I haven’t commented on President Obama’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unconstitutional mandate which would force all employers, including Catholic employers to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. This unconstitutional mandate will force almost all health insurers to include those “services” in the health policies they write. This unconstitutional mandate will force almost all individuals to buy that coverage as a part of their healthcare coverage. “In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.” (Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown).

I haven’t commented on it up to now because there has been so much to repost and retweet that there wasn’t anything I had to add to the whole issue; until now. On Sunday morning I had the displeasure of hearing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, himself a self-described Catholic, say on CNN’s State of the Union, “There has been a little bit too much hyperventilating over this issue.” He then lied and said that “Twenty eight states already enforce such a policy.” Then lied again when he said, “This is not about abortion, it’s about covering contraception as part of the health care coverage – mandatory basic coverage.” Then, proving that the third time isn’t always a charm – lied again when he said that some European countries have also mandated the coverage.

Then this morning I read a guest commentary in the Detroit Free Press by Victoria Kovari, entitled Catholic Church should stay out of fight over insuring birth control. Victoria opened her rant by qualifying herself; writing:

I was very discouraged at the level of outrage that this group of bishops has displayed about this ruling. I am a Catholic, go to Mass every week, serve on the Parish Council and am morally opposed to abortion. But when it comes to contraception, I am in a different camp — and I am not alone. Ninety-eight percent of Catholic women of reproductive age have used birth control, including me. So have my sisters, my nieces and almost every other Catholic woman I know.

What Victoria failed to mention is that she is a former Interim President and National Field Director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which is bathhouse of public and heretical Catholic dissent. Nonetheless, she then goes on to repeat the same lies as Governor O’Malley, she wrote:

Twenty-eight states — including Michigan — already require contraception to be covered by health insurance, and for good reason: it has health benefits as a preventive service, but is also proven to reduce the risk of some cancers and infections. Contraception coverage is also part of health care plans in Italy and nearly all other European countries. Europe is home to more than 750 million Catholics and thousands of Catholic institutions.

I’ll get to O’Malley in a moment, but dealing with Ms. Kovari first – I still don’t know why Catholic’s who reject the Churches’ teaching feel the right to comment on it as if we don’t know that what they are actually doing is justifying their actions. Then to say that your sisters, nieces, and most women are just like you doesn’t make it better – it makes it worse! Notwithstanding statistics, Kovari was correct to state that Michigan does require insurance coverage of contraceptives, but what she utterly failed to mention was that, just like nineteen other states, Michigan offers exemptions from contraceptive coverage (usually for religion) for insurers or employers in their policies. Therefore, there is no hard similarity here – the Obama HHS mandate does not allow for a religious exemption other than for houses of worship – that’s the central point of this fight. Ms. Kovari a guest commentary does not allow you to exclude truth!

Now onto Governor O’Malley. He lied when he said that “Twenty eight states already enforce such a policy.” According to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Guttmacher Institute, Montana is the only state that require insurance coverage of contraceptives, but doesn’t allow for an exemption for employer or healthcare provider. Also, because the Obama HHS mandate will force healthcare companies to cover sterilization procedures and abortion-inducing drugs, O’Malley lied when he said that “This is not about abortion, it’s about covering contraception as part of the health care coverage – mandatory basic coverage.”

Concerning this story they keep telling that some European countries, including Italy, have contraception coverage is also part of health care plans – let’s not forget the fact that those European countries have Nationalizes/Government run Healthcare systems! I’m so happy the left is finally, though dim wittingly, comparing Obamacare to the cornerstone of socialism – government-run healthcare. Notwithstanding their confession, it’s false to say that those European countries mandate employers to offer their employees healthcare plans that cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs, because in the vast majority of those systems, healthcare is a form of direct welfare; meaning the citizens pay a tax to the government to provide them with healthcare – the issuance of healthcare doesn’t need to involve the employer in any way. Therefore, there is no hard similarity here either. The Obama HHS mandate is forcing private insurers provide a number of specific services and is mandating employers to purchase them. And for their part, employees are given the option to either pay for healthcare out of their own work income, get it through Medicaid/Medicare, or go without. Medicare aside (a tax to provide healthcare for seniors), this country doesn’t have a healthcare tax as many European countries do.

Last Sunday when I heard our permanent Deacon read the letter from our Bishop concerning our opposition to this affront by Obama I got butterflies in my stomach when I heard this paragraph read:

We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God-given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

So, as we continue to pray and fast as a community of faith that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored, let us also continue to move into action and mobilize against this persecution of people of God. Also, please visit the website for the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment to send an email to your State Representative and Senator about this issue.

USCCB insists: White House spreading falsehoods about contraceptive mandate

– – – – – – –
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
– – – – – – –