Roman Catholic Church VS. Obama’s Contraception Mandates

WHY does the Roman Catholic Church attempt to take away an individual’s freedom of religion, by claiming that it is THEIR religious freedom that is being taken away? Regardless of name, these “Catholic” hospitals are run for profit, not charity. If they gave their services to the poor, instead of expecting the government or the patients to pay for them, then, and only then would they have any right to hide behind freedom of religion.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said


“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

(source = this linked article from the US Conference of Catholic bishops own website)

There are a few problems with this statement. First, no American citizen is being forced to choose between those things. Contraception is not being forced on anyone. The OPTION of contraception is being made available to those who need it. Since these “religiously-run medical facilities” are what the public must use in many areas (I just had my knee operated on in a “Catholic” hospital, paid for by a government program), all this does is make medical care appropriate to those of all faiths available to them. That one year extension is a polite concession so that those BUSINESSES that operate FOR PROFIT, that make money off the GOVERNMENT, can quit hiding behind RELIGION, and stop denying the fundamental rights of those who have no choice but to use them.

If these “Catholic hospitals” wish to operate without following government mandates, then they need to start following the teachings of Christ, and minister unto the poor, by giving of their own riches. As it is, these hospitals are businesses who rely on government payments to continue operating. As such, they must concede to the first amendment rights of all who utilize them, even those whose beliefs require a responsible approach to procreation.

Once again I find myself amazed at how far modern religion has been twisted by politics and power-grubbing.


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