Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate part of health care law for Catholic groups

  • Article by: JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 1, 2014 - 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

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crystalbayJan. 1, 14 3:44 PM

Does anyone else find it odd that the instigators for blocking this ACA provision, Little Sisters of the Poor, are the only segment of society that would never need nor use contraceptives? Nuns and the elderly they serve. Now that's irony! As for church-affiliated institutions who employ countless women who do not subscribe to the Catholic belief system, I object their attempt to exclude contraceptive coverage as a preventive measure. If every person working for a Catholic enterprise held the same religious beliefs, then perhaps excluding birth control would be appropriate, but this is far from the truth.

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okaybruceerJan. 1, 14 6:04 PM

@crystalbay: Nope. You can't force real Catholics to violate our consciences. You can't force us to believe what you believe (ironically, that is what you accuse us of doing). Real Catholics, like these sisters, would rather die than violate their consciences. Some institutions will give in, showing that they value this world over the next. But real Catholic institutions, hospitals, schools, and business will not. We will not comply. There is nothing you can do about it either. We believe in the First Amendment, and if it is our house, business, hospital, or school, you play by our rules. :)

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crystalbayJan. 1, 14 7:41 PM

"You can't force real Catholics to violate our consciences. You can't force us to believe what you believe (ironically, that is what you accuse us of doing). Real Catholics, like these sisters, would rather die than violate their consciences. ".................No one if "forcing you to violate your consciences", but when you enforce this on the majority of even Catholics, you are imposing your personal beliefs upon them. No one is forcing you to believe in what they do either; they're saying that what you believe has no right to impinge upon what they do re: contraception. Tell me, just how it "violates" you conscience to allow others to do what 99% of them do using contraception???

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okaybruceerJan. 1, 14 8:59 PM

@crystalbay who said, "No one if "forcing you to violate your consciences", but when you enforce this on the majority of even Catholics, you are imposing your personal beliefs upon them." Incorrect. This is simply truth and an official tenant of the Catholic Church. Those who flout it are simply not Catholic. There is nothing "personal" to it. It is our belief, and we real Catholics would rather die than cooperate with evil, formal or mediate. crystal bay said, "No one is forcing you to believe in what they do either" What I understand to be true is worth dying for. I will hopefully have the courage of the martyrs should the need arise. I have no intention of ever backing down on the truth. What you call a "choice" I call a way of life. It is similar how certain folks around here (yourself included, I assume) allow same-sex attracted persons to identify by their chosen behaviors. Well, we identify as Catholic and we cannot change, even under penalty of death. We want it that way. You can't stop us. crystalbay said, "they're saying that what you believe has no right to impinge upon what they do re: contraception." Incorrect. We're saying that you have no right to push your belief (that contraception is okay to use) upon us. That is a violation of our freedom of religion, which we still have and will die for. crystalbay said, "Tell me, just how it "violates" you conscience to allow others to do what 99% of them do using contraception???" It violates our consciences when we are forced to cooperate with an intrinsic evil. We have chosen the path of Jesus Christ and nothing can sway us from it. We will not cooperate with evil, even if it is a popular evil, for it is a grave sin to do so. Our souls and eternal destiny is far more important than temporal and temporary convenience and popularity.

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