On August 1, 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed that all employers

should be required to provide free contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drug coverage for all employees. On January 20, 2012, the offending regulation was issued. Almost immediately, a storm of protest arose. In response, President Obama proposed that this cost be borne by insurance companies, not directly by employers. As we shall see, his proposal does not solve any of the problems the mandate raises.

The Issue

Birth control devices and drugs assume that normal women are dangerous. Women must be mechanically or chemically neutered. Birth control assumes female fertility is evil. The use of birth control is essentially misogynistic. This hatred of women is precisely what the Church has always fought.

Contraceptives Cause Abortion
Hormonal contraceptives have several modes of action. They can prevent ovulation. They can also thin the uterine lining. Contraceptives often fail to prevent ovulation. When the released egg is fertilized, it becomes an embryo in the upper one-third of the Fallopian tube. About six days later, the embryonic child reaches the womb. Upon arrival, s/he cannot implant because the contraceptive has destroyed the womb’s lining. The result? Death via chemically-induced abortion. Some say pregnancy only begins at implantation. This is false. For nearly 150 years, science has known life begins with conception, the union of sperm and egg. This fact is the foundation of the science of embryology.2 So why argue for implantation? In 1978, a biologist created and successfully implanted the world’s first human test-tube baby. Critics pointed out the foolishness of impregnating a Petri dish. Thus, those who intended to make money by creating and selling children through IVF had to change the terminology. They began insisting that pregnancy only begins at implantation. Today, over thirty years later, embryologists still refuse to go along with this money-hungry perversion of science.

Problem #3:

In 1999, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization, concluded “[c]ombined oral contraceptives are carcinogenic to humans” — Class I carcinogens.1 This was reaffirmed in 2005. Class I carcinogens include things like first- and second-hand tobacco smoke, benzene, formaldehyde, and plutonium. Hormonal contraceptives are virtually the only drugs on the list. Despite this fact, many doctors still routinely prescribe the pill for a variety of conditions, ranging from acne to birth control. Just as the Catholic Church does not pay for her employees’ cigarettes, so the Church does not pay for her employees’ birth control. It is absurd that anyone would force employers to pay for carcinogens that will injure women and kill children.

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Contraceptives Are Carcinogens.

Problem #1

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President Obama’s Broken Promises

Health and Human Services from funding abortion, it also violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which specifically protects individuals, including employers, from any government mandate that excessively burdens the exercise of religion. The term “exercise of religion” is defined broadly to mean “any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.” 3

Problem #5

On Friday, Feb. 11, 2012, President Obama said he had accommodated Catholic institutions by shifting the burden of free contraceptive coverage to the insurance carriers. But, scant hours after he announced his famed “accommodation”, he released the actual regulations. They were, in fact, unchanged: “Accordingly, the amendment to the interim final rule with comment period amending 45 CFR 147.130(a)(1)(iv) which was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 46621-46626 on August 3, 2011, is adopted as a final rule without change.” [Emphasis added.]4

The final rule does contain a non-binding promise to consider changes. Such promises are not new. Back in March, 2010, President Obama had issued an Executive Order with which he had likewise assured lawmakers that his new Health Care Reform Act would not fund contraceptives or abortion. Neither promise seems likely to be kept.5

Contraceptives Treat Pregnancy As A Disease
Medicine heals bodily defects or illnesses. Technological devices, such as crutches or wheelchairs, compensate for human weakness. What illness does birth control correct? What weakness is present in a woman’s correctly functioning biology?
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Problem #2

The Mandate Will Break Catholic Hospitals
25% of the nation’s hospitals are Catholic. Catholic hospitals care for 1 in 6 Americans, many of them poor. In fact, Catholic theology requires
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Problem #6

The Mandate Violates Federal Law
The HHS mandate not only circumvents the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the Department of
2 http://www.prolife.com/life_begins.html; http://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html

Problem #4

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hospitals to maintain an enormous line item just for charity, i.e. free medical services to the poor. If a Catholic hospital is forced to spend millions of dollars in fines for refusing to violate Catholic doctrine, those millions of dollars will not be available to serve the poor. The HHS mandate is a direct attack on the poor. It will strip Catholic medical care away from the most impoverished neighborhoods and leave those poor people vulnerable to illness, disease and death. By accepting the HHS mandate, the patients in these Catholic hospitals may very well be automatically rendered ineligible for any federal assistance. But refusal of the mandate entails paying massive fines which will also strip services from the poor. Either way, everyone loses.

The Mandate Violates Religious Conscience

Most Catholic organizations either self-insure or use Catholic insurance companies. Catholic organizations, whether charities or insurance companies, cannot be compelled to violate the Faith. In fact, no Catholic can be compelled to do this. Catholics run not just charities or insurance companies, but all kinds of businesses. A Catholic CEO has the right to run her business in a way that does not violate her own conscience, even if her business has no direct connection to teaching or spreading the Catholic Faith. Some claim that 98% of Catholic women support the HHS mandate because they all use birth control. Both statistic and conclusion are false. Both are based on a single, unreplicated study from the Guttmacher Institute, formerly an arm of Planned Parenthood.6 The Guttmacher analysis involved women aged 15-44 who (a) had sex in the last three months and (b) were trying to avoid pregnancy. Most of the Catholic women in the survey were not married. Is
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Problem #7
it any surprise that women who did not live Catholic teaching on sex and marriage largely didn’t follow Catholic teaching on sex and contraception? But, even that wasn’t enough. To get their “98%”, advocates had to count women who did not care if they became pregnant, and who therefore were not using birth control, as part of those who were using birth control. So, the HHS mandate forces Catholic employers to pay for the actions of employees who actively violate Catholic teachings. Americans of every faith and political persuasion oppose the HHS mandate.7 This includes: • Doug Kmiec, President Obama’s own Catholic Ambassador to Malta, who has said he now has no candidate he can vote for in 2012. • The Orthodox Bishops of America, • More than 40 Protestants groups, • Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, • Every Catholic bishop who leads a diocese.

The Mandate Violates the Constitution

Problem #8

When government grants us money, it doesn’t mean government has bought our rights. Students who receive educational grants cannot have their freedom of speech curtailed or their right to bear arms curtailed on that basis. Similarly, the government has no right to strip us of freedom of conscience. President Obama has no Constitutional right, no moral or legal right, to impose this mandate. It must be abolished.

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http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/Religion-and-Contraceptive-Use.pdf

http://www.becketfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ToPresident-NonCatholics-RelExemptionSigned.pdf

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Eight Problems With The HHS Mandate

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