2012-02-10 / Letters

A Right Of Conscience

Dear Editor,

The Obama Administration, under the direction of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued a mandate stating that after August 1 of this year, all health plans, religious organizations and religious hospitals will be required to provide all FDA approved contraceptives, including some that can cause abortions.

For many years these groups have had an exemption called a “CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION” regarding issues that involved the beliefs of your religious faith. The Obama Administration has turned down repeated requests from Catholic bishops, schools, Catholic hospitals, and charitable organizations to maintain the religious exemption.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of N.Y. said: “The Obama Administration has drawn an unprecedented ‘line in the sand’ with this decision. If this law goes into effect, an organization such as Catholic Charities would no longer be able to offer services to non-Catholics.” Cardinal-designate Dolan said: “This decision has put the Obama Administration on the wrong side of the Constitution, and should be rescinded.”

BILL DICKESHEID

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