On August 1, 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, theSecretary o Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed that all employers should be requiredto provide ree contraception, sterilization andabortion-inducing drug coverage or all employees.On January 20, 2012, the oending regulation wasissued. Almost immediately, a storm o protest arose.In response, President Obama proposed that thiscost be borne by insurance companies, not directlyby employers. As we shall see, his proposal does notsolve any o the problems the mandate raises.
Contraceptives Are Carcinogens.
In 1999, the International Agency or Research onCancer (IARC) o the World Health Organization,concluded “[c]ombined oral contraceptives arecarcinogenic to humans” — Class I carcinogens.
Tis was rearmed in 2005. Class I carcinogens includethings like rst- and second-hand tobacco smoke,benzene, ormaldehyde, and plutonium. Hormonalcontraceptives are virtually the only drugs on the list.Despite this act, many doctors still routinely prescribe the pill or a variety o conditions, ranging rom acne to birth control. Just as the Catholic Church does not pay or heremployees’ cigarettes, so the Church does not pay orher employees’ birth control. It is absurd that anyone would orce employers to pay or carcinogens that will injure women and kill children.
Contraceptives reat Pregnancy As A Disease
Medicine heals bodily deects or illnesses.echnological devices, such as crutches or wheelchairs, compensate or human weakness. Whatillness does birth control correct? What weakness is present in a woman’s correctly unctioning biology?
Birth control devices and drugs assume thatnormal women are dangerous. Women must bemechanically or chemically neutered. Birth controlassumes emale ertility is evil. Te use o birth controlis essentially misogynistic. Tis hatred o women is precisely what the Church has always ought.
Contraceptives Cause Abortion
Hormonal contraceptives have several modes o action. Tey can prevent ovulation. Tey can alsothin the uterine lining.Contraceptives ofen ail to prevent ovulation. When the released egg is ertilized, it becomes anembryo in the upper one-third o the Fallopian tube.About six days later, the embryonic child reaches the womb. Upon arrival, s/he cannot implant becausethe contraceptive has destroyed the womb’s lining.Te result? Death via chemically-induced abortion.Some say pregnancy only begins at implantation.Tis is alse. For nearly 150 years, science has knownlie begins with conception, the union o sperm andegg. Tis act is the oundation o the science o embryology.
So why argue or implantation?In 1978, a biologist created and successullyimplanted the world’s rst human test-tube baby.Critics pointed out the oolishness o impregnating aPetri dish. Tus, those who intended to make moneyby creating and selling children through IVF had tochange the terminology. Tey began insisting that pregnancy only begins at implantation. oday, overthirty years later, embryologists still reuse to goalong with this money-hungry perversion o science.
Te Mandate Violates Federal Law
Te HHS mandate not only circumvents the HydeAmendment, which prohibits the Department o
Health and Human Services rom unding abortion,it also violates the Religious Freedom RestorationAct (RFRA), which specically protects individuals,including employers, rom any government mandatethat excessively burdens the exercise o religion. Teterm “exercise o religion” is dened broadly to mean“any exercise o religion, whether or not compelledby, or central to, a system o religious belie.”
President Obama’s Broken Promises
On Friday, Feb. 11, 2012, President Obamasaid he had accommodated Catholic institutions byshifing the burden o ree contraceptive coverageto the insurance carriers. But, scant hours
heannounced his amed “accommodation”, he releasedthe actual regulations. Tey were, in act, unchanged:“Accordingly, the amendment to the interimnal rule with comment period amending 45CFR 147.130(a)(1)(iv) which was publishedin the Federal Register at 76 FR 46621-46626on August 3, 2011,
is adopted as a fnal rulewithout change
.” [Emphasis added.]
Te nal rule does contain a non-binding promise toconsider changes. Such promises are not new.Back in March, 2010, President Obama hadissued an Executive Order with which he had likewiseassured lawmakers that his new Health Care ReormAct would not und contraceptives or abortion.Neither promise seems likely to be kept.
Te Mandate Will Break Catholic Hospitals
25% o the nation’s hospitals are Catholic.Catholic hospitals care or 1 in 6 Americans, manyo them poor. In act, Catholic theology requires