Insights from the Press
I would like to share two well-written editorials about the recent lawsuit against the healthcare mandate. The first editorial was printed in yesterday’s New York Daily News.
Here is an excerpt:
The church’s positions on contraception and abortion have been clear from time immemorial. While many Americans — perhaps most — live by other codes, Catholic teaching holds that intervening in the procreative process and terminating pregnancy violate the sanctity of life.
Dismissing that principle of faith, the administration decreed that, under the Obama health reform program, even church-related employers must provide insurance coverage whose benefits include not only contraception, but contraception without any payments by patients.
Click here to read the whole editorial.
The second editorial was printed in the Wall Street Journal. (The online version is password protected. You would need an account to view it.)
Here is an excerpt from the editorial:
The famously liberal Notre Dame gave President Obama an honorary degree in 2009 despite his support for abortion rights. At the time, Notre Dame President John Jenkins applauded Mr. Obama’s “willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate.”
So much for that. The lawsuit signals that far from engaging with “those who disagree,” Mr. Obama has rebuffed Catholic leaders in their attempt to work out a compromise over the Administration’s mandate that all insurance plans offer contraception and sterilization services, including abortifacients. “If the government wants to provide such services,” Father Jenkins said in a statement Monday, “means are available that do not compel religious organizations to serve as its agents.”
But the Administration deliberately rejected any such means, exempting a religious employer only if it is a nonprofit whose goal is the “inculcation of religious values” and which primarily employs and serves people who share the same values. That leaves out legions of parochial schools, universities, hospitals, soup kitchens and other charities whose beliefs are also threatened by the mandate.
You can read the whole editorial here. Again, you would need a WSJ account to read it.