Sunday, January 22, 2012
What a way to celebrate an anniversary!
Here is from Witherspoon Institute: (you can read it all here)
Houses of worship are almost certainly protected, but all other religious ministries and institutions are almost certainly not. The exemption covers only: a “religious employer” that has the “inculcation of religious values” as its purpose; “primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets”; and primarily “serves persons who share its religious tenets.” Further, the employer must qualify as a church organization under two narrow provisions of the tax code. Religious institutions such as colleges and universities, as well as hospitals and charitable institutions that employ and serve the public (versus only co-believers) will be ineligible. Individuals, and religiously affiliated health insurers are also outside of the scope of the exemption.
In essence, it is the expectation of the Obama administration that the health care transformation it inaugurated would also expand the availability of abortion coverage under insurers and thus become a tool against the respect for life and the fight for the unborn that has united so many diverse religious groups and ordinary Americans since the tragedy of January 22, 1973.
Sebelius own words tell the story: (you can read it all here)
Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families, it is documented to significantly reduce health costs, and is the most commonly taken drug in America by young and middle-aged women. This rule will provide women with greater access to contraception by requiring coverage and by prohibiting cost sharing.
This decision was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty. I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.
The task before us has become even larger for the forces against respect for life at all stages now marshals the full resources of the federal government to expand the availability and full insurance coverage for abortion. What is ironic here is that Sebelius is Roman Catholic and supposedly could be expected to support the full scale stand for life and the fight to repeal Roe v Wade that Rome itself has championed.