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Contraception, Against Conscience [Why EWTN Will Not Comply With Obama's Mandate]
The New York Times ^ | 2/21/12 | Michael P. Warsaw

Posted on 02/22/2012 7:10:08 AM PST by marshmallow

THIRTY years ago, a cloistered nun named Mother Angelica Rizzo started a small television station in her garage to spread the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Since then the station, EWTN, has grown into one of the largest Catholic media networks in the world, but we haven’t strayed from our values. And we won’t — even though our commitment has landed us in the cross hairs of the Obama administration.

EWTN cannot comply with the recent mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring the insurance plans of all employers, with the exception of some houses of worship, to cover the contraceptives and sterilization procedures approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These include emergency contraceptives like Plan B and Ella that can destroy human embryos — an act that we consider a violation of church teaching that all life is a sacred gift that begins at conception.

Earlier this month, in response to widespread opposition to the mandate, the president announced an “accommodation” for some religious organizations — like, potentially, EWTN — that would shift the responsibility for the coverage from the employer to the employer’s insurance carrier. But this would do nothing to solve the problem. First, EWTN self-insures, so we are the insurer. Second, even if we had an outside insurer, we would still be in the untenable position of facilitating access to drugs that go against our beliefs. And if we refused to comply with the directive, we could be hit with annual fines starting at around $600,000.

The administration’s supporters say that by opposing the rule, religious employers like EWTN are guilty of trying to coerce our employees and impose our values on them. But we are simply choosing not to participate in the use of these drugs.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Theology

1 posted on 02/22/2012 7:10:17 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Interesting that the NY Times would post this plain gospel truth.

2 posted on 02/22/2012 7:27:47 AM PST by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: marshmallow

Liberals will claim EWTN is lying about the facts and that they are simply trying to deprive women of the reproductive rights......yadda, yaddda, yadda.

I love that organizations are fighting back, but unless we get a nominee with a clear voice who can fight this, the media will swamp the issue and move on to the next agenda item.

3 posted on 02/22/2012 7:46:26 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
deprive women of the reproductive rights

None of these "rights" are related to reproduction except in the negative sense. They are anti-reproductive rights.

4 posted on 02/22/2012 8:56:20 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: marshmallow
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5 posted on 02/22/2012 4:15:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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