- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
In a letter to the editor in the Feb. 17 edition, Mr. Chad Harriman [“Affordable Care Act does not force contraception”] berated a previous letter written by Deborah Rey about the Affordable Care Act.
His basis for fact was the White House website, which as we all know is accurate and always speaks the truth. Does Mr. Harriman think that every Catholic Bishop in the United States as well as more than 2,500 Catholic, evangelical, Protestant, Jewish and other religious leaders who are vocally opposing the new Obamacare mandate have also “failed to do a little quick research?”
And he is wrong that abortifacent drugs will not be covered. This mandate is all the more egregious for including drugs and devices that are known and scientifically shown to function in ways that can cause abortions, including varieties of the morning-after-pill, both before and after implantation. The conscience rights of those who object to such drugs, let alone object to being forced to cover such drugs, is clearly violated by the administration action. Catholic and Christian institutions and hospitals will be required to follow the rules if any of their clients/patients receive government funds and since the hospitals do not treat patients for free unless they are unable to pay the costs, many of the patients do, in fact, receive Medicaid and other government funds.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was forced to shut down their foster care and public adoption program due to a law recognizing same-sex marriage that went into effect in 2010. The law requires that religious organizations serving the general public must provide services to homosexuals regardless of their religious beliefs. I don’t think Ms. Rey needs to brush up on her knowledge of the issues as much as Mr. Harriman needs to open his eyes and see that our First Amendment rights are being trammeled upon. His bullet note that “contraception is used by most women” is not backed up by fact and even if it were true, why should the church be required to pay for it or have a contract with an insurance that pays for it?
Bottom line, the employer is paying for it. The government is in for a very rude awakening if all the Catholic schools and hospitals, soup kitchens run by the church decided to close down. Can you imagine the crowding of the public schools and what will happen to the poorer patients who rely on the church run hospitals when and if they close down? Get your head out of the sand, Mr. Harriman and don’t believe everything you hear from the White House website. It changes with the wind.
Mary Posey, Lusby