Last summer, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that new regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require religious organizations to provide free birth control—including the abortion-inducing “morning after pill.”
With this proclamation, we saw the real agenda of the “pro-choice” and “separation of church and state” adherents. They want to foist their choice and their vision of Utopia upon the Church. And anyone who disagrees will be vilified.
Faith-based opposition to the ruling is being labeled as a “War on Women.” This is utter propaganda.
The real issue is that the Catholic Church (and others) will be forced (albeit indirectly) to provide a de facto abortion service to its employees in the form of the morning after pill. While the Catholic Church professes that birth control itself is wrong, admittedly a belief not held by most, it more importantly stands steadfast that human life begins at conception, a view very likely shared by a majority of Americans.
It is vital to understand that no one is out to deny a woman’s access to birth control. That argument is laughable on its face—birth control is readily available to all adults at any corner drug store. Not a single woman in America is being denied access to birth control.
The debate is whether the federal government has the power under the ACA to force a church to assist in what it considers the murder of an innocent human being. On this matter it seems, no freedom of conscience or constraint of government power will be tolerated.
Granted, the Obama Administration was unprepared for the storm of opposition from religious groups over the initial announcement. It sought to backtrack and placate with a subsequent ruling that insurance companies, not the church organizations that contract with them, would provide the prescription-based abortifacient.
This is a distinction without a difference. For the record, the latest pronouncement still requires churches to contract with what will amount to be abortion providers. In doing so, churches will help fund abortion. Apparently, the Administration thinks we’re stupid enough to believe the problem is now solved.
The Catholic Church certainly is not fooled. Its immediate negative reaction to the Administration’s insurance company gambit has now coalesced into legal action—a big one.
At least 43 Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of New York and the Catholic University of America last week filed suit in federal court to block the HHS ruling. We applaud them.
The Catholic Church and evangelicals are of course often divided on matters of doctrine, but in this conflict we should all stand united. Your prayers are urgently needed. Pray for wisdom for the judges assigned to the case. Pray that the Catholic Church will ultimately prevail in its defense of religious liberty in America.
I believe it was God’s intent that we use money contributed to the Church to save lives, not to destroy them.
By the way, it was bittersweet to see that my last column was correct in advising caution with the Facebook IPO. Some are now calling it the worst IPO of the last decade. Now if I could just call a stock early that I think might go the other direction!
Also, we are keeping our eyes on the storms that are brewing in Greece with the pending national vote on June 17th and the potential contagion in the Eurozone. We will write about this soon as events develop. In the meantime, remember Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”