Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Op-ed:
Too bad Obama’s mom didn’t practice birth control
By: Diane Sori

Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act, enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) provides that “A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for— . . . (4) with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings . . . as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration . . . .”

And so says the abomination known as ObamaCare.

Even while we wait with baited breath for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the individual mandate section of ObamaCare, and thus really the entirety of ObamaCare, this administration is rightfully facing yet another challenge to its overwhelmingly NOT wanted health care plan, and this one comes from the Catholic Church, a move highly unusual for them.

Since the mandate was first made public this past January, in response to public and Church outcry and to try and ward off lawsuits he knew would be coming, Obama offered to dilute the wording somewhat so that insurers rather than religious groups paid for birth control, but that changed nothing as it just shifted who paid for what but kept the basic mandate itself in place. 

Barack Hussein Obama tied to pull a ‘bait and switch’ on the Church but thankfully the Church didn’t bite.

So knowing that nothing really changed, The University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Archdiocese of New York and 41 other Roman Catholic institutions, schools, social services and organizations from across the country, filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts this past Monday challenging ObamaCare’s provision that all Church employees must receive coverage for contraception in their health insurance policies whether they want it or not.

With specific wording in the mandate saying that “...all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity” be offered to all Church employees, Obama has stepped over a very dangerous line as this goes against the very doctrines, tenets, policies, and beliefs of the Church and its followers as he tries to force birth-control pills, morning-after pills, and sterilization procedures on those that find them morally reprehensible.

And all this is being done by a man who professes to be a Christian, who professes to follow Christianity’s teachings but whose actions prove he is anything but.

While it will indeed be an uphill battle going against the Federal Government, the Catholic Church knows this and as such is basing its lawsuit on the fact that this mandate is a violation of their core beliefs, the First Amendment, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act .*  They claim, and I concur, that the mandate wrongly gives the Federal Government the power to decide which institutions and groups will be deemed a religious order and which will not, allowing some to qualify for an exemption while some will not, with Obama holding that decision power.  

This goes against the Constitution, as our Founders never intended for one man to wield that kind of power.

While Obama has said (and as he still holds firm to his words even with the lawsuits now having been filed) that the Catholic Church will NOT be exempt from the contraceptive mandate, want to bet he gives exemptions to his muslim brethren as this will give new meaning to the words 'stealth jihad'...if you can’t out fight them, you can win by outnumbering them.  I think that’s a bet we sadly can all take.

Oh how I wish Obama's mom had practiced birth control...we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today if she had.


*The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit any guideline or regulation issued relating to the coverage of preventive health services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or any other provision of PPACA to: (1) require any individual or entity to offer, provide, or purchase coverage for a contraceptive or sterilization service, or related education or counseling, to which that individual or entity is opposed on the basis of religious belief; or (2) require any individual or entity opposed by reason of religious belief to provide coverage of a contraceptive or sterilization service or to engage in government-mandated speech regarding such a service. 

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