Obama Forces Religious Institutions to Cover Free Contraception for Employees

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The Obama Administration boasted today about forcing religious institutions to cover free contraception to employees including abortion drugs. The president bragged about the law to a St. Louis audience last year.
Catholic Vote reported, via Free Repubic:

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.

Catholic leaders previously voiced their opposition to the new Obamacare regulations that force faith groups to violate church tenets and pay for employees’ birth control. The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption.

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  • StrangernFiction

    The Land of the Decree and the Home of the Slave

  • Oldsailors Poet

    So he is attacking the Catholic Church? Most Latinos are Catholic. Way to alienate a base Mr. Wile E Coyote (Super Genius).

  • Granny

    Not two weeks ago the Supreme Court of the United States of America put forth a unanimous decision on a religious liberty case that specified that religious institutions are not subject to various employment laws. I suspect Obama is counting his chickens FAR too soon in the face of a direct precident.


  • Molon Labe


    Great post!

  • an observer

    Catholic institutions should not only ignore Sebelius, but publicly defy her. Let Obama’s minion try to enforce it. It’s be ANOTHER unanimous decision in favor of religious liberty.

  • Patty

    Letter to Obama: It’s not just Catholics who oppose HSS over ‘contraception mandate’

    The services outlined in the guidelines will be required in insurance policies that begin their plan years Aug. 1 of this year or thereafter, according to HHS. If the interim rule on the religious exemption is altered, it will become effective at the same time.

    In addition to Land, other signers of the letter included Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Colby May, senior counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice; Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus on the Family; Stanley Carlson-Thies, president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance; Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; Abba Cohen, vice president for federal affairs of Agudath Israel of America; Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action; and Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

    Also signing were the heads of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Christian Community Development Association, Christian Legal Society and Prison Fellowship Ministries. The presidents of four schools affiliated with Baptist state conventions — David Olive of Bluefield College, William Fleming of Palm Beach Atlantic University, Samuel Oliver of East Texas Baptist University and Lee Royce of Mississippi College – signed the letter as well.

    Regarding the abortion-causing drugs covered under the contraceptive mandate, “emergency contraception,” also known as the “morning-after” pill, is basically a heavy dose of birth control pills. While the normally two-step process can restrict ovulation in a woman or prevent fertilization, it also can block implantation of the early embryo in the uterine wall. The latter effect would cause an abortion, pro-life advocates point out. An IUD also can prevent implantation.

    “Ella,” though approved as “emergency contraception” by the FDA in 2010 and labeled a “morning-after” pill by supporters, is more closely related to the abortion drug RU 486, according to pro-life organizations. Like RU 486, it blocks production of the hormone progesterone, destroying the placenta that provides nutrition to the embryo and causing the tiny, unborn child’s death, the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists says. “Ella” also can block implantation.

    During a public comment period provided by HHS, Land protested in a Sept. 30 submission the use of taxpayer funds in support of abortion drugs and the violations of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in the guidelines.


  • Duke C

    They must destroy the power of the church, so the take over is complete. They believe all voters are sheeple that can be herded to their will, or they will raise the dead on election day and cram their agenda down on us. It has been predicted in the Book of Daniel 11:20 -45 and in Revelations. Get right with God.

  • Zim

    Don’t worry the catholics will vote for Obama no matter what….just like the jewish people.

  • Molon Labe

    Someone explain to me again that Obama is a Christian.

    Only the stupidest can support this man. I am amazed that there are those who still support Mr. 666.

  • StrangernFiction

    Catholic institutions should not only ignore Sebelius, but publicly defy her.

    And the more public the better.

  • StrangernFiction

    Don’t worry the catholics will vote for Obama no matter what….just like the jewish people.

    It would be interesting to see the breakdown of support for Obama between Catholics and non-Catholics.

  • Economan

    Another feather in the tyranical hat for Obama. Where’s the shock? He’s been shredding the Constitution like P Prenthood shreds documents. The media of course, will color it wonderful and the SCOTUS will sit on its hands as it has done the OTHER times Obama misuses power and grabs for more.

  • Patty

    And as far as Catholic and Jews voting for Obama. I have spoken to those of both faiths. And where I live the majority WILL NOT, vote for Obama this go round.

  • Kendra

    And yet Muslims will be allowed to opt out of obamacare…. I’m disgusted with this man.

  • Patty

    I hear that Obama doesn’t endorse any faith. Nor does he speak of his beliefs. THAT IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS WANTING ALL OF US TO BELIEVE.

    Really? Why doesn’t he? ever wonder about that? First two years, nothing, and for months never went to Church on Sunday. Left Wright’s church, why, POLITICAL CAREER.

    President Obama is “ramping up his ‘God talk’ for the re-election campaign, in late 2011. Campaign season in full swing for Politician in Chief.

    His strategy to connect with evangelical voters may not work for Obama.

    We will see if America remembers the past history or the liberal media keep covering things up.

  • Stuart

    Right on StrangernFiction #10
    It is time that the churches said NO!!!!! What is the government going to do? Well the first thing would be to sue and attempt to take church property. What of it?
    It is long past time for the evangelical churches to stand with Luther and declare: “heir steih ich, ich cann nicht tun anders”. Translation here I stand I can not do otherwise.
    Also from Luther’s Ein Feste Berg: ( A Mighty Fortress)
    Take they our life, goods, fame, child, and wife, let these all be gone, they yet have nothing won. The Kingdom ours remaineth.

    In case you are curious I am not a religious person but I recognize oppression when I see it. It is time to stand against it.

  • Robert

    No need to feel sorry for the Catholics,
    they are just getting what they voted for.

  • ES & D, MF
  • Patty

    Is his faith, no hand on his heart when the pledge of alliance is said. Is his faith G ding America. Is is faith prejudice or more like saying one thing to his audience and the behind close doors to the complete opposite.

    Who can forget these words: Obama Says He Doesn’t Want His Daughters Punished with a Baby.

    So, abort the baby is in Obama care. We will pay for it and they will ignore the people again.

    See a pattern here?

  • Gus

    Someone explain to me, how the GOVERNMENT has any business in REQUIRING INSURANCE companies to give away things for free?