frgavin on February 10th, 2012

By Janet Daley, Telegraph

A quite unexpected hurricane has hit the Obama campaign ship. The President has done what is, on the face of it, a startlingly foolhardy thing. He has provoked outrage in the Catholic Church and thus in that huge US constituency – now larger than ever due to a vast increase in the Hispanic community – which takes its Roman Catholic faith very seriously.
One of the provisions of Obamacare’s Affordable Care Act which obliges employers to provide mandatory health insurance, is that such policies must cover the provision of contraceptive services. While churches and specifically religious institutions (such as convents presumably) are exempt, other places of employment run by the Church would not be. So a Roman Catholic school, university or hospital would be obliged to provide contraception for its employees even though this goes against its religious beliefs and teaching. The Obama administration is now facing opposition not only from the Republicans – who see it as a straightforward breach of the First Amendment right to freedom of religious observance – but from Democratic Congressmen and Senators many of whom come from states with large Catholic populations.
Read here

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.