediency and self-preservation. It is time to play hard ball with the numbnuts.

Mary De Voe said...

Didn't the Supreme Court just rule that churches cannot be discriminated against by law in hiring practices? If government wants more people on unemployment, unemployed, hungry and using contraceptives. Now that makes sense. Go for it.

Matthew said...

No doubt that sad shell of a group: "Democrats for Life" wil explain to us once again how very Pro-Life Obamacare is. Thank you, Stupak contingent.

Blackrep said...

"Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families."

Please clarify... do they mean the weight gain?
The mood swings?
The breakthrough bleeding?
The loss of libido?
The blood clots?
The strokes?
The breast cancer?
A dead woman here and there?
A dead baby here and there?

Mary De Voe said...

Ha. Catholic groups do not have any contraceptives users. Let us make this a documented reality.

Anonymous said...

Well at least this should make November easy for Catholics workers to vote:

1. Keep hospitals open and keep your benefits
2. Vote for Obama and no more Catholic health care or worker benefits.

Red Cardigan said...

You know what? I think a bunch of NFP users ought to demand free charts, thermometers, appointments with NFP counselors, etc. from their *secular* employers' health coverage under the rule that women are entitled to the "full range" of these "services." What, you only cover poison pills and prophylactics? You're going to make poor women *pay* for a decent basal thermometer and other NFP necessities? How discriminatory of you! etc. The agenda here is so transparent that it's sickening: anything natural (having babies, using NFP or other natural means of fertility regulation, etc.) is "bad" and anything artificial (ingesting hormone-altering chemicals, putting up latex barriers, aborting, etc.) is "good." Welcome to the brave new world.

Ray said...

What Blackrep said.

Ray said...

What Blackrep said.

Midday said...

This line is the real kicker (was the comma intentional?):
"The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good."

Sec. Sebelius, naturally, determines what constitutes a healthy community and the common good.

On the bright side, if Santorum gets the Republican nomination, there may actually be a discernible difference between the two major presidential candidates this time around.

Timothy said...

Operation "Convert Churches Into Planned Parenthood Centers" a total success!

Rick said...

Last time I checked, the Church taught that artificial contraception, the one mandated by HHS for Catholic agencies to fund, was taught to be immoral and consequently sinful. So, in essence HHS is mandating the Church agencies to collaborate with a sinful act? Imagine my shock - this coming from the most ethical administration ever. Ethical my ass. The Pope has written out another warning about these godless bastards. Expect it to get worse until Obama gets out.

Siobhan said...

"The challenge that these regulations posed for many groups remains unresolved," said Sister Carol Keehan, president of the group. "This indicates the need for an effective national conversation on the appropriate conscience protections in our pluralistic society."

When are the people who got us into this mess going to be excommunicated???

Jennifer Merkel said...

Another effort by Obama and Co. to do as much damage as possible before those chickens come home to roost.

Anthony S. Layne said...

And if you try to resist, I bet you get a free tour of Gitmo.

Anonymous said...

Obamas health schemes are simply a different version of Romneycare and the rest of the Republicare schemes being peddled. Give the state power and it will be used against you. Birth control, sex dysfunctions and eugenics is a favorite attack by the power elite one world order gang. Ron Paul is the only one against it.

Mary De Voe said...

The first and foremost reason that Obamacare is illegal, pernicious and dangerous is because it is the duty of the state to protect and defend virginity, chastity, innocence and every virtue which our Creator has endowed within the immortal soul of the sovereign person (The Declaration of Independence), so that government can bring forth informed consent and nurture the emancipation and maturity of every citizen as government has been authorized authentically to do. Only truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth has freedom. All else is perjury and criminal invasion against the innocence of our constitutional posterity, violation of virginity, and ultimately rape of our children’s minds and souls. Yes. There is pornography, the vice that degrades all men into the pit of lust. There is homosexual activity that denigrates the immortal soul of man, whom God, our Creator, in His infinite wisdom and grace through Divine Providence, has instilled in man’s soul a desire for love, fruitful, merciful, and gentle. Yes. There is abortion, the destruction of nature and nature’s God (The Declaration of Independence) to dispose of the will of God and impose the will of man against the will of God. Every vice brings America to ruin, while every virtue builds up the general welfare and the common good. America is constituted by the sovereign personhood endowed by our Creator when the newly begotten immortal soul of the person comes into existence through, and with and in God WHO is EXISTENCE, WHO IS BEING. Therefore, man is called a human BEING, a human BEING, whose civil rights to freedom in the exercise of innocence and all virtue is being impinged upon by all vice, selfishness, invincible ignorance and Satanic activity. The government needs the prayers of the church, needs the prayers of the faithful, needs the acknowledgement of God to bring about and keep order for its very continuance, lest the evil, insurmountable and uncountable, submerge our nation into oblivion. Annihilated? No. America was once a great and prosperous nation. Freedom was accomplished, for ourselves and other peoples. Would these rescued peoples recognize us anymore through the proliferation of abortion, prostitution, pornography, sodomy, perjury and violation of every virtue? Would theses rescued peoples want to? It is the duty of government to protect and defend every innocent citizen. Contraception is a lie. Pornography is a lie. Abortion is a lie. Sodomy is a lie. Prostitution is a lie. Perjury is a lie.

Nick said...

Close every Catholic hospital.


It's the only option other than capitulation.

Mary De Voe said...

Cleopatra used alligator dung and lemon peels as a contraceptive. Cleopatra also befriended an asp. Alligator dung and lemon peels is still safer than the pill. If HHS send out leaflets offering this good advice...

Samson J. said...

I think a bunch of NFP users ought to demand free charts, thermometers, appointments with NFP counselors, etc. from their *secular* employers' health coverage under the rule that women are entitled to the "full range" of these "services."

That is actually a great idea. If these things aren't covered, why not? Why don't you start a movement to have them covered?

Anonymous said...

Jane Roe, Norma McCorvey endorsed Ron Paul.
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2008/01/22/4433288-jane-roe-endorses-paul

Mary De Voe said...

Taxation without representation. Good Catholics do not use contraception and they ought not be taxed to pay for another's.

Anonymous said...

Maybe instead of giving speeches about freedom in the U.S., the Pope will shepherd some non-Catholics out of the "Catholic" church...

Subvet said...

Don't expect it to get better if (big IF there) Obama is voted out. The "go along to get along" mentality is deeply rooted in the GOP, remember how Michael Steele spoke of a "big tent"? How peculiar is it that the most prolife candidates that had a chance of being elected (that rules out Ron Paul & Rick Santorum) have been smeared & slimed to the point of leaving the race? If you think our problems will go away after 1/20/13 you need your meds checked.

Katie O. said...

Why is everyone so concerned with the rights of religious institutions? How come I haven't heard any outcry over the abridging of the religious rights of individuals? I am a Catholic, and the use of birth control is against my religion. How can the government force me to pay for it without destroying my right to religious freedom?

Margaret said...

And, Katie O., what about Catholic small business owners while we're at it? It sucks all around-- for individuals, businesses and charitable agencies.

C Cooper said...

I don't understand why anyone is surprised by this. Hasn't anyone been paying attention to how this administration deals with people? Imperious contempt for the constitution, federal statutes, public opinion, the truth and even the administration's own supporters. First they came for the bondholders, ignoring federal bankruptcy law. But that was years ago and nobody cared about them.

Micha Elyi said...

"Close every Catholic hospital.

It's the only option other than capitulation."
-Nick

At the very least, dear bishops, insist that every Catholic institution* in your diocese submit plans describing how it will (a) conform to church teaching in this matter and (b) wind up its affairs and close in the event it cannot.

*not just hospitals, everything!

Micha Elyi said...

"Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families."

Please clarify...
-Blackrep

It's a kind of mini death panel.

Midday said...

Does anyone know if this decision applies to crisis pregnancy centers, e.g., will the Birthright center located on our church's property be forced to comply?

Jonathan said...

What she meant to say was, "we need the same support from Catholics that we got in 2008 in order to win this year, so here is the rationale to satisfy your conscience when you enter the voting booth."

Mary De Voe said...

The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state cannot, does not, have the authority to dictate to the church its hiring practices that will eventually lead to women priests, against the (FREE) will of the Catholic Church's Founder, Jesus Christ. Will the Supreme Court Justices now decide that forcing Catholic Church organizations, institutions, and Catholic persons, followers of Jesus Christ, into doing violence to the laws of nature and nature’s God (The Declaration of Independence) against the (FREE) will of the Catholic Church’s Founder, the PERSON of Jesus Christ? It behooves the Justices to seek Justice and “render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s”, for God gives the FREEDOM that the state is constituted to defend, enforce and bring to birth. FREEDOM.

nan said...

Outrageous is right.I am an RN at a Catholic hospital. I work at a Catholic hospital because I like the compassionate care this hospital is known for. Because I wouldn't be pressured to assist in abortions. Don't think that's part of this whole fiasco? Now what? And where is the coverage on Fox news? All I see is coverage of the Republican caucuses, the cruise ship disaster and the pipeline battle. It's been done under the radar - the only article in a newspaper I've seen so far is in a U.K. newspaper. I'm angry. Wake up America!

Anonymous said...

The only real alternative the Church has here is to disregard the ruling and let the government sue. To do less would compromise the Church's integrity. PLUS I am pretty sure the Government would not relish the idea of facing the Church in court over this matter, particularly in light of the most recent Supreme Court ruling of 2 weeks ago. And let's not even talk about how the majority of US citizens--you know, those who "cling to their Bibles and their guns"--would react. I think Sebillius and her boss may have skated uncomfortably close to the thin ice on this one.

Fr. Martin Farrell, op
Canada

Lisa Schmidt said...

Did you catch this story in today's WSJ (The Mounting Tragedy of Missing Baby Girls). We are on a slippery slope headed in this direction: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204555904577166820193811222.html?mod=lifestyle_newsreel

Gail Finke said...

Katie O and Margaret: Hear, hear! Why are we fighting for an exception for religious entities? Why should ANY private company have to pay for insurance that the owners consider immoral? As a newlywed, long before I was a practicing Catholic, I worked for a company that did not cover contraception. I was shocked. I thought that as a married woman I was entitled to contraceptive pills. That was a big lesson for me -- that just because I wanted that, I was not ENTITLED to it. If I wanted it I had to pay for it. It was not the company owner's responsibility to get me whatever I wanted. Long before I shared those beliefs (and the owners were NOT Catholic) I learned to respect that people paying for my insurance believed in paying only to cover my illnesses and, yes, my pregnancy. I came to understand that this was their right, no matter what I thought about it.

Used to post said...

To quote Rick up there, "Ethical my ass!" You said it.

To quote Mary De Voe, "Alligator dung". That is what this all is. A giant steaming heap of alligator dung.

Make sure you don't speak ill of this, lest you be branded a terrorist and then subject to a drone strike.

Isn't Sebelius a Catholic? Love how that just shines through.

Amy said...

We just don't do it. Screw the fines, screw the law.

We have no moral obligation to pay for someone else's contraception. Period.

The First Amendment is on our side. Just ignore the law and keep on working. It's time we just engaged in MASSIVE Catholic civil disobedience.

Anonymous said...

When the President made the statement back in the Spring of 2008, I recall all of the networks covered it (as well as the news anchors). This was around the same time Pope Benedict visited this country and the motto of the visit was "Christ Our Hope" Sadly as soon as the Pope left, this was quickly forgotten and new "Hope" would be Obama and it is sad most Americans (including Catholics)ignored all of these warning signs. I myself knew in my gut he would be BAD for our Country the night he was elected. I was never fooled by any of his smooth talk.

Mr. H. said...

Belmont Abbey College has taken the lead in the legal fight against this mandate:
http://allhands-ondeck.blogspot.com/2012/01/belmont-abbey-college-leads-fight.html

Let us pray that many other Catholic institutions join them in this fight.

lifevictorious said...

HHS: Hellish Hitler-esque Sebelius.

Horrid.

Anonymous said...

Deeply saddened by this decision. The Catholic Church is being attacked -and now Catholics are supposed to sin by government direction -and this happening in the land of the free, the country which protects religion from government intervention. I can't accept that. I won't accept that. My heart is torn. This is intolerable. Obama has to go. It's the only option.

Denise said...

For those suggesting that NFP should be covered if chemical contraceptives are covered, I made that recommendation http://tiny.cc/5kjn5 when the first HHS announcement came out. It didn't gain any traction, but maybe if more folks demand equal treatment for NFP, it will.

Kevin M. Young said...

And, pray tell, where is the public excommunication for Sebelius? Pelosi? Biden?

The SSPX are held at arms length while these people are admitted to communion every Sunday? Give me a break.

Momof11 said...

Coverage for NFP supplies would not make it right to pay for contraceptives and sterilizations. Serious question here: Must all insurance policies cover childbirth? If not, why not?

Anonymous said...

It's that time again...

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government,...

The history of the present US Presidential administration is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.....

Anonymous said...

The time has come when the leadership in the House should take on some bravery and send a clear message to this administration. No more playing nice. It is time to act and act decisively. The Speaker's words today will sound increasingly hollow if he does not follow up.

Anonymous said...

The time has also come for the bishops to declare without any reservation that any public official who does not speak out against this decision should consider themselves to be execommunicated from the Church: and this includes Vice President Biden.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that we are not just talking about "birth control" - whatever that means. The pill is an abortifacient, so we are talking about early abortion.

Anonymous said...

We must try to stop sinners from bearing more sin into this world. They have not found our Faith yet, so continue engaging in lustful activities rather than promoting love and God's laws. I am tired of supporting these sinners with taxes that go toward curing the ills their lust causes, and paying to imprison the sinful, disease-ridden, drug-addicted adults their children become.
Therefore, I would rather pay for these sinners not to have children now as opposed to paying to support them and the sinful children they bear later. We must stand together and encourage Obama to stop these ungodly sinners who cannot control their loins from creating more sinners.

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