Church - state conflict
POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:28pm
It’s a fight the administration didn’t have to have, but now it’s too late.
The new health care reform law lays out standards for insurance coverage that include offering birth control.
That’s apparently not a big issue, unless you are a Catholic organization.
The White House would obviously like this one to go away, but it isn’t.
The health care mandate requiring access to birth control provides an exemption for churches themselves, but not for church affiliated organizations, like hospitals, schools and charities.
Catholic doctrine prohibits the use of artificial birth control, and the church contends providing it for even non-catholic employees is a violation of the first amendment.
The Administration says, it’s unfair to employees of other faiths who simply work for a church-affiliated organization, and that 28 states have this mandate in place now, including Massachusetts.
But the Conference of Bishops says it’s a matter of the First Amendment and religious freedom.
Ironically, the Conference were big supporters of health care reform.
That is, until now.