Dear Pro-life Friend,
Get ready to pay.
This morning President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to break the news.
Secretary of Health and Human Services and pro-abortion Catholic Kathleen Sebelius just announced that the proposed mandate requiring all insurance plans to pay for contraception, sterilization and some abortion drugs is official — and Catholics cannot escape.
…and the fig-leaf exemption for religious groups will not be modified, apart from allowing some groups an additional year to comply.
Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan responded minutes ago, saying: “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”
Beginning August 1, 2012 (less than eight months from today), the insurance premiums we pay, including the insurance premiums paid by Catholics for employees of churches and schools — will be used to cover drugs and procedures that are in direct conflict with the teachings of our Church.
That’s right. Our government will now force us to pay for insurance coverage for birth control, sterilization and even some abortion drugs.
President Obama ignored the organized efforts of Catholics across the country, including bold statements from the Bishops, university presidents (including Notre Dame’s Rev. Jenkins), and even his Catholic allies like Sr. Carol Keehan.
Instead, President Obama stood with his real friends — Planned Parenthood.
Just yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the bishops from the United States who were completing their “Ad Limina” visit in Rome. The Holy Father specifically cited the “grave threats” to the freedom of the Church in America, and urged the Catholic community to respond, especially with “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity.”
He’s talking to you and me. The Holy Father’s brief address is a must read (link below).
Finally, today marks exactly one year from Inauguration Day. In exactly 12 months, America will welcome a new president, or usher in four more years of Barack Obama and his assault on our liberties. This irony is not lost on us.
We built CatholicVote into a movement to advance the cause of life, family, and freedom. Today’s decision is an assault on all three. And it MUST be defeated.
You have our pledge that we will do everything possible to educate and mobilize the Catholic vote in 2012.
For on a day such as this, we realize that elections indeed have consequences.
The Catholic vote must rise up like never before.
Brian Burch, President
Call me crazy, but seems to me we ought to take a closer look at this issue before jumping whole hog on one side or the other.
We have internet Freedom on one side of the fence and Creative freedom on the other. Is that an accurate depiction?
If I make a $billion movie, and within 4 days of release it is in 24 languages all over the world … Is this not an infringement of MY rights to own my work and do with it as I choose? Surely something more must be done to protect the creative properties online. Perhaps, these bills just go too far? I have not read them, but that is my “feeling.” Once again, we seem to be back at the age-old question:
FREEDOM or SECURITY?
“These bills, PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) have the noble goal of attempting to eliminate the theft of copyright. They propose to do this however, in a manner which will fundamentally break the internet. Imagine a world where Youtube was banned, Minecraft was stopped because a fan made a character out of blocks which loosely resembles a movie star, or ModDB.com closed because someone from the community posted something inappropriate.” READ MORE