Caspar Isenmann, Betrayal of Christ (15th c.)
- This makes it illegal to be a pro-life insurance company. Instead of violating the consciences of pro-life religious organizations, the government will now violate the consciences of pro-life insurance companies. So if you want to start a health insurance company, but don't want to fund abortion, sterilization, and contraception, forget it.
- This still tramples the rights of businesses and individuals. Plenty of ordinary businesses operate consistent with their religious principles, from Chik-fil-a to Walmart. A bevy of individuals running smaller businesses fit this description as well. As announced, it appears that these employers are ineligible for any sort of exemption.
The Three Young Men in the Blazing Furnace (1575)
Today, at Mass, Cardinal Wuerl pointed out the absurdity of forcing Catholic homeless shelters to stop people at the door to ensure they're Catholic before helping them. But the USSCB has pointed out a greater absurdity: that even “Jesus and his apostles would not have been ‘religious enough’ for the exemption, since they healed and served people of different faiths. The exemption provides no protection at all to sponsors and providers of health plans for the general public, to pro-life people who own businesses, or to individuals with a moral or religious objection to these procedures.”
- This is divide and conquer. Let's not be naive. When even the Administration's senior officials deny that it's really a compromise, it's not a compromise. Instead, the Obama Administration is seeking to fracture the united opposition to the HHS Mandate from Catholics, Evangelicals, and people who care about religious freedom. As a divisive tactic, it seems to be working.
In addition to all of this, there's still the fact that the government is now encouraging mortal sin through the power of the State. And, of course, it's still claiming that contraception is a preventive service, treating pregnancy as a disease. As the USCCB notes:
The Institute of Medicine committee that compiled the “preventive services” list for HHS said in its report that unintended pregnancy is “a condition for which safe and effective prevention and treatment” need to be more widely available – setting the stage for mandated coverage of abortion as the “treatment” when prevention fails. Note that women who suffer from infertility, which really is an illness, were ignored in this mandate.This isn't an olive branch. It's a smallpox blanket. It looks like this fight is far from over.
Update: The USCCB, after reviewing the proposed compromise, rejected it for all of the reasons listed above.