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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 naï 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...