Monday, February 20, 2012

The Moral Problems of Obama's "Compromise" on HHS Mandate


The National Catholic Bioethics Center spells is all out for us:
NCBC Statement on the HHS Mandates and the So-called Compromise
Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:42:00 PM

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (the NCBC) consistently has voiced its strong opposition to the mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that all employers provide insurance coverage free of charge to their employees for contraceptives, surgical sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs and devices. There was widespread outrage to this measure which was seen by many as an attempt to force religious organizations to violate their moral convictions and religious beliefs by providing drugs, procedures and devices that they considered to be immoral because they violated human dignity. The opposition was so strong and from so many different quarters that President Obama proposed what he called a “compromise” on Friday, February 10. The NCBC has been involved in providing analyses of the “compromise” to its various constituents and collaborating with others involved with trying to influence public policy. As soon as the government documents were actually made available and studied, it became obvious that there was no true compromise at all but rather some slight modifications to procedure that left the substance of the mandate entirely intact. In fact, the day the “compromise” was announced, the mandate was entered into the federal register with no changes.

Since the announcement of the “compromise” organizations of varied religious beliefs and political affiliation have called upon President Obama to withdraw the HHS mandate in its entirety.

Some of the fundamental reasons the “Mandate” must continue to be opposed are:
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