Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama Chief of Staff: New Pro-Abortion Mandate Here to Stay
Life News ^ | 2/13/12 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 02/13/2012 4:49:01 PM PST by wagglebee

President Barack Obama’s right hand man said over the weekend that the revised mandate the administration put into place requiring insurance companies to distribute birth control and abortion-causing drugs to women at no cost is here to stay.

The Obama administration has revised its controversial mandate that had forced religious employers to pay for health insurance coverage that includes birth control and drugs like Plan B, the morning after pill, and ella that can cause abortions.

The revised Obama mandate will make religious groups contract with insurers to offer birth control and the potentially abortion-causing drugs to women at no cost. It will have religious employers refer women to their insurance company for coverage that still violates their moral and religious beliefs. Under this plan, every insurance company will be obligated to provide coverage at no cost.

Despite strong objections from the Cathodic bishops and pro-life groups, Jacob Lew told “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama administration believes the revised mandate addresses objections from pro-life and Catholic groups and is consistent with the president’s “very deep belief that a woman has a right to all forms of preventive health care, including contraception.”

“We have set out our policy,” Lew said. “We are going to finalize it in the final rules, but I think what the president announced on Friday is a balanced approach that meets the concerns raised both in terms of access to health care and in terms of protecting religious liberties, and we think that’s the right approach.”

“We didn’t expect to get the support of the bishops or all Catholics,” Lew continued. “We think it is a very good resolution of the problem. It’s gotten the support of a wide range of organizations from Catholic charities and the Catholic Health Association to Planned Parenthood.”

“We put out the plan that reflects where the president intended to go. This is our plan,” Lew added on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

He added on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the White House has “broad consensus, not universal consensus. This is an approach that’s right.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement saying Obama’s revised mandate involves “needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions” and it urged Congress to overturn the rule and promised a potential lawsuit.

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan said on ABC the compromise was an accounting trick and added that House Republicans would try to overturn it.

As The Weekly Standard notes in it’s ‘No Precedent for the Government Ordering Private Companies to Offer a Product for Free‘… “This issue goes well beyond the issue of religious freedom, and it highlights the unprecedented threats to limited government and liberty that Obamacare poses to all Americans, from the most devout Catholic to the most committed atheist. Americans are faced with two choices: politicized medicine and an unprecedented consolidation of power and control in Washington, or repeal.”

Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb told LifeNews “The Obama administration’s rule change doesn’t change anything. The so-called ‘accommodation’ still forces people of faith to violate their religious beliefs and core values. The issue is whether the government will respect our God-given first freedom, religious liberty. If it does not, Christians will resist, and ADF will defend them.”

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council added: “Because of a provision in Obamacare, the Obama Administration issued a “regulation” mandating that all private health insurance plans completely cover contraceptives and sterilization services (including those with abortifacient mechanisms of action). Organizations that provide insurance to their employees will be forced to cover such services, even if they have moral or religious objections.”

“The effect is that all businesses, charities, universities, non-profits, hospitals and other religious organizations, other than churches, will be forced by the Federal government to offer health coverage of contraceptives to their employees, including those like Plan B or Ella that can destroy human embryos,” he said. “In response to negative reactions from religious faithful of all stripes President Obama tried to back away from his original order, but what he did was even worse.”

“The Obama Administration would like you to think what they are doing is a “compromise.” Instead what he gave the American people is a new mandate that forces everyone to subsidize practices that violate your religious and moral beliefs. The President describes this as common ground for religious objectors however it is in fact a burial ground for the First Amendment. Religious organizations will still being paying for insurance plans who will in turn give free contraceptives to their employees. Religious individuals and entities should not subsidize health coverage of what they object,” he said. “When it comes to a person’s faith there is no compromise.”

Meanwhile, the Republican presidential candidates had been taking verbal swings at Obama for imposing the original mandate on religious employers, which is not popular in the latest public opinion poll and which even some Democrats oppose.

Congressman Steve Scalise has led a bipartisan letter with 154 co-signers calling on the Obama Administration to reverse its mandate forcing religious organizations to include drugs that can cause abortion and birth control in the health care plans of their employees.

Bishops across the country have spoken out against the original mandate and are considering a lawsuit against it — with bishops in more than 164 locations across the United States issuing public statements against it or having letters opposing it printed in diocesan newspaper or read from the pulpit.

“We cannot — we will not comply with this unjust law,” said the letter from Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. “People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens.”

The original mandate was so egregious that even the normally reliably liberal and pro-abortion USA Today condemned it in an editorial titled, “Contraception mandate violates religious freedom.”

The administration initially approved a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine suggesting that it force insurance companies to pay for birth control and drugs that can cause abortions under the Obamacare government-run health care program.

The IOM recommendation, opposed by pro-life groups, called for the Obama administration to require insurance programs to include birth control — such as the morning after pill or the ella drug that causes an abortion days after conception — in the section of drugs and services insurance plans must cover under “preventative care.” The companies will likely pass the added costs on to consumers, requiring them to pay for birth control and, in some instances, drug-induced abortions of unborn children in their earliest days.

The HHS accepted the IOM guidelines that “require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services” and those services include “FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling” — which include birth control drugs like Plan B and ella that can cause abortions. The Health and Human Services Department commissioned the report from the Institute, which advises the federal government and shut out pro-life groups in meetings leading up to the recommendations.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; bhoabortion; moralabsolutes; proaborts; prolife
NOTHING is more important to Zero than killing babies.
1 posted on 02/13/2012 4:49:12 PM PST by wagglebee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; Salvation; 8mmMauser
Pro-Life Ping
2 posted on 02/13/2012 4:51:01 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 185JHP; 230FMJ; AKA Elena; APatientMan; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; ...
Moral Absolutes Ping!

Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.

FreeRepublic moral absolutes keyword search
[ Add keyword moral absolutes to flag FR articles to this ping list ]


3 posted on 02/13/2012 4:52:27 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

I thank Obama for making the abortion issue crystal clear, so that there can be no more “compromises” by politicians
pretending that somehow they can be “moral” persons
(and or practicing Catholics) while endorsing “choice”.

It’s put up or shut up on the principles of religious freedom and the unborn’s simple right to be allowed to live.


4 posted on 02/13/2012 4:55:14 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Proly why the Obama's rent their chillun' from somebody else.

We need a valid DNA test performed by a responsible third party.

5 posted on 02/13/2012 4:57:38 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

How can this clown reach into private funds and insist that insurance companies fork over funds to give away birth control devices and pills? He has no right whatsoever to do this. We can stop him if some people have the backbone to say no.

Let us get some backbone. Say no to him. If we do so, he can do nothing. Resist. Do not go along. Get a little guts. After all, what gives him the right to dictate to anybody what they should do? He really does not have the right. Shut him down by resisting. Do not go along. Do not give these things away for free. Tell him he will have to pay for them if they are to be given away.


6 posted on 02/13/2012 4:57:43 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

“New Pro-Abortion Mandate Here to Stay”

Wrong.


7 posted on 02/13/2012 5:01:01 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maxwellsmart_agent

IS IT TIME TO INVOKE THE 25TH AMENDMENT OR ART.2 SECT.1 CL.6 OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION YET?


8 posted on 02/13/2012 5:08:57 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

The bishops must stand up in the pulpit and say “Do not vote for 0bama.” They do not have to endorse another candidate. If 0bama is voted out of office the Catholic problem is solved.


9 posted on 02/13/2012 5:08:57 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee; Graewoulf; VinceASA; Monkey Face; RIghtwardHo; pieces of time; Warthog-2; Tzar; ...
+

Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.


10 posted on 02/13/2012 5:10:45 PM PST by narses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

So, how’s that abortion exemption EO looking now, you stupid pack of crap?


11 posted on 02/13/2012 5:12:27 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

I have been thinking of Obama’s motive for issuing HHS contraception and abortion mandate during the election year. Let’s throw out some possible reasons:

1.His deep hatred on Catholicism that he cant wait any longer. This does not make sense considering his political skill.

2.He wants the population to focus on social issues instead of economic woes. And he is successful in doing so.

3.Santorum’s fortune rises as long as abortion is on the forefront because he is the only candidate most passionate about this issue. Maybe Obama favors to face Santorum in the fall. After all, Santorum as a gentleman, I don’t think he has enough meanness to fight with Obama team.

Who know...


12 posted on 02/13/2012 5:13:36 PM PST by God-fear-republican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

I have been thinking of Obama’s motive for issuing HHS contraception and abortion mandate during the election year. Let’s throw out some possible reasons:

1.His deep hatred on Catholicism that he cant wait any longer. This does not make sense considering his political skill.

2.He wants the population to focus on social issues instead of economic woes. And he is successful in doing so.

3.Santorum’s fortune rises as long as abortion is on the forefront because he is the only candidate most passionate about this issue. Maybe Obama favors to face Santorum in the fall. After all, Santorum as a gentleman, I don’t think he has enough meanness to fight with Obama team.

Who know...


13 posted on 02/13/2012 5:13:56 PM PST by God-fear-republican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Buh Bye Barrack. You just $hit the bed, bought the farm, caught the kitty.


14 posted on 02/13/2012 5:28:32 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Only until 20 January 2013 when Noot takes over.
15 posted on 02/13/2012 5:40:38 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Just saw Lew on O’Reilly. The moron looks like a baby killer.


16 posted on 02/13/2012 5:45:58 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Who will subsidize BIG government when "the rich" are all taxed out?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Candor7

17 posted on 02/13/2012 6:25:04 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Help us OB/GYN! You are our only hope!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Para-Ord.45

“is here to stay”.

Well, let us all wait until the SCOTUS renders its decision.
While I am not optimistic, there is a chance the Supremes will send this law to the TRASH heap where it so rightly belongs. Hope and pray!!!


18 posted on 02/13/2012 7:02:28 PM PST by Mr. Wright (N\)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: forgotten man
The bishops must stand up in the pulpit and say “Do not vote for 0bama.” They do not have to endorse another candidate. If 0bama is voted out of office the Catholic problem is solved.

That is a real nice sentiment, but mittins did force the moring after pill on Catholic hospitals in Mass. when he was Gov.

We need a real conservative not a RINO.

And don't get me wrong i will vote for who ever the republican running is, but I hope it is not mittins

19 posted on 02/13/2012 7:11:45 PM PST by verga (Party like it is 1773)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: God-fear-republican

I think all three of your points are valid. I also think it’s easy sometimes to forget just how far left our Dear Leader is. America has NEVER had a President this pro-abortion. Obama is simply doing what he believes. That he’s doing it so close to an election is odd, but what’s important to a majority of Americans is not important to our Dear Leader.

My question is, will America stand for this attack on personal and religious freedom?


20 posted on 02/13/2012 7:16:45 PM PST by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation' - President's political hemorrhaging to continue.
HHS Mandate - Nothing Has Changed (Donald Cardinal Weurl)
Obama Chief of Staff: New Pro-Abortion Mandate Here to Stay
WH: We Are Done Negotiating With Catholics
Notre Dame Faculty to Obama: ‘This Is a Grave Violation of Religious Freedom and Cannot Stand’
White House: No More Compromise on Contraception
Obama's anti-religious implosion
Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to rest (CAPTION)
Pat Buchanan: 'Obama is trampling on God's turf' (Video)
W.H. official: Contraceptive rule stands
Obama chief of staff: No more compromise, contraceptive rule is done deal
Bishops Reject White House’s New Plan on Contraception (Obama continues his "War On Religion")
Faith/Pro-Life Leaders to Challenge Mandate by Praying and Risking Arrest in Front of the WH
Catholic Bishops: Don't Revise, Rescind
Obama's contempt for the Constitution
How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight

Chuck Colson Reacts to Obama’s “Compromise” on Required Abortion Care for Church Employees
US Bishops: Obama's 'Compromise' Has No Clear Protection...(Needless Government Intrusion)
Protests Continue Over Insurance for Contraception, Abortifacients (Feds Under Increasing Pressure
Bishops to Obama: No dice
Paul VI: “danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities ...”
Michael Moore Goes On Anti-Catholic Twitter Rant, Distorts Contraception Debate
Religious controversy burns Obama again (the rookie Hussein is in WAY over his pay grade)
Another Catholic college vows it will ‘not violate conscience’ on Obama mandate
Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate
The Obama HHS 'Compromise' Switches the Tiger for the Lion (Not all Catholics buying Obama's bull)
Hannity on now with Priests, Pastors and Rabbis. Please watch
EDITORIAL: Obama’s free abortion pills
U.S. bishops ‘express concerns’ about Obama mandate ‘accommodation’
What Compromise? This Policy Leaves Religious Liberty in Peril and Planned Parenthood Smiling (Albert Mohler Opinion)
Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty
Southern Baptist leader: Obama gave Christians ‘the dismissive back’ of his hand
Obama's Act of Tyranny
Bishops Were Prepared for Battle Over Birth Control Coverage
'Accounting gimmick' -- Obama compromise still threatens religious liberty, leaders say
Bishops ‘concerned’ over reworded mandate; other Catholic leaders slam as ‘insult to injury’
Obama Bows to Pressure, but His Religious 'Accommodation' Even Worse

Don't Be Deceived! Evil Obama Policy Now Even MORE Evil!
Obama’s Contraceptive 'Compromise' Doesn't Pass the Smell Test ("It doesn't change a thing")
Compromise or Accommodation, it’s still unacceptable. (updated from Catholic Vote)
Pres. Obama’s “Plan B” compromise, Sr. Keehan, and the Magisterium of Nuns
Land Says Obama Mandate Most Anti-Catholic Government Action in 150 Years
Motive, Means and Opportunity: Obama’s Assault on Catholics
(Exempt Catholics) Joe Biden, Bill Daley warned of contraceptive backlash
(Tim) Thomas makes second political statement (Stands With Catholics)
Southern Baptist leader: If Obama mandate isn’t changed, Christians will go to jail
Over 150 congressional leaders demand repeal of HHS mandate
Boehner vows to overturn Obama’s birth control coverage rule
Boehner: Congress to overturn birth control policy if Obama does not reverse course
O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage
Archbishop of San Francisco says Obama ruling strikes at religious freedom
How Obama Lost the Catholic Vote
‘I am going to stick with fellow Catholics’ in Pres. Obama’s war on Catholics. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
Unholy War
Six Things Everyone Should Know about the HHS Mandate
Santorum: Obama Hostile to Christians
Understanding Oppostion to the HHS Mandate (Part 1): Why the Church Won’t Pay for Contracept

The Bishops Chickens Coming Home to Roost.
65 Orthodox Church bishops call on Obama to ‘rescind’ the ‘unjust’ contraception mandate
Doug Kmiec Writes Obama: 'Friendship Will Not Permit Me to Disregard Duty to Faith and Country'
Catholic Outcry Over Obama Administration's Birth Control Decision Could Factor In Presidential Race
Standing with the Bishops [Catholic Caucus]
Updated: *167* Bishops (More Than 90% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate
Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion
Updated: *153* Bishops (Over 80% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate
An Affront Catholics Agree On [Liberal and Conservative Catholics Against Obama Mandate]
Army Silenced Chaplains Last Sunday
Catholic Military Archdiocese & Chaplains interfered with last Sunday by Pres. Obama’s Admin
The Anti-Catholic President v. the Catholic Bishops
Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth control mandate
Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, Bishop Kevin Rhoades says
Protestants and Jews declare to White House: We stand with Catholics
Checking the Air Outside [Bp. Zubik's follow up to Obama's “To Hell with You”]
Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)
Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate
Bishop David Zubik confronts Obama
Obama’s ‘war on the church’

Pope hits out at 'radical secularism'
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]
Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS
Bishop Olmsted's Letter to Catholics [Catholic Caucus]
Liberty for the Amish & Quakers but not Catholics. . .
Contraception mandate prompts Peoria bishop to instate St. Michael Prayer (Catholic Caucus)
Phoenix bishop (Olmstead): defy feds on birth control
A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict
Speak honestly: abortion is ‘the killing of tiny human beings in the womb’ – Denver bishop
Bishop [Daniel Jenky] Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church
(Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik comments:) HHS delays rule on contraceptive coverage
Dolan: Natural law, not religious preference, dictates all life sacred
Religious leaders blast HHS over contraception mandate
Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience
OBAMA’S CONTEMPT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (mandates coverage of sterilization & contraception)
Implications of Obama Admin move to force Cath hospitals to provide contraception and sterilizations
Catholic doctors’ group launches petition against contraception mandate
Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

21 posted on 02/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Both the Catholics and the Constitutionalists are ready to fight this issue.
22 posted on 02/13/2012 8:35:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

The rallying cry for pro-lifers remains:

“WE WILL NOT COMPLY.”


23 posted on 02/13/2012 11:20:58 PM PST by DNA.2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
What we see culminating from years of “turning-a-blind-eye to the abortion issue” should be a clear indication to the Bishops in the U.S. that they absolutely erred by NOT excommunicating the Catholic public defenders of abortion. Kerry, Leahy, Pelosi, Biden, Sebelius and the list goes on and on. They should all be PUBLICLY excommunicated. NO MORE pussyfooting around.
24 posted on 02/14/2012 5:47:10 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

My raised middle finger pointed in Obama’s direction is also here to stay.

We will not comply.


25 posted on 02/15/2012 12:03:43 AM PST by DNA.2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kharis13

He did too close to election to make social issues to become the main topics for debate as he is courting back the indepedents who are quite liberal on social issues, also he wants voters to forget or to be drowned out of economic woes.

American majority will wake up only when they see pastors, priests, and religious leaders go to jail for defying health care mandate or refusing “marry” homosexuals in churches.


26 posted on 02/27/2012 5:04:14 AM PST by God-fear-republican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson