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  • Obama imposes will in contraception compromise

    02/14/2012 9:42:32 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/14/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    From San Francisco, the controversy over the White House decision to require religious-affiliated employers to provide contraception in their employee health care benefits has felt like an argument about the barn door being open years after the horse got out of the barn. In 1996, San Francisco effectively forced Catholic Charities to offer domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples (without calling them domestic-partner benefits) in order to receive city funds to care for the sick. A 1999 law made California one of 28 states that now require employers to include contraception in health-care plans that cover prescriptions. Yet the Obama administration...
  • 12 state attorneys general: we will file lawsuit against Obama mandate ‘in weeks, not months’

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2012, ( – Within weeks, the top lawyers in a dozen states may file a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s controversial requirement that all insurance plans include access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, the attorney general of Nebraska told LifeSiteNews. Jon Bruning told that 12 states had signed onto a scathing critique of the mandate and were preparing to take more serious action. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning On Friday, ten state attorneys general addressed a scathing letter to President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis....
  • Obama's revised HHS mandate won't solve problems, USCCB president says

    02/14/2012 9:15:46 AM PST · by Petrosius · 3 replies
    Catholic New Service ^ | February 14, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    ROME (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of New York said Feb. 13 that President Barack Obama's revision to the contraceptive mandate in the health reform law did nothing to change the U.S. bishops' opposition to what they regard as an unconstitutional infringement on religious liberty. "We bishops are pastors, we're not politicians, and you can't compromise on principle," said Cardinal-designate Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "And the goal posts haven't moved and I don't think there's a 50-yard line compromise here," he added. "We're in the business of reconciliation, so it's not that we hold...
  • HHS Mandate - Nothing Has Changed

    02/13/2012 6:05:36 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    Email from Archdiocese of Washington | 13Feb2012 | Donald Cardinal Wuerl
    February 13, 2012 Dear Friends, Last Friday President Obama attempted to respond to the strong objections that have been raised by the Catholic Church and other faith communities to the Department of Health and Human Services’ unprecedented mandate that would force religious institutions, in violation of their religious beliefs, to provide and pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization. Unfortunately, the “accommodation” that the President announced still presents grave moral concerns and continues to violate our constitutionally protected religious liberty. The administration’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, particularly in the...
  • Did the Leaders of the Catholic Church Make a Deal with the Redistributionist Devil?

    02/13/2012 2:58:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: In that sense, as the program unfolds today, we're gonna go back and revisit this whole contraception, abortion, Catholic Church business. There was a piece called to my attention over the weekend at Ricochet, it's a website started by a good friend of mine Peter Robinson. Peter Robinson took over the equivalent of Firing Line, hosted by William Buckley when Buckley gave that show up. Peter's out at Stanford at Palo Alto and he started the website Ricochet, and it's a highbrow place, highbrow conservatives. Paul Rahe (r-a-h-e), a professor at Hillsdale College, wrote a brilliant piece...
  • White House: No More Compromise on Contraception

    02/12/2012 7:59:57 PM PST · by Qbert · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2012 | Jared A. Favole & Julian E. Barnes
    White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to relax a requirement that religious employers cover contraception in health plans, saying the president struck an appropriate balance and wasn’t open to further compromise. “I have to say that the solution that we came up with puts no religious institution in a position where it either has to pay for or facilitate the provision of benefits they find objectionable,” Mr. Lew said on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley. Mr. Lew said the president put out a solid plan, and when asked whether...
  • Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to rest (CAPTION)

    02/12/2012 2:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to restBy Mike Lillis - 02/12/12 10:38 AM ET President Obama's new birth-control stance should put to rest the controversy over employer-sponsored contraception coverage, a top administration official said Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said Obama's new plan, unveiled Friday, effectively addresses "the core issue" of simultaneously ensuring religious freedom and women's access to healthcare. "It does not force an institution that has religious principle to offer or pay for benefits that they find objectionable, but it guarantees a women's right to access. We think that's the...
  • Bishops Reject White House’s New Plan on Contraception (Obama continues his "War On Religion")

    02/12/2012 6:35:08 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    ny times ^ | 2/11/2012 | By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have rejected a compromise on birth control coverage that President Obama offered on Friday and said they would continue to fight the president’s plan to find a way for employees of Catholic hospitals, universities and service agencies to receive free contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans, without direct involvement or financing from the institutions. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — which has led the opposition to the plan — said in a statement late Friday that the solution offered by the White House to quell a political furor was “unacceptable and must...
  • When Karl Marx Speaks, Barack Obama Listens

    02/13/2012 11:13:41 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 14 replies ^ | 2/12/2012 | Matt Barber
    Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews – Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up. They’ve picked it up. From running up trillions in debt and deficit, to the vast expansion of the size and scope of federal bureaucracy, Mr. Obama has done more in three years to supplant our 236 year-old Constitutional Republic with a Euro-style socialist autocracy – than a lesser Marxist could have...
  • Should It Be Illegal to Be a Catholic Health-Insurance CEO? (Bad Theology)

    02/13/2012 11:17:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | February 13, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Here’s an aspect of the HHS preventive-services mandate and the “compromise” announced on Friday that has gone unnoticed: It will soon be impossible, because it would be illegal, to be a faithful Catholic in America running a health-insurance company. Friday’s announcement — that health-insurance companies will be required to provide free coverage of contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients — entails that citizens cannot operate a health-insurance company in accord with their moral values, if those moral values happen to align with historic Christianity rather than Obama.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s free abortion pills (Obama forces religious organizations to give abortions)

    02/13/2012 5:07:12 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    washington times ^ | 2/10/2012 | staff
    Someone should tell President Obama there’s no such thing as a free abortion pill. The White House is trying to douse a political wildfire sparked by an Obamacare mandate forcing religiously affiliated institutions to provide a full range of contraception measures for employees - including pills that induce abortions. Catholic and other religious leaders with principled objections cried foul, citing promises that they and their affiliates would be covered by a “conscience waiver” for any provisions of the law that created this kind of moral dilemma. On Friday Mr. Obama proposed a new rule whereby the onus would be on...
  • ObamaCare Violates Far More Than Just Catholic Rights

    02/13/2012 5:42:25 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/10/2012 | IBD Staff
    The president's phony contraception compromise might be enough to convince Catholics their rights aren't being trampled. But what about the rest of us, who face more rights violations in the name of ObamaCare?... Until ObamaCare is pulled out root and branch, however, there will be no end to the rights-wrecking mischief out of Washington.
  • With Contraceptive Mandate, who's in bed with Big Pharma now?

    02/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by PizzaTheHut · 29 replies
    With Contraceptive Mandate, who's really in bed with "Big Pharma" now?
  • Peter Schiff: Obama Birth Control is not "Free" (Brilliant Video)

    02/13/2012 6:26:04 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | February 12, 2012 | Peter Schiff
  • BREAKING: Pro-life leaders slam White House ‘compromise’ on birth control mandate

    02/10/2012 10:28:01 AM PST · by unique1 · 138 replies ^ | Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:32 EST | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, February 10, 2012 ( - The White House announced today that, instead of forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, it will force insurance companies to offer the drugs free of charge to all women, no matter where they work. The plan, touted as a concession to freedom of religion and conscience, was immediately denounced by pro-life Rep. Chris Smith. “The so-called new policy is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else,. said Smith. .It remains a serious violation of religious freedom. Only the most naď or gullible would accept this as a change...
  • Ryan: Obama revised birth-control rule an 'accounting trick'

    02/12/2012 7:01:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) blasted President Obama’s changes to an administration ruling forcing religiously affiliated organizations to cover contraceptives in their health plans as a “trick.” “It's a distinction without a difference. It's really an accounting trick,” said the Republican lawmaker on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. “It forces the insurance company that they have to pay to do the coverage. So instead of making the institution itself, it reinforces the insurer,” Ryan said. “And a lot of these Catholic institutions are self-insured, and all insurers under this rule must provide these mandated benefits.” “It's not a compromise. The president's...
  • Dems claim victory in birth-control fight despite Obama shift

    02/11/2012 4:36:38 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 48 replies ^ | 2/11/12 | Mike Lillis
    The fierce debate over women's access to contraception is far from over this year, but Democrats this week are claiming victory in the fight's early round. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday shot an email to supporters highlighting President Obama's recent plan to provide female workers – even those employed by Catholic hospitals, universities and charities – free access to birth control. An angry backlash against an earlier version of that plan led Obama to tweak the proposal Friday by shifting the cost burden for contraceptives from the church-backed employers to the insurance companies. "President Obama has set a...
  • Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land: ‘How dumb does [Obama] think we are?’

    02/11/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land: ‘How dumb does [Obama] think we are?’ By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 12:19 AM 02/11/2012 Following the announced “accommodations” from the White House for religious organizations whose beliefs preclude them from offering birth control, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had some tough words for President Obama. According to Land, the adjustment in the mandate requiring all employers — including religious organizations — to provide birth control is “a distinction without a difference.” “My initial reaction is: How dumb does he think we are?” Land wondered....
  • Catholic Bishops Oppose Compromise on Birth-Control Insurance [Cite "Grave" Objections To Mandate]

    02/11/2012 10:53:29 AM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 11, 2012 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    FEBRUARY 11, 2012 Catholic Bishops Oppose Compromise on Birth-Control Insurance By LOUISE RADNOFSKY Catholic bishops said Friday night that they would not support the Obama administration's proposed compromise on a controversial rule that requires most employers to fully cover contraception in their workers' health plans. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had led opposition to the regulation, issued a statement saying that they didn't believe their concerns were addressed by a new policy offered by President Barack Obama on Friday morning to allow religious employers who object to the use of birth control to turn over responsibility for covering...
  • Religious controversy burns Obama again (the rookie Hussein is in WAY over his pay grade)

    02/11/2012 6:18:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/12 | Niall Stanage, Amie Parnes
    Religious controversy burns Obama againBy Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes - 02/11/12 07:05 AM ET Chalk up yet another religious controversy on President Obama’s record. The furor over contraception that consumed much of this week is just one more instance of the president having been put onto the back foot at the intersection of faith and politics. It’s a problem that previously has popped up in controversies over Israel, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and even Obama’s 2008 comments about people holding on to “guns and religion.” “It almost appears that every time he tries to steer clear of [the intersection...
  • Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause

    02/11/2012 6:10:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 11, 2012 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause GEORGE NEUMAYR on 2.10.12 The deformed heart of monstrous Obamacare is sick and secularist social engineering. Modern liberalism is willfulness writ large -- a godless ideology that rests upon the caprice of central planners. Under it, the fluctuating and often frightening desires of corrupt men, rather than the changeless will of a caring God, form the shaky measure of "good government." As the grim chapters of recent history show -- chapters written in the blood of millions of unborn children and other "undesirables" -- taking God out of "goodness" drains the term of...
  • (FReep This Poll) Should Health Insurance Companies Be Required to Give Women Free Contraceptives?

    02/11/2012 4:54:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | Fox 5 San Diego
    FReep This Poll! Contraception Controversy Should health insurance companies be required to give women free contraceptives? - Yes - No Note: Go to the link provided here to the Fox 5 San Diego homepage. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right side of the homepage (a bit above Chrissy's Outfit of the Day) Vote your choice.
  • Bishops to Obama: No dice

    02/11/2012 8:44:36 AM PST · by nicmarlo · 21 replies
    Hot Air | 2/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    After a long day of supposed "accommodation" and discussion, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops took a close look at the supposed adjustment of the HHS mandate yesterday. Their conclusion? It represents no change at all, and the bishops will press for a “legislative solution” to Barack Obama’s mandate: These changes require careful moral analysis, and moreover, appear subject to some measure of change. But we note at the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders—for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals—is unacceptable and...
  • FULL TEXT: Gov. Scott Walker's remarks to CPAC

    02/11/2012 6:53:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    The Washington Insider ^ | February 10, 2012 | Phillip Klein
    Here are Gov. Scott Walker's prepared remarks before the Conservative Political Action Conference: Reince and I grew up not too far from each other in southern Wisconsin. In fact, Reince lived a few miles east of the small town I grew up in and Paul Ryan lived a few miles to the west. Without a doubt, each of the three of us was inspired to pursue public service at about the same time. And the prime inspiration for that call was a man named Ronald Reagan. He was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. He had the courage of...
  • WSJ Almost Uniquely Raises Self-Insurance Issue in 'Immaculate Contraception' Editorial

    02/11/2012 8:01:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    News Busters ^ | 2-11-12 | Tony Blumer
    Yesterday's announcement by President Obama (headlined at the White House's website as "Remarks by the President on Preventive Care") of planned revisions to an ObamaCare-driven rule which, in the President's words, "if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company -– not the hospital, not the charity -– will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles." Showing just how out of touch the establishment press is with reality, an...
  • The Church of Obama [Mark Steyn]

    02/11/2012 7:32:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Announcing his support for Commissar Sebelius’s edicts on contraception, sterilization, and pharmacological abortion, that noted theologian the Most Reverend Al Sharpton explained: “If we are going to have a separation of church and state, we’re going to have a separation of church and state.”</p>
  • Obama to announce religious "accommodation" for religious organizations

    02/10/2012 7:45:50 AM PST · by xzins · 98 replies
    700 WLW ^ | Friday, February 10, 2012
    The Obama administration will attempt to accommodate religious groups that are unhappy with a new mandate that forces them to offer health insurance that covers contraceptive methods. With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups. The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal...
  • White House to announce 'accommodation' on contraceptive policy (Pope Obama to still dictate terms)

    02/10/2012 6:52:21 AM PST · by tobyhill · 62 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/10/2012 | Ed (Obama Butt Boy) Henry
    The White House is expected to announce as early as Friday a plan to accommodate religious organizations that are opposed to a new policy requiring them to offer contraceptive coverage to employees. A senior adviser to President Obama confirmed to Fox News that there will be an "accommodation" -- but advisers said the announcement does not represent a "compromise." The move comes as several prominent Democratic lawmakers have urged the Obama administration to reconsider its position. Vice President Biden said in an interview a day earlier that he was "determined" to work out the dispute.
  • Live Thread: 12:15 Eastern, Man-Child Occupier to "accomodate" Freedom of Religion announcement

    02/10/2012 9:03:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies · 2+ views
    2/10/2012 | Axelrod-loaded teleprompter, Obama reads it
    Available on all news networks. The Lie Festival begins to about 25 minutes, if the teleprompter is working correctly
  • Top Democrat: Obama Contraception Rule 'Un-American'

    02/10/2012 8:37:05 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 11 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/10/2012 | Thomas Ferdousi
    With a majority of Americans rallying against the Obama Administration's rule that religious institutions must be forced to provide contraception, it appears that the sentiment is growing. The ObamaCare mandate mainly affects the Catholic Church, but many non-Catholics are making clear their opposition to this government intrusion. It's even spread to Democrats. One Democrat in particular, Senator Joe Manchin, has been unequivocal in his condemnation. Manhcin is up for re-election this year after serving two terms as West Virginia's Governor. "This is not only unacceptable, it is un-American," says Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a Catholic who faces re-election in November...
  • The Long Road to Eroding Religious Freedom: When President Obama Bragged About It

    02/08/2012 6:12:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/8/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    “Darn tooting.” Back in October when the HHS contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate issue was more under the radar than it is now (the announcement on January 20 was far from the first communication about it from the administration), President Obama bragged about it during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago. From the White House transcript: And to make sure that those laws are upheld, we appointed two brilliant women to the Supreme Court. (Applause.) We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” so that every single American can serve their country, regardless of who they love. (Applause.) And, yes
  • Senate Democrats Say Obama ‘Reinforced’ His Stance on Contraception Mandate at Democratic Retreat

    02/08/2012 5:14:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    abc news ^ | 2/8/12 | Sunlen Miller
    President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said. The retreat was closed to media. Following President Obama’s speech at the retreat, a small group of Senate Democrats, mostly women, left the retreat early in order to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to counter the Republicans’ news conference today at which they called for the mandate to be overturned.
  • Deny Communion to Pelosi urge canon lawyer, popular priest-blogger

    02/08/2012 1:23:31 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2012 ( – After pro-abortion House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defied America’s bishops last week by proclaiming she would stand with her “fellow Catholics” in support of President Obama’s contraception mandate, one of the web’s most prominent priest-bloggers has issued an impassioned plea for her bishops to deny her Holy Communion in accord with canon law. “For the good of souls, Nancy Pelosi must be denied Holy Communion and the Catholic people should be informed that she is being denied Holy Communion,” wrote Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (aka Fr. Z) on his blog Tuesday. Fr. Zuhlsdorf is...