Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Cecile Richards, was a key advisor in putting this mandate together, and they have teamed up with Obama to aggressively push their agenda on Christian medical providers. Despite the fact that liberal self-identifying Catholics Joe Biden and Kathleen Sebelius strongly urged President Obama against trying to force the mandate, Obama took the advice of Planned Parenthood. Although this mandate threatens all Christian healthcare providers, we all know that the Obama administration has especially targeted Catholic institutions. The Catholic Church has not budged on its position regarding artificial means of contraception in two thousand years, and it won’t bow to the demands or so-called compromises of the Obama administration now.
I want to reiterate that this retaliation is not about restricting women’s access to birth control. If and when this mandate fails, a woman’s right to obtain birth control will not be impacted. It is rooted in the desire to keep government out of religion, and the defense of the conscience laws and Christian healthcare providers’ rights to practice medicine within their moral and ethical boundaries.
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