Yesterday, President Obama’s HHS Secretary Sebelius praised what she called an administration “compromise” on the planned requirement that will force employers to provide birth control for employees with no co-pays and deductions as part of their healthcare insurance. According to Sebelius, the administration has balanced religious concerns against its healthcare edict by giving religious employers such as Catholic universities and hospitals an additional year, until August of 2013, But religious leaders still see this as a new chapter in the Administration’s war on religious liberty.
“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” said Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Besides the fact that the requirement will force the religious-affiliated employers to provide birth control that violates their religious beliefs, religious leaders also point out that the requirement includes abortifacients that violate the Obama administration’s pledge that the government would not mandate abortion.
Nashville’s Dominican congregation said they will close their nursing center operation rather than violate the Catholic Church’s religious beliefs.
Imagine what the Administration will do in the next four years if President Obama is re-elected!