Monday, January 17, 2011

Moral Objections Disallowed Under ObamaCare?

No surprises here.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the US bishops for opposing free birth control under the new health care law, saying that the Catholic leaders “cannot interfere” into the matter “by turning their religious beliefs into federal law.” The ACLU made the remarks in a January 12 hearing before an Institute of Medicine committee, which has been charged with determining what should be covered as preventive care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Well, actually, the ACLU's position is precisely the opposite of "choice"; but then, so is ObamaCare.

The US Bishops' position, in contrast, is this: if an employer wants to provide artificial contraception, fine. If not, fine too.

But it goes beyond the question of what is "insured" (another odd construction.) There are plenty of Catholic health practitioners who do not want to prescribe, nor provide, artificial contraception to patients.

"Conscience" is not a consideration to the ACLU--nor, we suspect, to The Regime.

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