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Catholic college sues HHS over contraception mandate
Catholic Culture ^ | November 14, 2011

Posted on 11/14/2011 1:01:59 PM PST by NYer

Belmont Abbey College, a Benedictine college in western North Carolina, has sued the federal government in an effort to prevent the implementation of a mandate requiring private health insurance plans to cover contraception and sterilization.

“A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception, and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government would force the same monk to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounces,” said Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “This is much worse than an unfunded mandate; it is a monk-funded mandate.”

According to the Becket Fund, Belmont Abbey College will face a $140,000 fine if it chooses to drop health insurance coverage for its employees.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catholic; college; hhs

1 posted on 11/14/2011 1:02:04 PM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 11/14/2011 1:02:46 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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This will be an interesting case. A few years ago, the local Catholic hospital was ordered to provide “abortion services.” It refused, and HHS threatened to withhold federal funds, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The hospital administrators said, “fine, we won’t take any more Medicare or Medicaid patients.” It is my understanding that HHS quietly backed down.

3 posted on 11/14/2011 1:18:46 PM PST by riverdawg
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Could someone give me the address of where to send my contribution to the Beckett Fund.

4 posted on 11/14/2011 1:21:13 PM PST by ardara
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In this post-American nation, the Church must practice the Voluntary separation of church and state. Why partner with satan? (Yes, satan; our government is evil).

5 posted on 11/14/2011 1:24:02 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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This has nothing to do with being “partners” of the Federal government. It’s a law affecting every employer of any kind who provides insurance and extorting money from those who don’t.

6 posted on 11/14/2011 1:28:08 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Without common referents, we are all merely inarticulate refugees from Babel."~Nicknamedbob)
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