CL: The Obama Administration v. The Catholic Church

From The Catholic League:


November 28, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the upcoming showdown between the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Catholic Church:

On December 1, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform will hold a hearing titled, “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants.” At issue is the decision by the Obama administration to deny a grant that the Catholic Church routinely receives providing for relief to the victims of human trafficking; the ruling was made despite an independent review board’s finding that gave high scores to the Church’s program.

The Church was denied the grant because it refuses to offer abortion referrals. Many Catholics, including the Catholic League, believe that the politicized nature of the decision to defund the program demands a hearing, and on Thursday we will get it. Since 2006, the Church has helped more than 2,700 trafficking victims, most of whom are women and children.

Although the issue of abortion referral is on the table, the real issue is something more sinister: the pro-abortion community, which is supporting the Obama administration’s push to mandate that private healthcare plans provide coverage for sterilization and contraceptive services, has its real sights set on mandated abortion coverage. That’s why there has been an editorial and op-ed explosion in recent weeks calling for Obama to stand up to the bishops. Everyone knows that even minimum-wage earners can afford contraceptives, so this issue hardly explains the heated rhetoric. What mandated contraceptive services accomplishes is that it greases the slide towards abortion coverage.

Those who do not ascribe to the vision of sexuality entertained by “progressives,” but are nonetheless not terribly bothered by the push for contraceptive services in healthcare plans, need to wake up and smell the odor before the “progressives” start racing for home. We’re at the top of the stretch right now, which is why this hearing is critical.

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  1. digdigby says:

    The old fashioned abortionist was once an integral part of the ‘system’ of prostitution and organized human trafficking in underage girls. Has anything really changed?

  2. ContraMundum says:

    Ah, good. If it weren’t for “Catholic League president Bill Donohue”, I would have thought that the Obama administration was actively supporting Catholic morality.

    Or maybe not.

  3. eulogos says:

    “Those who do not subscribe to” not “ascribe to.”

    Contra Mundum, it is true that we know what you say, but is there anything wrong with Mr.Donohue’s making a point of this issue?

    Susan Peterson

  4. tioedong says:

    yes, and the Obama administration is pushing the abortion/contraception/sex ed law on the Philippines under the guise of the “reproductive health law” act.
    One third of our women don’t have a trained birth attendant, but they will push the pill on them (which will lead to more malnutrition because the pill dries up breast milk).
    And I see many articles stressing why we should promote condom use, quoting the UN “experts” complaining that the Philippines is one of the few countries where HIV cases are increasing…the article never mention that we have less than 10 thousand cases, in contrast to over 100 thousand in nearby Thailand. Nor do they mention that many cases in Asia are from IV drug abuse.

  5. DisturbedMary says:

    The hearing will be streamed live at Oversight.House.Gov.
    “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants” on Thursday, December 1st at 9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

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