After initially supporting President Obama’s compromise to the HHS Contraception mandate, the Catholic Health Association notified HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius that it was “unlikely to adequately meet the religious liberty concerns” of their hospitals and health groups nationwide.
I’m glad they’ve recognized that not only does the compromise amount to little more than an accounting trick, but the administration has now narrowly redefined what counts as a “religious employer” to only include religious groups who minister to those who already share their beliefs. So, Catholic charities, hospitals, homeless shelters, and universities are all disqualified from the exemption and will be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs.
The archdiocese of Washington DC has filed a lawsuit, and you can hear why this weekend on BreakPoint This Week when I talk with Archbishop Cardinal Wuerl. Listen at BreakPoint.org. If the government’s intrusion is not abated, whose toes will they step on next? For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.