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For Immediate Release – February 10, 2012
ND Expert: Obama administration “comprise accommodation” inadequate
President Obama’s proposed adjustments to the new Health & Human Services rule requiring Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, to provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs continue to violate religious liberty, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.
“Today’s ‘compromise accommodation’ is nothing of the sort,” Snead said.
“The original uproar across the ideological spectrum was in reaction to the administration’s requirement that virtually all religious employers cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in violation of their strongly held beliefs.
“Today’s rule still requires religious institutions (on pain of ruinous treasury fines) to purchase insurance that covers these same objectionable services. It is irrelevant that the rule requires the insurance company (rather than the religious institution) to explain to employees that the policy purchased for them by their employer includes the 5-day after pill. For institutions that self-insure, the situation is even worse; they will be forced to contact their employees and pay for such services themselves.
“It is no answer to suggest that the religious liberty of such employers is being accommodated because they are not “paying” for the objectionable services. First, it is naïve to imagine that the services are truly cost-free and that these costs will not be passed along to the employers who purchase these plans. More importantly, the simple fact is that under this policy the government is coercing religious institutions to purchase a product that includes services that they regard as gravely immoral.
“We should ask ourselves why President Obama has sustained the narrow exemption for churches, religious orders, and auxiliaries? This is tantamount to the admission that this policy, just like the previous one, runs afoul of religious liberty.”
O. Carter Snead
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School
In a recent post we brought news to you of the recently announced HHS Mandate concerning conscience protection and healthcare reform. Everyone has something to say about it, where do you stand?
The above are but a raw sampling of the myriad of statements, announcements, articles, editorials, and the like that have flooded the reading market in the last week and a half.
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“Catholic Culture” Reports
The Catholic Church is teaming up with a biotech firm that is engaging in adult stem cell research — helping prove its contention that it is supportive of stem cell research without destroying human life.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has announced steps forward in their partnership designed to advance adult stem cell research with NeoStem, an international biopharmaceutical company.
In a press conference at the Vatican, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, and Reverend Tomasz Trafny, Head of the Science and Faith Department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, provided further details on both their ongoing partnership and on a groundbreaking event the international Vatican conference on adult stem cells which is scheduled for November 9 – 11, 2011 at the Vatican.
This past week, a U.N. panel on the topic of “Secure Human Development: Marriage, Family, Community, “ was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Holy and the Missions of Honduras and Malta. Discussing the issues of population and development, there arose starke disagreement between the views of developed and developing countries on the subject of family planning and fertility. The disagreement highlighted the differences of priorities between nations. While representatives of developing countries argued against the propogation of family planning services, saying ”How do we get our fertility rate to rise? We were told we need to reduce our fertility – now we have an aging population” which slows the country’s development, a representative from the U.S. reprimanded the Vatican for the lack of a “comprehensive” approach to development in its rejection of abortion and contraceptive family planning practices.
Discussions at this week’s panel bring to light many of the congruities in the approach taken by the U.N. and other developed countries towards “assisting” still-developing countries. “So much attention is given to family planning thta it drains resources away from what the desperate needs are,” says Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.
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PHOENIX, Arizona, December 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic hospital that performed a direct abortion last year has lost its official endorsement as a Catholic institution by the local bishop.
Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Az. announced in a news conference Tuesday morning that St. Joseph’s Hospital was no longer Catholic after it refused to comply with the bishop’s terms, which included renouncing the direct killing of an unborn baby of a woman suffering from pulmonary hypertension, at 11 weeks gestation.
Olmsted said that, “Communication with leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West has only eroded my confidence about their commitment to the church’s ethical and religious directives for health care,” according to local news reports.
“They have not addressed in an adequate manner the scandal caused by the abortion,” said the bishop. “Moreover, I have recently learned that many other violations of the ethical and religious directives have been taking place at Catholic Healthcare West facilities in Arizona throughout my seven years as bishop of Phoenix and far longer.” Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the parent company of St. Joseph’s hospital, and is based in California.
In a statement published Wedesday, Olmsted explained that he had “hoped and prayed that this day would not come,” but that it had been a losing battle since he first began discussing with CHW how to resolve its violation of the U.S. bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD) seven years ago.
The bishop said that he learned, in only the last several weeks, that both the facility and CHW had administered contraceptives, performed sterilizations, and conducted other direct abortions “due to the mental or physical health of the mother” or after rape or incest.
“In all my seven years as Bishop of Phoenix, I have continued to insist that this scandalous situation needed to change; sadly, over the course of these years, CHW has chosen not to comply,” said Olmsted.