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Catholics Beware: Mandated Birth Control Coverage

Updated on February 24, 2012


The Obama Administration, along with Health and Human Services, has stirred up some major controversy recently with its mandating that contraceptives be part of health insurance coverage. Employers must provide health insurance for their employees that covers contraceptives and birth control. While certain religious institutions are exempt from this, colleges and hospitals are not. The mandate will not be enforced for another year, but it is already causing a great deal of rebellion.


The main opponent of this legislation is the Catholic Church. Catholics have a strict policy against any form of birth control. This mandate forces any Catholic hospital or university to provide insurance to the employees. By having to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives, it is a direct violation of what Catholics believe. In essence, the Obama administration is forcing people to go against their religious beliefs.


Yesterday, the word was spread throughout Catholic churches. Leaders of the Catholic Church wrote a letter that was to be read to the parishioners at every church across the nation. The letter was to inform them about what is going on and encourage them to fight against it through prayer. The Catholic Church finds this mandate to provide such insurance coverage as a direct violation of their right to freedom of religion.


However, there is a great deal of irony to this entire situation. While it may not be right for this sort of health insurance coverage to be mandated, part of the blame can fall back on Catholics. Over 50% of the Catholic vote went to Obama in the 2008 election. That means that Catholics, who claim to be against any contraceptives, voted for Obama, a candidate who is clearly pro-choice. Or, take a look at Notre Dame’s commencement speech in May of 2009. It was given by President Obama. The Catholic Church’s most prominent university invited someone with beliefs that go entirely against those of its institution to speak to the graduates. How about the nuns (representing the over 50,000 nuns) that sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to pass the national healthcare bill? Yes, the same national healthcare that has pro-choice and abortion policies in it.


So who is really against this legislation? Is it just the leaders of the Catholic Church, or is it really all Catholics? It seems as though many “Catholics” are only that way on Sunday. It’s more of a title than anything else. These same people now fighting the mandate to provide the health insurance coverage are the ones who put Obama in office and have supported national healthcare. It doesn’t add up.


People need to take a look at what they stand for and truly believe before voting for a candidate. The same man many Catholics voted for three years ago has now turned around and is pushing for legislation that entirely betrays their beliefs. Now obviously, there were plenty of non-Catholics that also played a part in putting Obama in office. The blame is not all being put on Catholics. National healthcare and now this mandated contraceptive coverage are ridiculous, but it’s just the start. Next, there will probably be mandates for insurance policies to cover abortions too. People do need to take a stand against it, but these things can be entirely avoided if the right candidates are put into office in the first place. People cannot vote for a liberal candidate and expect them to make conservative, pro-religion decisions. Maybe all of this will cause people to look at candidates and think twice about their decision of who to vote for. Catholics may be upset about this, but many of them need to look in the mirror and realize they are partly responsible.


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      Africanus 5 years ago from London

      Hello joelipoo

      With Rick Santorum preaching 'the dangers of contraception in this country', things are bound to be very interesting if his followers seriously pick up on this.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Africanus - Becuase of the way things are in the US, Santorum is essentially already eliminated from the presidential race. I'm not sure he can rally enough supporters anymore. It's just shocking that this isn't a bigger issue with how many people claim to be Catholic.

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      Africanus 5 years ago from London

      Hi Joelipoo

      That much is clear, but I was thinking more of his followers who happen to be Catholic and could uphold his views.

      But is there ever a question with only one side to it?

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I don't believe there are as many true Catholics as people cliam. A lot of "Catholics" just consider it a title and not a belief. That is why it would be hard for Santorum to rally up support so quickly.

      I am not Catholic, but I still believe mandated contraceptives is wrong. I think other non-Catholics will agree with me on this too.

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      Africanus 5 years ago from London

      Rick Santorum seems to be bouncing back! But the thing about Roman Catholics and contraception is that the anti-contraception tradition is regulated by the Pope. The final showdown may well be between him and President Obama.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      It will be interesting to see what all happens with the contraceptive issue that has been stirred up. If it escalates, that could add a whole new dynamic to the race.

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